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Country The minimum statutory holiday National Holidays
Belgium 20 10
Bulgaria 20 9
Cyprus 20 13
Denmark 25 10
Estonia 20 9
Finland 20 9
France 25 10
Greece 20 10
Ireland 20 8
Italy 25 9
Latvia 20 11
Lithuania 20 11
Luxembourg 25 10
Malta 24 13
The Netherlands 20 5
Norway 21 10
Poland 20 8
Portugal 22 11
Romania 20 6
Slovakia 20 13
Slovenia 20 9
Spain 22 14
UK 20 8
Sweden 25 9
Czech Republic 20 11
Germany 20 10
Hungary 20 9
Austria 25 11


Swedes among the EU countries with less working hours and more holidays

Sunday, 15 January 2012
Sweden, a success story in today’s turbulent European economic crisis driven economies, has been the exception in the stresses and various austerity cuts being observed here and there. But could this Swedish success be attributed to hard work, long working hours and various forms of sacrifices? Nope! Sweden is one of the EU countries that lead in terms of holidays and fewer working days.

Unlike Romanians, the Europeans who have the longest working week and minimum leave, Swedes are in the lead when it comes to having  many vacation days and holidays.

In fact, Sweden is one of the countries in Europe with the longest statutory holidays. Even though, also in Austria, Denmark, France, Italy and Luxembourg all have a right to 25 days of vacation.


In all 18 of the 27 EU countries, the lowest level for the holiday stands rather at 20 days and working year.

Data from Eurofound an EU official body for labour market information has put together the latest report which covers hours of work for 2010 in the EU countries plus Norway.
Short vacation can of course be offset by many national holidays. Sweden has nine such vacations in the EU average is 9.6 days.

The Dutch have only five official holidays, while Spain has 14 red days. We recently wrote about the Nordic countries that they were at the bottom in terms of the agreed working hours in the EU. The Nordic countries as well as France, Britain and the Netherlands are the countries that apply the EU average work hours of 37.6 per week.

Eurofound refer to the Eurostat survey, which is the Labour Force Survey (LFS) which shows that Finland is the country with the shortest actual working hours. The Finns work only 37.8 hours per week excluding lunch, Frenchmen and Swedes work 38 and 39 hours repectively.

The Romanians on their part work the hardest, 41.3 hours. They also have only six national holidays. Eleven of the 28 countries in the survey are working more than 40 hours per week.
By Scancomark.se Team

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