Worker Statistics Around The World

  1. Average Annual Vacations
    • Italy 42
    • France 37
    • Germany 35
    • Brazil 34
    • Britain 28
    • Canada 26
    • Japan 25
    • USA 13
  2. Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers.
  3. The Japanese document approximately 10,000 cases per year of “death by overwork,” or karoosh. Considering the above stats, what must the undocumented US numbers be?  Check out our older post on Death by Working!
  4. The US is the only nation in the industrialized world with no minimum paid-leave laws. European law provides each worker with 4-5 weeks per year of paid-leave.
  5. Nonetheless, Europe has had a higher productivity rate than the U.S. for 14 out of the 19 years between 1981 and 2000. More just isn’t better.

The above stats are courtesy of the wonderful author of the Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss.

  • ana

    Mexico has it worst, if your in a big company you have by law an average of 5 to 7 days of paid vacations a year, with each passing year it may increase by 2 days more, this is the minimum if the company spares you more days you should consider yourself really lucky

  • Garry Etienne

    Less (hours) is definitely more (productivity). Upper management from US companies should definitely take a look at these statistics. One hour less per day or adjusting the start time would make a huge difference.

  • Just started reading the 4-hour week book and its a real eye opener.

    Thanks for the above info, definitely something to talk about at the office water cooler :)

  • sad i don’t meet the criteria for me :(