16 Countries That Work the Longest Hours
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16 Countries That Work the Longest Hours

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When it comes to annual hours worked in 2010, the U.S. tied with Italy for 13th place among the OECD countries. But when compared with a block of Eurozone countries called the EU-15, we come in at second place. South Korea takes the cake with 2,193 average annual hours worked per worker, and surprisingly, Greece comes in at number two. That’s because Greece has the highest share of self-employment among countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and self-employed people tend to work longer hours, according to an interview with Dimitris Drakopoulos, a European economist at Nomura Holdings, in the London Times. Greece’s fiscal problems, it appears, aren’t due to lack of work.

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