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Siestas come to Finland

2009-02-06 05:33:44 GMT2009-02-06 13:33:44 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

An organisation in Finland is encouraging Scandinavians to have afternoon naps at a Naphouse.

The Naphouse opened in January in Finland's second largest city Turku, and offers everyone the chance to have a sleep for free. The project organisers are hoping to expand if the trend catches on.

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The outside of this building looks like a shop window, from the inside it appears to be a cafe.

But this is a Naphouse, a place where visitors can enjoy an afternoon snooze.

The idea is to encourage Finns to relax here rather than in a sauna.

Jeremy Mast is behind the project.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) JEREMY MAST, FOUNDER OF NAPHOUSE; SAYING:

"We managed to rent this place quite cheap and we actually built it from recycled material and donations. We have been putting a list of the things we need and people have been giving us lots of things. We have been working with a second hand shop, they allowed us to take things from them, so somehow we have managed to get a lots of things for free. We also get a lot of volunteer workers who just came because they liked the idea and they wanted it to happen."

The project relies on donations and it's also supported by the European Commission's Youth in Action Programme.

Those in need of a siesta or just relaxation can play board games or just have a hot drink.

After napping, visitors can leave their mark by writing their dreams down in this book.

The owners say everyone is welcome for a snooze, but there is one condition - you must be sleepy, and sober.

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