Who wouldn’t want to have more time for friends, family and leisure? But unfortunately, most of us have to work for a living and the daily grind leaves little room for rest and relaxation. In fact they’d be lucky to have eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.
But it’s not like that for everyone in the world.
There are countries that have enviable working conditions for their workers. That does not mean they are lazy or underdeveloped. In fact, these are some of the places with booming economies and the best living conditions.
Here are 5 of them in no particular order
Last year Apple got fined in France for making their staffs work nights as French law forbids shifts between 9pm and 6am.
In fact, French people work nearly 200 hours less each year than other OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. What’s more, it leads all the other countries in the world when it comes to giving paid vacations to its workers (40 in total, 30 of which are mandated and 10 of which are public holidays).
People in Sweden spend 65% of their day for personal care (eating, sleeping, etc.) and leisure.
Swedish law forbids discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or functional disabilities. The country has also recently introduced a six-hour working day as the government believes that this measure will reduce sick leaves, boost efficiency and make the workers happier. And oh, there will be no pay cuts.
People in the Netherlands work 1,378 hours a year, which is a mere 27.6 hours per week. Despite that, it maintains a healthy GDP and high standard of living.
Workers are given 28 paid vacation days per year, and 16 weeks of paid maternity leave at 100 percent of their salaries. What’s more, they are offered tax breaks on an additional 26 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, if required. Now beat that.
Norway is probably the best place to be a working parent as it offers them as many as 47 weeks maternity leave at 100 percent salary, or 57 weeks at 80 percent salary. That’s not all, nine weeks are reserved for the mother, 12 weeks for the father, and the rest can be shared by both. Norwegian workers also get 35 days of paid vacation every year.
Now which of these countries are you heading for?