Average annual hours actually worked per worker, as of 2019. [Source: OECD.]

  1. I work 32, never worked 40 hours, never will. Life is about more than just my job and working 4 days a week is more than plenty imo. (Netherlands here)

  2. Thanks. This map is rather useless and can be misleading. For example, are part time jobs excluded or included for each country?

  3. Columbian here. We work way too many hours, the work-week is 48 hours, monday to saturday usually. You get up very early and, a lot of times, get home after dawn. But it's not reflected in productivity at all.

  4. It is on a downward trend though despite what most of the internet seems to think. In 2010 the average was 1,733 hours and in 1995 it was 1,884.

  5. 2000 hours per year would be full time (40 hours) working 50 weeks per year (two weeks off for vacation). This is not including holidays, which could be another 10 days per year, let's say. Data seems rather skewed by part time employment to not reflect actual full time working. Japan and the US has some of the highest weekly worked hours per week, but this data does not reflect that. Something seems off.

  6. This one is pretty clear for people with red-green color deficiency (the majority of the "color blind"). Source - me.

  7. For reference, 40 hours/week*52 weeks in a year is 2,080 hours. You can call that 2000 hours after two weeks vacation.

  8. Usually in Norway a regular work week consists of 37,5 hours as a government employee. But the thing is, this statistic includes part time workers as well. Also, part time will still give you a living wage, which is why so many Norwegians are working part time. The difference in salary for a grocery store worker and a accountant isn't so big compared to other countries, which makes the wage gap very small.

  9. The problem with those maps is that for couple number 1, where the husband works 2000 hours and the wife 0 hours, the average per worker is 2000 hours. While for couple 2, where the husband works 2000 hours and the wife 1000 hours, the average per worker is 1500 hours, even though they work much more in total than couple 1. Couple 1 is usually more common in more conservative countries.

  10. Definitely true in the Netherlands. Average working man works 40hrs/week, while the average working mother works 26hrs. Even without children, the average working married woman works 30hrs.

  11. Not applicable to post soviet countries tho, which are more conservative than the west but also women work just as much as men

  12. So Americans work more hours than most of our friendly allies/peers and we also have worse wealth equality than any of them.

  13. Time to unionise, I guess. It's not like the current situation here in Europe just came to be on its own. Most of our advantages in terms of workers rights, working hours, health care, etc. are the result of a lot of political struggle in the past by people who would probably be labeled as "commies" in the US.

  14. Considering even accounting for healthcare, government transfers, etc, the median US citizen makes much more than all but a very select few (almost all microstates), this would be a supporting piece for "if you work harder you should be paid more?" Rather than the contrary.

  15. Are you telling us all that Mexicans, Colombians, Costa Ricans, Chileans and Russians should be paid more than Americans? Because they work even harder. Wtf, those people work harder than WASP Americans even if they work as migrants inside America itself!

  16. Contractually I work 1672.5 hours this year (Full time) So I'm surprised it isn't much lower in western/northern Europe considering how much people work parttime.

  17. Alright, so we need to adress the elephant in the room: how is the United States able to have the highest GDP despite having a relatively low amount of hours per worker?

  18. The really impressive thing is that GDP per Capita is so high despite working hours being so high. As you work more, your productivity decreases. If Americans worked as much as Swedes, it stands to reason their productivity (if not output) would be much higher.

  19. Here I am feeling lazy and I work more hours every year than this map can even accommodate. And I’m still poor. Gotta get one of them computer jobs.

  20. there is just no way this figure is accurate for japan. my guess is this number is the average of full time workers and part-timers (basically, every college student, many a housewife and A LOT of already retired elder people; due to the lack of working force, it should be a very significant part of the laborers). only regular workers, japan would EASILY be red in this map.

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