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The lagom work–life balance is sup­ported in Swe­den by its tra­di­tion of al­most shut­ting down for the sum­mer, with most pro­fes­sion­als tak­ing at least four con­sec­u­tive weeks off for a proper sum­mer break. Par­ents get gen­er­ous parental leave as well as the right to flex­i­ble work­ing, or at least work­ing shorter days, for the first eight years of a child’s life. But even with­out such ben­e­fits, we can take the lagom lead and spend as many of our evenings as we can with fam­ily or friends, cook­ing, eat­ing, and chat­ting about the events of the day. And when it comes to Fri­day, there is the Swedish ex­am­ple of fredagsmys, the ul­ti­mate com­fort eat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tur­ing a pick-’n’-mix taco buf­fet, crisps, and dips while veg­ging on the couch in front of the TV. What bet­ter way to kick off the week­end than in true lagom style?


Leave work on time. Re­search has shown that it makes us hap­pier and more pro­duc­tive.


The av­er­age Swede works 1,644 hours per year, com­pared with the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment av­er­age of 1,776 hours. And yet Swe­den ranks sixth in the global com­pet­i­tive­ness in­dex.

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