07-29-2011, 11:56 AM #1Timeout
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Which countries have the most vacation days?
Brazil 30 11 41 Lithuania 28 13 41 Finland 30 10 40 France 30 10 40 Russia 28 12 40 Austria 25 13 38 Malta 24 14 38 Greece 25 12 37 Japan 20 16 36 Poland 26 10 36
* Typical practice among large U.S. companies
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(CNN) -- The United States has been called the "no-vacation nation," and looking at the table above, it's not hard to see why.
Many other countries allow for much more vacation time, according to a 2009 survey by Mercer, a human resources consulting firm.
The numbers above reflect the minimum vacation days for an employee who works five days a week and has 10 years of service with a company. But the United States comes with an asterisk. That's because the U.S. -- unlike the other countries on the list -- lacks a federal law that mandates vacation time.
For comparison purposes, Mercer listed the "typical" amount of days off that large U.S. companies give their 10-year employees: 15 paid vacation days and 10 public holidays (25 total).
That's a far cry from Brazil and Lithuania, which top the list with 41 total days off. Finland, France and Russia offer a minimum of 40 days off.
India and China are the only countries in the survey that typically have fewer paid vacation days than the U.S., but India makes up for it with 16 public holidays -- the most in the survey along with Japan.
07-29-2011, 12:02 PM #2
07-29-2011, 02:07 PM #3Senior Member
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haha, that's not even close to what we here.
in every month we have 2 vacation days for different reason and also we have 13 days off to celebrate new year.
but we have something unique here. 3 weeks ago, Wednesday was a vacation day and our weekend is Friday. so gov decided it's pointless make people come to work in Thursday so they called that Thursday as a vacation day.
07-29-2011, 02:46 PM #4
My last job in the UK, I had 6 weeks paid vacation per year, unlimited sick days, and worked 35-37 hours per week.
Here in Canada, I have only 2 weeks paid vacation, no paid sick days, and work 50+ hours per week.
Work/life balance is something I miss! I burn out lots more in Canada, that's for sure .. so even though I work many more hours, over the course of the year, I am far less productive.~
07-30-2011, 03:59 AM #5