What are the best countries to live and work in? Totally Money, a UK-based credit broker, has carried out research on the balance between work life and work in European countries.
Taking into account factors such as average hours worked per day, time spent on entertainment and annual holidays, here are the 10 best countries for those who want a little more free time in their lives, which after returning from vacation is the one that we all want a little.
List of countries balance of life – work …
Do you feel like your job goes too far into your private life? Maybe you should think about moving to Belgium . Here the workers enjoy 8.6 hours of leisure every day, a figure that exceeds 7.4 hours of work. The locals really appreciate going home in time for dinner every night. Workers have the opportunity to make one-month vacations during the summer season, coinciding with school holidays.
Many offices in Austria have a working week of about 4 days: on Friday, in fact, they work half a day. According to the research, the country is also one of the best for those trying to move; according to a recent study, 80% of expatriates in Austria stated that their balance between professional life and private life has improved since they moved there.
The German government has adopted various regulations to ensure that its citizens do not get overloaded with work. The law on the closure of shops, for example, strictly regulates the opening and closing of shops (they close around 18:00 and on Sundays). And working time regulations require that it is not possible to work more than 48 hours a week, work on Sundays or on national holidays.
Working on Sundays is prohibited in Luxembourg. The country also has a good score for other factors such as estimated hours per night around 7.2 hours and a minimum of five weeks of paid annual leave, in addition to national holidays.
Do you need another reason to find a job in Spain, besides the fact that you can get a 30-day annual vacation allowance? Perhaps that of doing the working siesta. In Spain, the lunch break is the time to take a siesta and lasts about 2 or 3 hours. Work starts at 10am, stops at 2pm and then returns to work at 4 or 5pm to finish at 8pm. Attention because not everyone does it.
In France, workers spend most of their time, around 9.3 hours a day, in leisure and relaxation. Is that why coffee always seems full of happy people? In 2017, France also introduced a law that allows workers the “right to disconnect” from work emails outside working hours.
At first glance, working hours in Finland seem quite similar to ours: working from Monday to Friday, from 8 to 17. What you may not know is that lunch breaks last from one to two hours. Do not forget also that this nation has given its citizens four “Nature Days” to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the nation a few years ago.
Although the Netherlands offers workers only nine public holidays a year, they compensate for the shorter workweek of all countries with 30.3 hours of work per week. Add this to the 20 days of annual leave and extremely generous parental leave policies and you will want to move to the Netherlands.
Sweden’s working life is one of the main reasons why we envy this country. First of all there is the fika, a late morning coffee paired with pastries, which is practiced every day, in all the offices, around 11 am. This tradition, combined with 16 months of paid family leave and 14 holidays a year, make the country the perfect place to move.
In Denmark the relationship between salary, cost of living and average daily working hours (6.6 per day) is balanced. Workers have a leisure time of 8.8 hours a day. According to US News & World Report, this is also the best country in the world to raise children. Both mothers and fathers are entitled to 23 weeks of parental leave, and mothers receive another four weeks of leave.