Hundreds of Swedish workers are trialling
a six-hour working day in the hopes that it will cut sick leave and save the country money.
In an experiment, workers in one government department in Gothenburg are to be put on to six-hour days on full pay, while workers in another department will work a standard seven-hour day.
Mats Pilhem, Left Party deputy mayor of Gothenburg, hopes the six-hour staff will take fewer sick days, and have better physical and mental health as a result.
Speaking to The Local, he said: 'We think it's time to give this a real shot in Sweden.
He claimed that a car manufacturer in the city had trialled the six-hour day with promising results.
He added that in other sectors, such as social care, the problem was not a lack of employees but people working inefficiently over the course of a long shift.
For 16 years around 250 staff at Kiruna council worked a six-hour shift, but the policy was abandoned in 2005 after a report found that it had no impact on health.
Another trial in on staff in one hospital department in Stockholm had to be abandoned after workers in other departments became resentful
, and a third on childcare workers was scrapped because it drove up costs.
However, Pilhem dismissed the criticisms, saying: 'We've worked a long time on this, we've not planned it to be an election thing.'