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Which Nationalities Work The Longest Hours?

Which Nationalities Work The Longest Hours?

Sometimes we may feel at the end of a hard day’s work that we work longer hours than anyone on the planet; however, there are plenty of societies across the globe where long hours are not only the norm, but are expected.

Which nationalities work the longest hours – and which the shortest?

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mexico ranks a number one among most of the other 37 countries for which is has statistics. The hardest working country of all? Indeed, the average citizen of the Central American country works 2,246 hours a year, or 43.2 hours a week.

Which Nationalities Work The Longest Hours? According to an OECD report, Mexicans are the hardest-working people in the world

In second place is Costa Rica,  often describes as the world’s happiest country; South Korea, Greece and Chile complete the top five.

Which Nationalities Work The Longest Hours? In second place is Costa Rica, often describes as the world's happiest country

At the other end of the table is Germany, a nation stereotypically associated with efficiency. The average German works just 1,371 hours a year – or 26.4 hours a week. Also enjoying plenty of downtime are citizens of The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and France.  

Which nationalities work the longest hours?

  1. Mexico – 2,246 hours per year
  2. Costa Rica – 2,230
  3. South Korea – 2,113
  4. Greece – 2,042
  5. Chile – 1,988
  6. Russia – 1,978
  7. Poland – 1,963
  8. Latvia – 1,903
  9. Iceland – 1,880
  10. Portugal – 1,868
  11. Lithuania – 1,860
  12. Israel – 1,858
  13. Estonia – 1,852
  14. Turkey – 1,832
  15. Ireland – 1,820
  16. United States – 1,790
  17. Czech Republic – 1,779
  18. New Zealand – 1,757
  19. Slovakia – 1,754
  20. Hungary – 1,749
  21. Italy – 1,725
  22. Japan – 1,719
  23. Canada – 1,706
  24. Spain – 1,691
  25. Slovenia – 1,676
  26. United Kingdom – 1,674
  27. Australia – 1,665
  28. Finland – 1,646
  29. Austria – 1,625
  30. Sweden – 1,612
  31. Switzerland – 1,590
  32. Belgium – 1,541
  33. Luxembourg – 1,507
  34. France – 1,482
  35. Denmark – 1,457
  36. Norway – 1,424
  37. Netherlands – 1,419
  38. Germany – 1,371
Which Nationalities Work The Longest Hours? Germany's workers toil for the fewest hours

Overall, average working hours have fallen in every country for which the OECD has data. Bigger decreases have been seen in other countries, such as Hungary. Its residents worked 2,033 hours a year in 2000; in 2015 that figure fell to 1,749. 

source:telegraph

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