10 hardest working countries

Where in the world do workers toil the most each year? The United States is high on the list, but a few other countries work even harder.


  • Average annual hours: 1,797
  • Average annual wages: $19,437

In 2002, Hungary considered shortening the official work week to 38 hours, with even the country's prime minister on board.

But the proposal never became law, and about 71% of employed Hungarians still work 39 to 41 hours a week.

Like in other Central European countries, the share of part-time work is very low. Only about 5% of Hungarian workers average fewer than 30 hours a week.

Source: OECD. Data reflect wage and salary workers, not the self-employed.
  @AnnalynKurtz - Last updated July 16 2013 09:27 AM ET

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