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Swedish town rejects proposal to grant sex leave to workers

Sweden is already famous for its generous welfare state, now the northern town of Overtornea is considering another benefit

A midsummer celebration in Sweden. The town's 31-member council has overwhelmingly rejected the proposal on the grounds that if sexual intercourse were to be subsidised, then so should many other personal activities, such as gardening or even cleaning.

Overtornea, Sweden

WHEN a politician in a small town in northern Sweden recently suggested that it subsidise one-hour sex breaks for local employees, Swedes - and people around the world - reacted with a mixture of astonishment, glee and derision.

The politician, Per-Erik Muskos,...

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