24 Countries That Actually Require People to Take Vacation (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Some countries require companies to give employees vacation leave. This infographic, created by the employee leave and FMLA experts at Employment law HQ, highlights the vacation requirements of countries around the world. The results are a bit surprising and, depending on your views, concerning, especially if you live in the U.S. It raises the question of whether some societies have become too work-obsessed.

Did you know some countries require you to take a vacation?

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  • http://thriftyvagabond.com ces

    I’d love to work in Austria! 😀

  • http://theabroadguide.com Jessica Dante

    My English fiancé still doesn’t understand how us Americans might only get 10 paid holidays in a year. This chart is showing me that moving to the UK will be a nice change :)

  • http://frandroid.com cr0vax

    It is not totally accurate. Don’t forget that in Europe, people tend to do more unpaid extra hours.
    I worked in France (5 week of paid vacation) and in Canada (2 weeks but I had 3) and I worked in a year for less hours in Canada than in France

  • http://onlybloodyhuman.com Ariel

    It would be interesting to see if there’s a correlation between the amount of paid/mandatory vacation days and employee productivity (or attitude) in each country. I bet it has a hugely positive impact on morale and quality of work (because they dig the chance to travel, but also as a result of growing from those experiences).

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  • http://www.chickybus.com Lisa @chickybus

    Very interesting! What a shame that U.S. is at the bottom of the list. I’m an American and know this well. Fortunately, I’m a teacher now (after a number of years in the corporate world) and have a lot of time off. My non-teacher friends, however, don’t have much vacation time and are often discouraged from taking it. I can’t imagine living in a country where time off is mandatory. Wow.