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UK tops annual leave ranking - Luxembourg comes third
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UK tops annual leave ranking - Luxembourg comes third

21.11.2013 From our online archive
Employees in the UK can take advantage of three days of annual leave more than their colleagues in Luxembourg, with China one of the worst countries worldwide for worker rest and relaxation.

(CS) Employees in the UK can take advantage of three days of annual leave more than their colleagues in Luxembourg, with China one of the worst countries worldwide for worker rest and relaxation.

German business magazine "Handelsblatt" has created a list of the number of days workers are legally entitled to.

In the UK, workers can take 28 days off per year, with Poland at number two worldwide with 26 days.

In rank three follows Luxembourg, together with Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece and Sweden, with 25 days.

Germany, where workers can take 20 days of annual leave ranks fifth, together with Australia and New Zealand, Belgium and Ireland, but also countries such as Russia and Japan, among others.

The US ranks eighth together with Chile at 15 days of annual leave.

The bottom of the Handelsblatt ranking meanwhile is occupied by China and, perhaps surprisingly, Canada, where workers are only entitled to ten days of holiday each year.

However, the ranking does not offer any indication how much annual leave workers actually end up taking. Additionally, it has to be taken into consideration that the UK offers only seven public holidays a year, compared to 26 in China. In Luxembourg there are ten.

Meanwhile, the Handelsblatt Research Institute found that Mexicans work the most at 2,250 hours per year (around 44.5 hours per week). In Luxembourg, employees work an average of 1,601 hours per year – some 37.2 hours per week.

At the bottom of the list are Germany, France and Norway, where employees work less than 1,500 hours per year.