COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Hoping that a little relaxation time will lead to better health, the city council of Farum has decided to give free vacations to all residents over the age of 67.

Under the program, which will cost about $1.1 million a year, the about 1,500 eligible people can choose between two weeks in southern Europe or in Denmark, the newspaper Berlingske Tidende reported Wednesday.

It's a good investment, according to Mayor Peter Brixtofte.

``A vacation gives a longer and better life, and then we can save on nursing expenses,'' Brixtofte was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The vacation program will run as an experiment for three years.