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A Swedish municipality may allow its workers to get on the job while on the clock, for an hour each week. This idea comes to the world thanks to Per-Erik Muskos, a councillor in the Swedish district of Övertorneå, which is a whisker to the south of the Arctic Circle and home to under 2,000 people. As it happens, your …

  1. Dr Scrum Master

    On the premises or off?

    Presumably the 1 hour would include travel time.

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: On the premises or off? / including travel time

      Some people can manage that easily...

      RIMMER: Yvonne McGruder. A single, brief liason with the ship's female boxing champion. March the sixteenth, seven thirty one PM to seven forty three PM.

      LISTER: Please.

      RIMMER: Twelve minutes.

      LISTER: Please!

      RIMMER: And that includes the time it took to eat the pizza.

    2. Servman

      Re: On the premises or off?

      If the population is under 2000, there's not much travel required in town.

  2. frank ly


    It takes me five minutes so that's twelve sessions a week. I just couldn't do it that often.

    1. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

      Re: Problems

      I don't know if this is as -well- as football but I assume it is still going to be five a side, if that helps.

  3. Adam 1

    Has el Reg approaches Trump for comment?

    (Autocarrot wanted to write consent. I had a good chuckle)

  4. ratfox

    I'm curious to know what the plan is for singles. A random matching system?

    1. lglethal Silver badge

      Some sort of rota, perhaps?

    2. iRadiate


      I could draw you a diagram with my other hand if you like.

  5. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    Is this what is known as... desking?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Is this what is known as...

      " desking?"

      I'd give it a go, with <name withheld> from Finance. Why she works for our company and around old lechers like me I have no idea.

      However, there's a slight problem, that if I'm being paid to partake in a bit of pokey, then that makes me a prostitute, and in the UK that's (I think) still illegal. Would HM Government sue themselves for pimping me?

      1. Trigonoceps occipitalis

        Re: Is this what is known as...

        Being paid for sex is legal in the UK. It is the peripheral elements of the industry that are illegal: running a brothel; living off immoral earnings; soliciting; kerb crawling; etc.

  6. Dazed and Confused
    Paris Hilton


    I'm proposing this at today's board meeting.

  7. chivo243 Silver badge

    one hour includes

    The mandatory nap afterwards too?

  8. Christoph

    "busy couples who might otherwise struggle to find time to do the deed.

    You what? There's nothing else to do there in the winter!

  9. Potemkine Silver badge


    This Swedish municipality wants to increase birth rate, but at the same time the Swedish government restricts access to alcohol...

    Don't they know that over 92% of all pregnancies involve alcohol consumption? ^^

    1. PeterM42

      Re: Contradiction

      "Don't they know that over 92% of all pregnancies involve alcohol consumption?"

      But I thought 75% of pregancies were caused by accidents.

  10. Jedit Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    This would never work at my place of employ.

    The entire premises are non-smoking.

    (Paris, because an hour of sex is all the work she's done in her life.)

  11. The Nazz

    Increased population huh?

    Are they hoping for

    a) an increased population due to a increased birth rate,

    b) an influx of migratory persons looking for an hour of paid nookie, or

    c) both.

    I foresee a slight conflict between a) and their world leading "equalities" stance.

    1. jelabarre59

      Re: Increased population huh?

      Are they hoping for

      a) an increased population due to a increased birth rate,

      b) an influx of migratory persons looking for an hour of paid nookie, or

      c) both.

      "B" would probably be the better idea, there's enough countries with overpopulation problems they should be able to bring in enough to fill in the needed places. Besides, "A" presumes 1: heterosexual couples and 2: no birth control used.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Increased population huh?

      > b) an influx of migratory persons looking for an hour of paid nookie

      Paying for nookie is illegal in Sweden. They've enacted legislation to prosecute the person paying, so in this case that would be the council.

    3. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      Re: The Nazz Re: Increased population huh?

      ".....a) an increased population due to a increased birth rate....." Which begs the question; have the normally uber-liberal Swedes forgotten about The Gays? Surely, in line with the usual equality mantra, they will still be allowed to have their daily hour of paid "exercise" even though there is zero chance of non-hetero sex actually producing any pregnancies?

  12. Hollerithevo

    Now we know what he wants to do...

    But could it be that most couples would rather schedule their nookie times when they don't have to account for it? And one hour? That's all? In what universe???

    1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      Re: Now we know what he wants to do...

      I don't know about that. Judging by the amount of office porn floating around the accounting bit might turn out to be an incentive.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A tax on 'thingy'.....

    Well, if they lay on time for you to do it at work it could be a benefit, and therefore taxable. People would start comparing the length of their P11d.

  14. Chronos

    Where have I seen this before?

    Oh yes, Enlightenment. Didn't work out too well for Rimmer or Enlightenment's scout.

    "Lister to Red Dwarf: Subject exhibits signs of being a git. With careful pummelling, could be taking his next meal through a straw."

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If you use the hour at the end of your shift...

    ... would you be knocking up early?

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    " It was jolly nice up there at the height of summer, [...]"

    The midges get more voracious the further north you go in Finno-Scandinavia from about May. The Arctic tundra is their ideal breeding environment - but even as far south as Turku you learn to avoid shady places near water. They die off by about the third week in July - so you can enjoy a couple of months without listening for their high pitched whine. Holiday cottages often have white interior walls - and the red splashes mark where a midge met its end after its last meal.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Was that what happened in Sweden last night?

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If it's paid...'s work. Work involves colleagues. And whilst most of my colleagues are (like me) munters, there's a few very pleasing specimens. How can we resolve this to everybody's satisfaction?

    1. Pompous Git Silver badge

      Re: If it's paid...'s work.

      It's not you know. Our ex-PM Tony Abbot (aka The Mad Monk) became distraught when he though that if sex was work, then it would be a sin to indulge on the Sabbath. So he asked his priest: "Is sex work?"

      The priest gave the matter some thought and eventually confessed that he didn't know. "Why not ask my Anglican counterpart next door?"

      So Tony went to the Anglican church and made his request there. "Is sex work?" he asked wistfully. The Anglican priest gave the matter some thought and eventually he too confessed that he didn't know. "Why don't you go to the synagogue and ask the rabbi; he'll know for sure.

      So Tony wended his way to the synagogue and asked the rabbi: "Is sex work?"

      The rabbi stroked his beard and thought for about two or three seconds. Then he said: "If sex was work my wife would have the servant do it for her."

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Home working

    I work from home and can say that the odd shag during working hours has a positive affect on me. It would be better if it was official and I didn't have to keep checking my email every 15 mins, nothing kills the mood more than a request to deploy the latest build or update my Jira issues.

    Anon for reasons of not wanting to be sacked.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    For Sweden to increase their population they would have to revoke all sex education - and substitute "just say no". Then they would also have to withdraw the general health service - and allow employers to refuse to fund birth control through health insurance schemes if it goes against their religion's dogma.

    To see it in action - all they have to do is get out the popcorn and watch the Country of Trumpia over the next few years.

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