Saturday 18 November 2017

Where does Ireland rank amongst the world's hardest working nations?

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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It's Work Your Proper Hours day in the UK but a new study has revealed that we in Ireland are some of the most overworked in the world.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the average Irish person works 1820 hours a year - or an equivalent of 35 hours a week.

That puts us in an unenviable position when compared with our neighbours in Western Europe. Out of the 38 countries surveyed in 2015 Ireland is in 15th.

The hardest working country in the world is Mexico, according to the OECD.  The average citizen of the Central American country works 2,246 hours a year, or 43.2 hours a week.

In second place is Costa Rica, often described as the world's happiest country; South Korea, Greece and Chile complete the top five.

At the other end of the table is Germany, a nation stereotypically associated with efficiency. The average German works just 1,371 hours a year – or 26.4 hours a week. Also enjoying plenty of downtime are citizens of The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and France.

Which nationalities work the longest hours?

  1. Mexico - 2,246 hours per year
  2. Costa Rica - 2,230
  3. South Korea - 2,113
  4. Greece - 2,042
  5. Chile - 1,988
  6. Russia - 1,978
  7. Poland - 1,963
  8. Latvia - 1,903
  9. Iceland - 1,880
  10. Portugal - 1,868
  11. Lithuania - 1,860
  12. Israel - 1,858
  13. Estonia - 1,852
  14. Turkey - 1,832
  15. Ireland - 1,820
  16. United States - 1,790
  17. Czech Republic - 1,779
  18. New Zealand - 1,757
  19. Slovakia - 1,754
  20. Hungary - 1,749
  21. Italy - 1,725
  22. Japan - 1,719
  23. Canada - 1,706
  24. Spain - 1,691
  25. Slovenia - 1,676
  26. United Kingdom - 1,674
  27. Australia - 1,665
  28. Finland - 1,646
  29. Austria - 1,625
  30. Sweden - 1,612
  31. Switzerland - 1,590
  32. Belgium - 1,541
  33. Luxembourg - 1,507
  34. France - 1,482
  35. Denmark - 1,457
  36. Norway - 1,424
  37. Netherlands - 1,419
  38. Germany - 1,371

Overall, average working hours have fallen in every country for which the OECD has data.

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