Paid Time Off From Work Around The World

Finns enjoy more paid statutory holiday every year than anyone else in the rich world, getting an average of 44 days off in which to relax (including annual leave and public holidays). Most European countries allow more than the EU legal minimum of four weeks. Even Britain, the most slave-driving, has an additional eight public holidays. And it’s not just Europeans who laze about; Cubans get 36 days off. By contrast, Japanese employees get 18 days off a year. But American workers have perhaps the most to feel aggrieved about: theirs is the only rich-world country that does not give any statutory paid holiday. (In practice, most workers get around 14 days off.) All work and little play does provide some consolation, however—America and Japan are the world’s biggest economies.



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