Amid Eurozone crisis, Spanish town makes siesta compulsory

With overall unemployment at just under 25 percent, and much concern about bureaucratic impediments to business, a Spanish town has legislated in favour of afternoon siestas, effectively encouraging people to go to sleep between 2 and 5 every workday afternoon

by the commentator on 17 July 2015 07:32


As the welfare, debt and currency crisis in the Eurozone continues to rage, the Spanish town of Ador in the Valencia region has apparently made having a siesta compulsory between 2 o clock and 5 o clock every work-day afternoon.

While productivity in Spain has long been problematic, legislating to encourage people to go to sleep during what count as working hours in most Western countries is though to be a landmark move.

Spain's English language news outlet The Local reported:

"Mayor of Ador, Joan Faus Vitòria, has ordered that that town’s inhabitants stay quiet between 2pm and 5pm. The new rules also stipulate that, "Children should stay indoors between 2pm and 5pm so that they do not go outside and play with balls and disturb older people".

Spain's overall unemployment rate stands just below 25 percent, while youth unemployment is just under 50 percent.

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