Holidays Around the World


Number of Paid Vacations (5-Day Week)


Paid vacation days is defined as the minimum mandatory vacation days for an employee who has one year of service with the same employer on the books.

  • One country obviously stands out in the first graph - yes we're looking at you, USA!
  • Russia has the highest number of paid vacation days following one year of service, at 33.
  • France, Austria and Scandanavia have the most days in Europe.
  • European countries in general have some of the highest number of paid leave days.
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Total Paid Public Holidays


Note that, in some countries, public holidays are strictly bound to the calendar dates, so if they happen on Saturday or Sunday, they are "lost" for that particular year. As a result, the average number of paid extra free days can be lower than our map specifies. For example, in the Czech Republic, where the official number of paid public holidays is 13, the average number of public holidays during working days in the years 2000–2016 was only 8.9 days. In other countries, the public holidays which happen on Saturday or Sunday are moved to the nearest Monday or Friday such as in the United Kingdom or the United States.

  • The top 5 countries in order are Cambodia, Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Azerbaijan.
  • The highest-ranking European country by total paid public holidays is Slovakia, which has 15.
  • What a surprise, the US has zero paid public holidays.
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Total Number of Paid Leave Days


The total number of paid leave days refers to the summation of paid vacation days and paid public holidays.

  • Iran leads the way with 53 total number of paid leave days.
  • Only Luxembourg and Malta sit in the top ten, with 43 and 40 days respectively.
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School Holidays for Primary Education in Europe

  • Turkish children enjoy the most holidays with 90 days off.
  • In fact, the top countries for number of primary school holidays are all Eastern European, like Russia, Ukraine and Moldova.
  • Mediterranean countries like Spain, Italy and Greece also enjoy a significant number of holidays.
  • Central European countries, such as Poland, Germany, and Austria seem to have the lowest number of school holidays.
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Ranking of Countries by Total Paid Leave

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