Saturday, 10 December 2011

Who works the longest hours in Europe?



Tired office worker

Who'd working the longest hours in Europe? Photograph: Alamy
UPDATE: this now includes productivity figures for each country, too
As Europe's leaders gather to discuss how to rescue the mediterranean economies and safeguard the single currency, it's tempting to resort to crude national stereotypes of prudent, hard-working Germans and lazy Greeks.
But the Office for National Statistics seems to be on a mission to rescue us from our own prejudices. New data published this morning shows that Greek workers actually put in longer hours than anyone else in Europe — 42.2 per week, compared to just 35.6 in Germany. If you look at full-time figures, it is even starker.

Data summary

EU working hours

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Country
All in employment
Full-time employment
Productivity index per hour worked (EU=100)
EU37.441.6100
Austria37.843.7115
Belgium36.941.7134.7
Bulgaria40.941.341.7
Cyprus4042.180
Czech Republic41.242.370.1
Denmark33.839.1119.2
Estonia38.640.861.1
Finland37.440.3111.3
France3841.1132.7
Germany35.642123.7
Greece42.243.776.3
Hungary39.440.659.2
Ireland3539.7125.6
Italy37.640.5101.5
Latvia39.240.847.1
Lithuania38.339.755.7
Luxembourg3740.5189.2
Malta38.841.481.9
Netherlands30.540.9136.5
Poland40.642.253.9
Portugal39.142.365.4
Romania40.54141.7
Slovakia40.541.578.4
Slovenia39.641.880.2
Spain38.441.6107.9
Sweden36.540.9115.5
UK36.342.7107.2

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