Published Aug 02, 2007Anyone who thought Canada had it made for healthcare (Michael Moore, I'm looking at you) should try living in Sweden where you can receive sickness benefits for an addiction to heavy metal. No, really!
According to TheRegister.co.uk, a Swedish man has been diagnosed with an addiction to heavy metal. Roger Tullgren, a 42-year-old from Hässleholm is currently on partial disability by the Swedish Employment Service, which will pay part of his salary and force his new boss to allow him to play metal at work.
Black Sabbath is apparently to blame, as Tullgren first got a taste for metal when his brother played an album of the band's back in 1971. Known for his tattoos and sporting skull and crossbones jewellery, Tullgren is so in love with the genre that he reportedly attended roughly 300 metal gigs in 2006. He also plays bass and guitar in a band called Silverland.
The Swedish metal head claims his obsession prevents him from holding down steady jobs because it leads him to skip work. According to psychological tests, it is simply a case of addiction. The decision by the SES has baffled many of the country's psychologists. One of them, Henrietta Stein, the Deputy Employment Director for the Skåne Region told a local paper: "If somebody has a gambling addiction, we don't send them down to the racetrack. We try to cure the addiction."
I guess that's just the power of metal working its magic.
Quick, play this and see if you can claim disability!