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Are we Working Way Too Long?


Don’t you feel sometimes as if work will never end.  We’re still feeling the effects of an unstable economy, so many of us are now putting in longer hours in an attempt to catch up.

In many instances, employers want us to put in more hours for the same pay for the company to survive.

We must be the hardest working, longest working country in the world, right?  Wrong!

According to recent figures from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Americans are actually working fewer hours than 18 other countries — ranking at number 19, working an average of 1695 hours.

That doesn’t seem possible.  But, when you look at the average annual hours worked per person worldwide, places like South Korea are working more than anyone else in the world. The country works a mind blowing 2,193 hours, followed by Chile with 2,068.

The Netherlands is the place to be.  Workers there work fewer hours than any other country in the world, working an average of 1377 hours. Germany takes a close second at 1408.

To make you feel better about all those hours you’re putting in, here is a list of the most working hours countries, and the least.

Countries Who Work the Longest Hours

1. South Korea – 2,193
Chile – 2,068
3. Russian Federation – 2,017
4. Hungary – 1,973
5. Poland – 1,956
6. Israel – 1,939
7. Estonia – 1,929
8. Turkey – 1,880
9. Mexico – 1,887
10. Czech Republic – 1,866

Countries Who Work the Shortest Hours

1. Netherlands – 1,377
2. Germany – 1,408
3. Norway – 1,413
4. France – 1,439
5. Denmark – 1,537
6. Ireland – 1,540
7. Belgium – 1551
8. Austria – 1,599
9. Luxembourg – 1,616
10. Sweden – 1,624

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