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Top 20 Countries With the Most Paid Vacation Time

It's Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., and so it's time to take a look at the countries that get the most vacation days per year (in case of a tie, the higher ranking goes the country with highest number of paid vacation days instead of holidays, which may fall on weekends in certain years).

[via: CEPR, Industry Market Trends]

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    20. Australia - 28 days

    Via: Funny Pictures - Cheezburger
    20 paid vacation days + 8 paid holidays. Starting off the list, the Aussies get a nice little package of 28 days off per year, which they presumably spend most of avoiding Australia's famously deadly wildlife. It's all a big picnic until a shark eats your surfboard!

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    19. Ireland - 29 days

    Via: Funny Pictures
    20 paid vacation days + 9 paid holidays. Honestly though, St. Patrick's Day should count for, like, 3 days.

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    18. Tunisia - 30 days

    Via: Funny Pictures
    30 paid vacation days + 0 paid holidays. The only African country to make an appearance, Tunisia offers its workers a very respectable month off. Seeing as how the Arab Spring started here, it's no small wonder that the Tunisians demand fair treatment.

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    17. Italy - 31 days

    Via: Funny Pictures
    20 paid vacation days + 11 paid holidays.

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    16. New Zealand - 32 days

    Via: Funny Pictures
    20 paid vacation days + 11-12 paid holidays, depending on where you work.

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    15. Slovenia - 33 days (Tied with Croatia and Poland)

    Via: Funny Pics
    20 paid vacation days + 13 paid holidays. Here we have a 3-way tie between Eastern European nations, with each country offering its citizens 20 paid vacation days to go along with 13 state sponsored national holidays.

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    15. Croatia - 33 days (Tied with Slovenia and Poland)

    Via: Funny Pictures
    20 paid vacation days + 13 paid holidays.

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    15. Poland - 33 days (Tied with Slovenia and Croatia)

    Via: Funny Poland Pictures
    20 paid vacation days + 13 paid holidays.

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    12. Spain - 34 days

    Via: Spain Fails
    22 paid vacation days + 12 paid holidays.

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    11. Germany - 34 days

    Via: Germany Memes
    24 paid vacation days + 10 paid holidays. Famous for its quality exports and near-perfect infrastructure, the Germans realize that it's hard to be so efficient 365 days a year, so they take 34 days off for some 'R und R.'

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    10. Denmark - 34 days

    Via: I Can Has Denmark?
    25 paid vacation days + 9 paid holidays. Scandinavia finally shows up on the list, with Denmark taking after its southern neighbor and giving its workforce 34 days off per year (which is mighty convenient seeing as a large majority of Danes choose to take vacations in where else but Germany).

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    9. Austria - 35 days

    Via: Austria Fails
    22 paid vacation days + 13 paid holidays. The beautiful, mountainous European nation barely beats out its nothern neighbor Germany by 1 day.

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    8. Iceland - 37 days

    Via: Iceland Failblog
    24 paid vacation days + 13 paid holidays. More time to relax in Iceland's famous geothermal baths.

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    7. The United Kingdom - 37 days

    Via: UK Memes
    28 paid vacation days + 9 national or "bank" holidays.

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    6. Portugal - 38 days

    Via: Portugal
    25 paid vacation days + 13 paid holidays. Portugal beats out its Iberian cousin Spain by 4 days.

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    5. France - 38 days

    Via: France Meme
    30 paid vacation days + 8 paid holidays.

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    4. Lithuania - 39 days

    Via: Meanwhile in Lithuania
    28 paid vacation days + 11 paid holidays. Though it often flies under the radar in European popular culture, Lithuania does a bang up job in the benefits department, offering nearly 40 days of relaxation time.

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    3. Finland - 40 days

    Via: Finland Puns
    30 paid vacation days + 10 paid holidays.

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    2. Sweden - 41 days

    Via: Sweden Fixed It
    25 paid vacation days + 16 paid holidays. Scandinavia is famous for being socially progressive, but Sweden tops the bunch, beating out Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark to give its workers the longest vacations this side of the Baltic Sea.

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    1. Brazil - 41 days

    Via: Brazil Wins
    30 paid vacation days + 11 paid holidays. Ahh, to be Brazilian. Not only do Brasileiros get the highest number of vacation days, they also have their country essentially shut down every February for what is arguably the world's biggest annual party: Carnival.

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    BONUS: United States of America - ZERO days

    Via: 'Murica!
    The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 carries no requirements for individual employers to give their employees any paid vacation time. Many companies do still give their employees vacation time and paid holidays to remain an attractive employment option, but they are not legally required to do so.
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