Sweden’s New Initiative ‘Out of Office Office’ Offers Remote Workers Offices in Nature

Swedish researchers have investigated the benefits of the new popular workcation travel trend, which combines work with vacation. The study stretched two weeks and included five persons who were monitored when working from their usual home office for one week and then at an accommodation close to nature, just outside the capital of Stockholm, for another week. Aside from showing that mental health and well-being increased by 22% as participants felt less depressed and more calm, harmonious and happy, the study also found that perceived stress decreased by 48% among the participants after the week spent in nature. Sleep quality also improved; the participants fell asleep 51% faster and had a better quality of sleep with longer periods of uninterrupted sleep when working from their nature offices.  

The study was performed to illustrate the previous scientific findings by both Swedish and other international research organizations that show that exposure to the natural environment is beneficial in many ways for overall health. It was conducted in collaboration with researchers from Sweden’s single largest center for medical academic research and one of the world’s foremost medical universities – Karolinska Institutet. “We are excited about the positive results from this case study, which shows the possible implications nature can have on our work life. Even though we should be careful to draw too big conclusions from the study, the results are in line with previous research and clearly indicate the positive impact nature can have on our wellbeing,” says Mare Löhmus Sundström, Associate Professor and Affiliated Researcher at Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet.

The Out of Office Offices include some of the best workcation accommodations in Sweden. The accommodations are spread across the country and are all individually unique. No matter if they are located in the archipelago or in the woods, they all offer a closeness to Swedish nature and beautiful scenery for calm and creative days, while also being fully equipped to suit a work-from-home lifestyle.

“Last year has accelerated the development of workcation travels. We think that this is a travel trend that is perfectly suited for the time we are living in, and perfect for Sweden, a country with lots of accessible nature escapes – even in urban areas. The benefits of working close to nature are numerous – something that our case study also confirms,” says Nils Persson, Chief Officer, Marketing and Communications at Visit Sweden.

As of Monday, September 6, Sweden has followed the EU’s most recent recommendation to not allow travelers from the US into the country. However, the Swedish government is currently looking at the possibility of exempting vaccinated travelers, and as regulations continue to change, we ask you to refer to Sweden’s emergency information website krisinformation.se for the most up-to-date travel restrictions.

Source: Visit Sweden

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