When I lived in Denmark, the Danish work week was 37 hours a week or . It made me ponder if American’s were successful because of their education, intellect, natural resources or because their workers just put more time in.

What do you think?

Country Minimum paid vacation days Paid public holidays Total
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
Spain 22 14 36
Sweden 25 11 36
United Kingdom 28 8 36
Cyprus 20 15 35
Luxembourg 25 10 35
Norway 25 10 35
Portugal 22 13 35
Slovakia 20 15 35
Denmark 25 9 34
Slovakia 20 15 35
Denmark 25 9 34
South Korea 19 15 34
Slovenia 20 13 33
South Africa 21 12 33
Czech Republic 20 12 32
Latvia 20 12 32
New Zealand 20 11 31
Belgium 20 10 30
Germany 20 10 30
Romania 21 9 30
Ireland 20 9 29
Switzerland 20 9 29
Australia 20 8 28
India 12 16 28
Netherlands 20 8 28
Taiwan 15 13 28
Hong Kong 14 12 26
Singapore 14 11 25
United States* 15 10 25
China 10 11 21

* Typical practice among large U.S. companies
Source: Mercer’s Worldwide Benefit & Employment Guidelines, 2009