Average Work Week by Country 2020

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Around the world, workweeks can range from under 40 hours to close to 50 hours.

Workplace laws and conventions in other countries vary. Those with workplace laws and conventions that are more favorable towards workers have shorter workweeks and more vacation time. These countries also have better overtime compensation, more regulation, and more favorable parental leave laws. Leisure and work-life balance are a priority in these countries. These nations are among the world's happiest. On the other hand, those countries with longer workweeks tend to have lower life satisfaction.

Average Workweek by Country

24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from 37 of the most affluent nations from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) to determine the typical number of hours worked per work.

Below are the 37 nations from the fewest number of hours per workweek to the most.

1. Denmark

Denmark's full-time employees work an average of 37.2 hours per week. About 2.3% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Denmark are $55,253.

2. The Netherlands

The Netherlands' average workweek for full-time employees is 37.3 hours, the second-lowest among the most affluent OECD countries. With only 0.4% of employees working over 50 hours per week, the Dutch have some of the world's best work-life balance. Residents reported that they spend about 15.9 hours per day eating, sleeping, and leisure. The average annual wages in the Netherlands are $54,262.

3. Norway

The average workweek in Norway is 38.0 hours. About 2.9% of employees work over 50 hours/week. Work-life balance is highly valued in Norway, and parents have special rights in the workplace, such as leaving work early to pick up their young kids from school. The average annual wages in Norway are $50,956.

4. Belgium

Belgium's average workweek for full-time employees is 38.8 hours. About 4.8% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Belgium are $52,080.

5. France

The average full-time employee's workweek in France is 38.9 hours. France has a slightly higher percentage of employees who work over 50 hours/week at 7.7%. The average annual wages are $44,510.

6. Sweden

Sweden's average workweek for full-time employees is 39.0 hours. Employees who worked over 50 hours per week were very low at 1.1%. The average annual wages in Sweden are $44,196.

7. Finland

The average workweek in Finland is 39.3 hours. The percentage of employees who work over 50 hours per week is 3.8%. The average annual wages in Finland are $44,111.

8. Italy

The average Italian workweek for full-time employees is 39.5 hours. About 4.1% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages are $37,752.

9. Germany

Germany's average workweek is 39.5 hours. About 4.3% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Germany are $49,813.

10. Spain

The average full-time workweek in Spain is 39.6 hours. The percentage of employees who work over 50 hours per week is 4.0%. Full-time employees earn an average annual wage of $38,761.

11. Ireland

In Ireland, full-time employees work an average of 39.7 hours per week. About 5.3% of employees worked over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Ireland are $47,952.

12. Luxembourg

The average workweek in Luxembourg is 40 hours. 3.8% of employees worked over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Luxembourg are $65,449.

13. Lithuania

Full-time Lithuanian employees work an average of 40.1 hours per week. Only 0.5% of employees work over 50 hours per week, the second-lowest to the Netherlands. The average annual wages in Lithuania are $26,429.

14. Austria

The average workweek in Austria is 40.2 hours, and about 6.7% of employees work over 50 hours per week, which is relatively high for this list. The average annual wages in Austria are $50,868.

15. Estonia

Tied with Austria is Estonia, where the average full-time workweek is also 40.2 hours. About 2.4% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Estonia are $26,898.

16. Latvia

Latvia's average workweek is also 40.2 hours. About 1.3% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Latvia are $25,586

17. Slovakia

The average workweek for full-time employees in Slovakia is 40.3 hours. About 4.1% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Slovakia are $25,357.

18. Hungary

Hungary is tied with Slovakia, with an average full-time workweek of 40.3 hours. About 3.0% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Hungary are $24,455.

19. Czech Republic

The average full-time workweek in the Czech Republic is 40.3 hours. About 5.7% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages are $26,962.

20. Switzerland

The average workweek for full-time employees in Switzerland is 40.5 hours. Tied with Norway, only 0.4% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Switzerland are $64,109.

21. Slovenia

The average workweek in Slovenia is 40.6 hours. About 4.4% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Slovenia are $37,322.

22. Portugal

The average workweek for full-time employees in Portugal is 40.7 hours. The percentage of employees who worked over 50 hours per week is a little high at 8.3%. The average annual wages in Portugal are $25,487.

23. Poland

The average workweek for full-time employees in Poland is 40.9 hours. About 6.0% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Poland are $29,109.

24. Greece

Full-time employees in Greece work an average of 41.5 hours per week. About 6.4% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Greece are $26,671.

