World's shortest work weeks

Americans work an average of 38 hours a week, even after factoring in part-time jobs. Here are 10 industrialized nations where workers have shorter hours.

Norway

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  • Average hours per week: 33
  • Average annual wages: $44,000

Norway's labor laws are among the most generous in the world, granting workers a minimum of 21 paid vacation days a year and often allowing parents with young children the right to reduce their hours.

In addition, maternity leave can extend to 43 weeks at full pay, or 53 weeks at reduced pay.

Part-time work is common, especially among women, and overall, workers average 33 hours of work per week.

Source: OECD. Data reflect wage and salary workers, not the self-employed.
- Last updated July 10 2013 01:07 PM ET

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