Taking time for daily travels - whether to a cafe, park, or bike ride - is an important indicator of work-life balance and have significant impacts on the movement and culture of a city.
Workers in Denmark have the most daily leisure time of any of their European neighbors. Even if Danes spent 10 hours a day eating and sleeping, they’d still have just over six hours to watch TV, take a bike ride, or visit a nearby town.
The same goes for residents of Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Norway where residents have more than 15.5 hours devoted to leisure and personal care a day, according to a new interactive index from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The index defines leisure and personal care as time spent eating, sleeping, socializing, engaging in a hobby, or TV and computer use.
European countries dominate the top of the list, but overworked Americans might be surprised to find that residents in several countries including Japan, Canada, and Mexico have less free time than them.
There was only a small variation in leisure time between countries; 86 percent of residents have between 14 and 16 hours of free time outside of work each day.
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Photo credit: Danes ride their bikes through Torvegade København, Denmark. Stig Nygaard / Flickr