Which nation has the most public holidays a year? (Spoiler: not Russians)

Russia takes sixth place among the hardest-working nations.

Russia takes sixth place among the hardest-working nations.

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You may find it hard to believe but Germans work less than Mexicans.

People living in Russia often have the impression that there are public holidays almost every week - New Years, May holidays, Russia Day on June 12, National Unity Day on Nov. 4, and so on…

In fact, Russia takes sixth place among the hardest-working nations, according to combined data from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Certainly, Russians have a relatively large number of public holidays with additional days off - 12 altogether. However, given the 40-hour workweek, they labor 1,980 hours a year.

In terms of work hours per year, the hardest-working country is Mexico, with 2,250 hours; while Germany works the least, with only 1,370 hours.

The United States is in the middle of the ranking, with 1,790 working hours. Americans, however, don’t have statutory paid leave.

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Source: Alena RepkinaSource: Alena Repkina

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