25. United States

In the United States, the average workweek for full-time employees is 41.5 hours. The U.S. has a high percentage of employees who work over 50 hours per week at 11.1%. The average annual wages in the United States are $63,093.

26. United Kingdom

The average workweek in the U.K. is 41.8 hours. The percentage of employees who work over 50 hours per week is also high in the United Kingdom at 12.2%. The average annual wages are $44,770.

27. Australia

The average workweek for full-time employees in Australia is 41.8 hours. About 13.0% of Australian employees work over 50 hours per week, which is very high on this list. The average annual wages are $53,349.

28. Brazil

The average workweek for full-time employees in Brazil is 42.5 hours. About 7.1% of employees work over 50 hours per week.

29. New Zealand

Full-time employees in New Zealand work an average of 42.7 hours per week. The percentage of employees who work over 50 hours per week is very high, at 15.1%. The average annual wages in New Zealand are $42,325.

30. Iceland

The average workweek in Iceland is 43.3 hours for full-time employees. The percentage of employees who work over 50 hours per week is very high, at 15.1%. The average annual wages in Iceland are $66,504.

31. Israel

Full-time employees in Israel work an average of 44.4 hours per week. About 15.5% of employees work over 50 hours per week, which is exceptionally high. The average annual wages are $37,655.

32. South Africa

The average full-time work week in South Africa is 45 hours. About 18.1% of the workforce works over 50 hours per week, almost one-fifth of the country's employees.

33. Chile

Chile's average workweek is 45.7 hours. The percentage of employees who work over 50 hours per week is 9.7%. The average annual wages in Chile are $27,125.

34. Turkey

The average workweek for full-time employees in Turkey is 48.4 hours. Almost one-third of employees in Turkey (32.6%) work over 50hours per week.

35. Mexico

Mexico's average workweek for full-time employees is 48.5 hours. A massive 28.7% of employees work over 50 hours per week. The average annual wages in Mexico are $16,298.

36. Costa Rica

The average full-time workweek in Costa Rica is 48.6 hours.

37. Colombia

Colombia's average full-time workweek is 49.8 hours, 12.6 hours more than Denmark. Fifty hours per week is almost average. About 26.6% of employees work over 50 hours per week.

Here are the 10 countries with the most working hours:

  1. Mexico (41.31 hours)
  2. Costa Rica (40.79 hours)
  3. South Korea (38.33 hours)
  4. Russia (37.92 hours)
  5. Greece (37.62 hours)
  6. Chile (37.33 hours)
  7. Israel (36.73 hours)
  8. Poland (34.46 hours)
  9. Czech Republic (34.46 hours)
  10. United States (34.35 hours)

Average Work Week by Country 2020

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Average Work Week by Country 2020

* Data is from average annual total hours divided by 52.
Rank Country 2018 hrs/wk 2017 hrs/wk 2016 hrs/wk 2015 hrs/wk
1Mexico41.3141.3141.2741.15
2Costa Rica40.7941.9042.4041.31
3South Korea38.3338.8139.7740.06
4Russia37.9238.0837.9638.04
5Greece37.6237.6237.3537.37
6Chile37.3337.5837.9638.23
7Israel36.7336.8836.9636.45
8Czech Republic34.4634.3134.2133.77
9Poland34.4634.9035.3135.27
10United States34.3534.2334.2534.33
11Ireland34.2733.4233.4433.48
12New Zealand33.7733.7133.6933.79
13Estonia33.6234.4634.4434.38
14Hungary33.4833.4933.8533.63
15Italy33.1333.0633.1133.04
16Portugal33.1233.2133.1733.12
17Canada32.8532.6032.8132.92
18Spain32.7132.5032.7232.68
19Latvia32.6732.6032.8732.85
20Slovakia32.6532.9633.4633.73
21Japan32.3132.8732.9633.06
22Australia32.0232.2132.1832.38
23Lithuania31.0830.9231.6231.19
24Slovenia30.8231.1931.7932.46
25Switzerland30.0230.1930.5730.57
26Finland29.9029.9230.0030.06
27Belgium29.7129.7129.7129.71
28United Kingdom29.5829.6729.7129.44
29France29.2329.2729.3529.21
30Austria29.0629.0629.0828.85
31Luxembourg28.9628.9829.1029.12
32Sweden28.3528.2728.5028.29
33Iceland28.2528.5228.7328.92
34Netherlands27.5627.6027.6527.42
35Norway27.2427.2927.3927.38
36Denmark26.7727.0227.1527.06
37Germany26.2026.1626.2126.34
38Turkey0.000.000.0035.23