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24/7 Wall St.: Countries Where People Work Least

9. Finland

Average annual hours per person: 1,578

Average working hours per week: 30.3

Average wage per hour: $33.63 (9th highest)

2011 unemployment rate: 7.9%

In 2011, Finland’s unemployment rate was just slightly below the OECD’s 8.2% average. While other countries have lower unemployment rates than Finland, the country combines high wages for those who are employed, the average being $33.63 an hour, with a cultural appreciation for integrating work and leisure. For example, saunas are treated as a viable place for business meetings and even foreign diplomacy. Additionally, only 3.66% of those who are employed in Finland work more than 50 hours per week. As a result, Finns have 14.89 hours a day for leisure and personal care, more than two-thirds of those countries for which leisure data was collected.

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