Swedesget more time off than other Europeans, according to Germany’s IW economicinstitute. Ina survey of holidays taken by staff in 2003 in 14 European countries, theCologne-based think-tank said Sweden (33 days) was closely followed by TheNetherlands (31) and Denmark (30). Atthe other end of the scale are the Greeks, defying their lazy Mediterraneanstereotype with 23 days leave on average. The Irish are the hardest working ofall, driving the Celtic tiger economy with just 20 days off in 2003. IWsaid Germans take an average of 29 days off per year, although time off isgenerally shorter in former East Germany and among younger staff. UKstaff take an average of 24.5 days offwork. This is the joint third lowest number of days along with Portugal,although it is close to the European average. Swedes living the life of RileyOn 27 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.