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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.


shortest work week switzerland
  • Average hours per week: 35
  • Average annual wages: $50,000

Swiss people are some of the happiest folks in the world, according to the OECD.

That should be no surprise, given Swiss workers earn nearly the same as the average American worker, but work 155 hours less each year. About a third of them are on part-time schedules.

A whopping 79% of the country's working-age population are employed, the highest of any industrialized nation.

In comparison, only about 67% of Americans ages 15 to 65 have a job.

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

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