Canadians get the least time off

Fins top worldwide holiday survey

Canadians need a break. Canada has the lowest average number of vacation days of any country, except China, surveyed by consulting firm Mercer Human Resources.

The survey used Ontario as the standard for Canada and found Ontarians get about 20 days off on average — 10 vacation days and 10 holidays.

Finland tops the charts with Finnish workers getting 44 days off each year (30 vacation days plus 14 holidays), according to the 2007 survey.

CountriesMinimum paid vacation daysPaid public holidaysTotal
Finland301444
France301040
Israel **2416 (average)40
Lithuania281240
Morocco211839
United Arab Emirates30939
Austria251338
Estonia281038
Malta241438
Egypt211637
Greece251237
Cyprus211536
Poland261036
Slovenia201636
Spain221436
Sweden251136
Denmark251035
Japan201535
Luxembourg251035
Slovakia201535
Germany241034
Portugal221234
Hungary23 (if over 31 yrs old)1033
Lebanon151833
South Africa211233
Bulgaria201232
Australia2011 (average)31
Czech Republic201131
India121931
Italy201131
Latvia201131
New Zealand201131
Belgium201030
South Korea191130
Ireland20929
Netherlands20828
Pakistan141428
Romania21728
United Kingdom20828
Singapore141226
United States ***151025
Vietnam14822
Canada1010 (average)20
ChinaN/A12N/A


The figures are based on statutory entitlements for an employee working five days a week, with 10 years' service.

** Public holidays in Israel include a number of "half holidays," but vary across companies. Figure above represents an average.
*** In the United States, federal law does not mandate pay for time not worked. Vacation policies vary widely, many organizations provide one week of vacation after six months of service, two weeks after one to five years of service and three weeks after five to 10 years of service.

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