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Which countries enjoy the most time off?

AFP   March 28, 2013
First Published: 12:00 IST(28/3/2013) | Last Updated: 15:10 IST(29/3/2013)

A survey tracking public holiday entitlements around the world has found that Russians enjoy nearly quadruple the time off than the country at the bottom of the list, while the US and Canada also post some of the highest number of work days.


In its report ranking the countries with the most – and least – holiday time, found that workers in Russia get 28 days of annual leave and 12 public holidays for a total of 40 days off.

By comparison, the US gets half the time off compared to their Russian counterparts with just 20 days off, while Canada landed second to last on the list with an entitlement of just 15 days vacation time.

The country working the most days of the 30 nations surveyed? Mexico, where workers get a paltry 13 days off.

Meanwhile, a slew of studies have shown that, contrary to popular belief, productivity actually increases in proportion to vacation time taken, serving to recharge employees' batteries and re-enter the workplace with a renewed sense of purpose.

It’s a concept that some companies have taken a step further in the US.

Companies such as IBM and Netflix, for instance, have tossed the standard two-week vacation policy in the US and implemented an open, unlimited vacation program in an effort to prevent staff burnout in a country where employees get so little time off, reported FastCompany last year.

Here are the top 30 countries which enjoy the most time off (numbers include public holidays and annual leave):

1.     Russia 40
2.     Italy 36
2.     Sweden 36
4.     Finland 35
4.     France 35
4.     Norway 35
4.     Brazil 35
8.     Denmark 34
8.     Spain 34
10.   Colombia 33
11.    New Zealand 31
12.   Australia 30
13.   Argentina 29
13.   Germany 29
13.   Ireland 29
13.  Switzerland 29
17.   UK 28
18.   South Korea 27
18.   Netherlands 27
20.  India 26
20.   Japan 26
22.   Hong Kong 23
23.   Malaysia 22
24.   Thailand 21
25.   US 20
26.   Taiwan 19
27.   Singapore 18
28.   China 16
29.   Canada 15
30.   Mexico 13

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