Greeks are among the hardest workers in the world, says a report by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with data for 2014.
More specifically, the Mexicans are first with 2,228 working hours/year (42.85 hours a week), followed by Costa Rica with 2,216 hours/year (42.62 hours/week), and Koreans come in third with 2,124 hours/year (40.85 hours/week). Greeks are the fourth hardest workers in the world, clocking in 2,042 working hours/year (39.27 hours/ week), followed by the Chileans (1,190 hours/year) and Russians (1,985 hours).
The least hard-working are – gasp – the Dutch (hello Dijsselbloem!), the Norwegians, and the Danes. The Germans hold 36th position, working a mere 1,371 hours/year (just 26.37 hours/week). The French work 1,473 hours per year and 28.33 per week compared to the Americans who work 34.30 hours per week.
Fortune Magazine points to a worldwide trend for the reduction of working hours, due to studies that show that excessive hours are linked with lower efficiency of employees. Sweden has already adopted that theory and it is about to establish a maximum of 30 hours of work per week.