Which countries offer the most paid time off work?

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Which countries offer the most paid time off work?

Many expats choose their new homeland for a chance at a new life, better weather and a whole host of other reasons, but they often forget that working culture varies in differing countries.

A big factor that can affect your life and even your expat dream is the amount of vacation that you’re entitled too. There have been stories describing unsuspecting expats who have taken a new job in a new nation and end up becoming miserable due to the lack of paid leave they are allowed to take. You are there to experience a new nation after-all; not an office cubicle!

Workers in the United States, for example, are not actually entitled to any statutory holidays!

The countries that offer the least statutory paid holidays are as follows:

USA – 0 days

Philippines – 5 days

Thailand – 6 days

China – 10 days

Canada – 10 days (holiday entitlements vary by province)

Other nations that offer very few paid holidays include India with 12 days, Singapore with 14 days and Hong Kong which also offers 14 days.

The best places for statutory paid holiday are in Europe thanks to strong labour rights and union support for workers.  Surprisingly the best nation for providing paid holiday is the UK. The countries that offer the most statutory paid holiday’s are:

UK – 28 days (public holidays can count towards the total)

Poland – 26 days

Austria -25 days

France -  25 days

Greece – 25 days

If you add public holidays to the list then Columbia adds 18 extra days off per year and nations like India and Thailand add a further 16 days off. Austria and Malta come out on top with the most potential days off as overall holiday can be as high as 38 days per year!

If your heart is set on moving and working in the USA be sure to negotiate some holidays! If you don’t you may end up regretting your decision to move as you’ll end up stuck in work rather than being able to get out and enjoy your new home.

Luca Smith
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After spending the summers of his childhood in Burgundy with his French grandparents, Luca moved from the US to Digoin on a permanent basis when he was seventeen. After completing his studies Luca pursued a career as a writer and now produces articles for local and national publications.