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Swedes want at least four weeks holiday

Published fredag 10 augusti 2012 kl 16.04
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A recent study shows that seven out of ten Swedes say they need four weeks of uninterrupted holiday to be able to return rested to their jobs, reports news agency TT.

Market research agency Sifo's report shows that having a lenghty holiday is considered most important among Swedish women. 75 percent of the women who participated say they need a minimum of four weeks holiday to be able to relax, while only 66 percent of the men said the same.

However, researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm say there is no scientific evidence to support the view that a long holiday is better for you than many shorter holidays.

"The few studies that have been done show that the length of the holiday does not matter", says Torbjörn Åkerstedt at the Stress Research Institute, part of Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute.

Åkerstedt says research indicates that it takes a week to relax into a holiday, and a week to prepare to get back to work.

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