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Americans get half the vacation time yearly as Russians. Go figure

@denschaal

Mar 26, 2013 8:03 am

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Americans need more vacation days. Period. End of story.

— Dennis Schaal

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Russia offers the most vacation days and public holidays combined (40) on average while Mexico has the least (13), according to a new Hotels.com study.

The U.S. falls way down the list, taking 25th place out of 30 countries analyzed, with just 20 days of vacation days and federal holidays.

Mexico’s last-place status isn’t necessarily a reflection of Latin American mores overall as Colombia (not Columbia) placed 10th with 33 vacation days and public holidays.

“Vacation time enables workers to strengthen their connections to friends, family, and interests outside of the office,” says Taylor Cole, a travel expert for Hotels.com, which has a dog in this fight. “It is essential to help them hit reset on creativity and productivity within the workplace.”

The rankings:

Country Annual leave Public holidays Total
Russia 28 12 40
Italy 24 12 36
Sweden 25 11 36
Finland 25 10 35
France 25 10 35
Norway 25 10 35
Brazil 30 5 35
Denmark 25 9 34
Spain 22 12 34
Colombia 15 18 33
New Zealand 20 11 31
Australia 20 10 30
Argentina 10 19 29
Germany 20 9 29
Ireland 20 9 29
Switzerland 20 9 29
UK 20 8 28
South Korea 15 12 27
Netherlands 20 7 27
India 21 5 26
Japan 10 16 26
Hong Kong 7 16 23
Malaysia 8 14 22
Thailand 6 15 21
USA 10 10 20
Taiwan 7 12 19
Singapore 7 11 18
China 5 11 16
Canada 10 5 15
Mexico 7 6 13

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