Number Of Hours People Work Around The World

Joan Faus Vitoria, the mayor of Ador in Valencia, Spain has introduced a law to allow its residents to take a three hour nap every afternoon between 2pm and 5pm. Which makes their 9 hours work hours cut to 6 hours! Ever wondered how many hours people put in at work around the world? Here’s a look at the scene of 11 countries across the globe.

1. Sweden


Sweden introduced a six-hour working day and slashed two hours from its regular eight-hour working model. The Swedish government conducted an experiment to test the new working model in order to see whether it would translate into higher productivity per hour and fewer sick days. How we wish the Indian government would implement this work model!

2. Pakistan


Pakistan follows the Indian work model of 8 hours per day. There are 14 public holidays and a one weekly holiday granted to workers.

3. Israel


Israelis work 5 days a week, that is from Sunday-Thursday. 

4. Belgium


The traditional five-day working week, with an hour off for lunch, generally applies to most Belgian companies.

5. Cameroon


This African country has long working hours. 

6. Denmark


Women work an average of 35 hours a week compared to 41 hours a week worked by men in Denmark.

7. Spain


Including the siestas, the working hours in Spain normally get stretched to 9 hours.

8. Italy


A typical week’s working hours in Italy is from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm, from Monday to Friday.

9. Germany


The average work hours in Germany are 35 hours per week.

10. Saudi Arabia

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Since a lot of workers here are migrants, they have to work for long, taxing hours in Saudi Arabia.

11. Mexico


Mexicans work hard by putting in 10 hours, five days a week.


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