A politician in northern Sweden wants to list sex as an officially approved activity for government officials during their daily paid lunch break, the Associated Press reported. Per-Erik Muskos of the city council of Overtornea on the Arctic Circle said he made "a serious and formal" proposal on Monday to add sex to the list of acceptable activities, which also includes going to the gym, getting a massage, or actually eating.
"There are studies that show sex is healthy," he told AFP.
The 42-year-old politician said this would also help boost flagging birth rates and even boost employee morale.
“Sex is also a great form of exercise and has documented positive effects on well-being,” Muskos said. “We should encourage procreation. I believe that sex is often in short supply. Everyday life is stressful and the children are at home," he added.
Muskos proposal is just another example how the Nordic country is challenging traditional workplace habits in order to boost employee satisfaction, the New York Times reported. An experiment with a six-hour work in the southern city of Gothenburg was recently scrapped because it proved too costly, though, proponents said it made staffers happier, healthier, and more productive.