Finns May Stop (Working) in the Name of Love

Scandinavian lawmakers consider paid 'erotic' vacation
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 12:35 PM CDT
The European Union requires 20 vacation days per year for workers, but in Finland everyone gets 25 - plus up to 10 public holidays.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Finland's citizens will get an extra week of vacation specifically for romance if a proposed bill becomes law, Bloomberg reports. The legislation, which currently has 13 of the 100 required backers, would augment the 25 paid vacation days and 10 public holidays that already put Finns above the EU norm. Slightly more than half of Finnish marriages end in divorce.

The measure would allow Finns to connect "on an erotic as well as an emotional level,'' said the poet-legislator who introduced the bill'.  "This is needed. Very many people have said to me this is a fine idea. It will help people stay longer in work. Depression and stress are eating people up. It's coming. It's coming."