Within Europe there are significant differences in the number of paid holidays. With a total of 38 public holidays and public holidays, Austrians have the most guaranteed vacation days, followed by France with 36. The Netherlands comes in the lowest European ranking with 28 days.
In the case of a full working week, the Dutch employer must continue to pay four weeks, 20 days, leave. In Austria, France, Spain and Luxembourg, among other countries, that’s another quarter: 25 vacation days guaranteed, according to research by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). However, employees can often take more days off. Many Dutch Collective Labor Agreements (CAOs) provide for a higher number of vacation days, with an average of 25 days per year.
German employees and their organizations seem to be good negotiators: although the legal minimum holiday is 20, just as in the Netherlands, they have an average of at least 30 days. Danes also have an average of 30 days off, but the legal minimum is actually 25 days. So they get an average of five extra days.
In addition, almost every Dutchman is free to have eight public holidays. This year’s New Year’s Day and Christmas Day fall on the weekend, leaving an additional six days off. A stark contrast to the 15 public holidays in Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia. Greece is the only one with fewer public holidays than the European countries surveyed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Once every five years, the Netherlands overtakes the United Kingdom, when Liberation Day is a national holiday.
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