Which Nationalities Work The Longest Hours?

Millions Of Germans have won the right to work a 28 hour week for up to two years to spend more time with their families. The deal covers industrial workers in Baden-Württemberg but could be extended to other parts of the country.

However, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Germans already work far fewer hours than most. Its latest Employment Outlook report, published in 2017, suggests the average German works 1,363 hours annually (which equates to around 26 hours a week).

None of the other 37 countries to feature in the study toil for less time each year. The average Briton works 1,676 hours a year, according to OECD data – or the equivalent of around 32 hours per week, which also puts it towards the better end of the table. Also enjoying plenty of downtime are citizens of The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and France.

The hardest working country of all? Contrary to what Jeremy Clarkson would have you believe, it’s Mexico. The average citizen of the Central American country works 2,255 hours a year, or a little over 43 hours a week. In second place is Costa Rica,  South Korea, Greece and Chile complete the top five.

Which nationalities work the longest hours? 

  1. Mexico – 2255 hours per year
  2. Costa Rica – 2212
  3. South Korea – 2069
  4. Greece – 2035
  5. Chile – 1974
  6. Russia – 1974
  7. Poland – 1928
  8. Latvia – 1910
  9. Israel – 1889
  10. Lithuania – 1885
  11. Iceland – 1879
  12. Estonia – 1855
  13. Portugal – 1842
  14. Turkey – 1832
  15. Ireland – 1820
  16. US – 1783
  17. Czech Republic – 1770
  18. Hungary – 1761
  19. New Zealand – 1757
  20. Slovakia – 1740
  21. Italy – 1730
  22. Japan – 1713
  23. Canada – 1703
  24. Spain – 1695
  25. Slovenia – 1682
  26. UK – 1676
  27. Australia – 1669
  28. Finland – 1653
  29. Sweden – 1621
  30. Austria – 1601
  31. Switzerland – 1590
  32. Belgium – 1551
  33. Luxembourg – 1512
  34. France – 1472
  35. Netherlands – 1430
  36. Norway – 1421
  37. Denmark – 1410
  38. Germany – 1363
Overall, average working hours have fallen in every country for which the OECD has data. In the UK, for example, a typical employee spent 1,700 hours a year working in the year 2000 – that has fallen to 1,676. 

Bigger decreases have been seen in other countries, such as Hungary. Its residents worked 2,033 hours a year in 2000; by 2017 that figure fell to 1,761.

For the rest of the world, Southern Asia, China, Africa etc we presume that there are no stats available or that they are lazy bums.

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