Short working hours, plentiful vacation and public holidays

In an international comparison of economies, German occupies first places in many disciplines. You might think that Germans have achieved their ranking thanks to their proverbial hard work, long working hours, scant vacation and fewer public holidays than other countries. Yet the statistics prove the contrary. As for working hours, with 1,651 collectively agreed hours per full-time employee, Germany posted the third-lowest value in the EU-28 zone. Only France and Denmark had shorter annual collectively agreed working hours. Vacation and public holidays also vary widely within the EU: in Germany in 2014, employees had 41 days of vacation and public holidays, whereas Belgians had to be content with 29.