Europe's hardest workers?

  • 2006-09-13
  • From wire reports
VILNIUS - Citing a report by the European Organization for Observation of Labor Relations, a daily paper wrote that Lithuanian employees are some of the hardest workers in the EU based on number of hours per year.

According to the report, residents of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Hungary and Poland work the most hours per year.
According to the survey, residents of the EU's newcomers work 6 percent more than people of the bloc's older members. Out of the EU's 15 old members, only residents of Greece and Ireland work a similar number of hours with the organization's newcomers.

Residents of Cyprus and the Czech Republic work less than the average number of hours among EU's newcomers, their average is similar to that of old members.
By contrast, French, Danish and German employees work the fewest hours.

Employees in Sweden get the longest vacations in Europe 's 33 days per annum, while the shortest vacations are granted to employees in Cyprus and Slovenia where paid vacations last an average of 20 days per year. Greeks get 23 days of vacation, while Bulgarians and Slovaks have holidays of 22 and 21.3 days, respectively.