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Employees In These Countries Get The Most Paid Vacation Days Each Year

Employees in countries like Austria, Malta, Iceland, and the United Kingdom enjoy the highest number of paid vacation days. Americans and Mexican … not so much. Public attitudes to holidays differ from nation to nation.

The tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta enjoys the highest number of days off work with 25 statutory days and 14 public holidays – total 39 days each year. Austria, which guarantees employees the second most paid time off each year, has a legal minimum of 38 paid vacation days each year.

By law, every nation in the European Union has at least four work weeks of paid vacation. Many Americans, Mexican, and Canadians, on the other hand, remain chained to their desks.

To identify, countries that reward their employees the most annual vacation days each year, CEOWORLD magazine reviewed 2018 figures from the Center for Economic Policy and Research and OECD Statistics database (the latest for which figures were available), the magazine reviewed major economies where employees have the most annual paid public holidays.

Employees In These Countries Get The Most Paid Vacation Days Each Year:

  1. Malta: 39 days
  2. Austria: 38 days
  3. United Kingdom: 37 days
  4. Iceland: 36 days
  5. Finland: 36 days
  6. France: 36 days
  7. Spain: 36 days
  8. Sweden: 36 days
  9. Luxembourg: 35 days
  10. Slovak Republic: 35 days
  11. Denmark: 34 days
  12. Russia: 34 days
  13. Czech Republic: 33 days
  14. Germany: 33 days
  15. Croatia: 33 days
  16. Latvia: 32 days
  17. Poland: 32 days
  18. Portugal: 32 days
  19. Slovenia: 32 days
  20. Bulgaria: 32 days
  21. Greece: 31 days
  22. Lithuania: 31 days
  23. New Zealand: 31 days
  24. Norway: 31 days
  25. Argentina: 31 days
  26. Romania: 30 days
  27. Hungary: 30 days
  28. Belgium: 30 days
  29. Estonia: 30 days
  30. Italy: 30 days
  31. South Korea: 30 days
  32. Netherlands: 29 days
  33. Ukraine: 29 days
  34. Australia: 28 days
  35. Ireland: 28 days
  36. India: 27 days
  37. Indonesia: 27 days
  38. Switzerland: 27 days
  39. Turkey: 26 days
  40. Philippines: 26 days
  41. Japan: 25 days
  42. Israel: 21 days
  43. China: 21 days
  44. Cyprus: 20 days
  45. Canada: 19 days
  46. Mexico: 13 days
  47. United States: 10 days
Anna Papadopoulos

Anna Papadopoulos

Senior Editor at CEOWORLD magazine
Editor, writer, teacher, consultant. Advocate for plain language, journalism, free speech, and tolerance. Feminist. Based in Sydney, Australia.
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