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Worldwide Vacation Days

Ever wish you had more vacations days? For workers in some countries, the amount of vacation days they are required to receive nearly double that of countries in the lower ranges.According to a recent survey from Mercer Consulting, Brazil and Lithuania have the most overall vacation days, while the US and Canada are among the countries mandating the fewest. The numbers include both minimum mandatory days off, as well as public holidays. Since these numbers vary and only represent minimum levels,
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Ever wish you had more vacation days? For workers in some countries, the amount of vacation days they are required to receive nearly double that of countries in the lower ranges.

According to a recent survey from Mercer Consulting, Brazil and Lithuania have the most overall vacation days, while the US and Canada are among the countries mandating the fewest. The numbers include both minimum mandatory days off, as well as public holidays. Since these numbers vary and only represent minimum levels, there is no apples-to-apples comparison between countries.

So, how many vacation days do countries around the world receive? Click ahead for an overview of select states!

Posted 22 Oct 2009

Austria

The Finnish have a statutory minimum of 30 days for vacation, plus 10 days of public holidays. Pictured: Lake Hallstatt, Austria
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Austria has a statutory mimimum of 25 days for vacation and 13 days off for public holidays.

Pictured: Lake Hallstatt, Austria

Brazil

Brazil has a statutory minimum of 30 days for vacation and 11 days for public holidays. Pictured: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro
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Brazil has a statutory minimum of 30 days for vacation and 11 days for public holidays.

Pictured: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

United States

America doesn't have a mandatory requirement for vacation days, but typically gives 15, according to Mercer. The US has 10 public holidays. Pictured: USA, Utah, man and woman at Bryce Canyon National Park, rear view
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America doesn't have a mandatory requirement for vacation days, but typically gives 15, according to Mercer. The US has 10 public holidays.

Pictured: USA, Utah, man and woman at Bryce Canyon National Park, rear view

France

France has a statutory minimum of 30 days for vacation and 10 days of public days off. Pictured: Vacationers on the beach in Saint Tropez, France.
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France has a statutory minimum of 30 days for vacation and 10 days of public days off.

Pictured: Vacationers on the beach in Saint Tropez, France.

India

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India only has 12 days as its minimum, but has the highest amount of public holidays with 16.

Pictured: Woman leaning on column looking at sunset, rear view, Taj mahal in background

Lithuania

Lithuania has a statutory annual minimum of 28 days off and 13 days in public holidays. Pictured: Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius Cathedral and bell tower by the street.
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Lithuania has a statutory annual minimum of 28 days off and 13 days in public holidays.

Pictured: Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius Cathedral and bell tower by the street.

Russia

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Russia has a statutory minimum of 28 days leave, plus 12 days for public holidays.

Pictured: Russia, Moscow, Red Square, Saint Basils Cathedral at dusk.

United Kingdom

Britain has a statutory minimum of 28 days off, but only 8 public holidays.Pictured: Kynance Cove, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe
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Britain has a statutory minimum of 28 days off, but only 8 public holidays.

Pictured: Kynance Cove, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Poland

Poland has a statutory miminum of 26 vacation days and 10 days for public holidays.Pictured: Old Port and Long Quay, Gdansk, Poland
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Poland has a statutory miminum of 26 vacation days and 10 days for public holidays.

Pictured: Old Port and Long Quay, Gdansk, Poland

Greece

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Greece has a statutory minimum of 25 days for workers to take time off.

Pictured: View over the caldera of Santorini

Singapore

Singapore's financial district at dusk
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Singapore has 14 days off as a minimum and 11 public days.

Pictured: Singapore river at Marina bay , financial district at dusk.

Finland

The Finnish have a statutory minimum of 30 days for vacation, plus 10 days of public holidays. Pictured: Riisitunturi, Finland, snowy spruce forest with a log cabin.
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The Finnish have a statutory minimum of 30 days for vacation, plus 10 days of public holidays.

Pictured: Riisitunturi, Finland, snowy spruce forest with a log cabin.

Denmark

Denmark has a statutory minimum of 25 days for vacation and 9 days for public holidays. Pictured: High angle view of tourists on a boat in a river, Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Denmark has a statutory minimum of 25 days for vacation and 9 days for public holidays.

Pictured: High angle view of tourists on a boat in a river, Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Switzerland

The statutory minimum number of vacation days in Switzerland is 20, but the alpine state also has 9 public holidays.Pictured: The Eiger Mountain and a scenic view of Wengen, a car free town in the Swiss Alps.
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The statutory minimum number of vacation days in Switzerland is 20, but the alpine state also has 9 public holidays.

Pictured: The Eiger Mountain and a scenic view of Wengen, a car free town in the Swiss Alps.

New Zealand

The statutory minimum number of vacation days in Switzerland is 20, but the alpine state also has 9 public holidays. Pictured: New Zealand, South Island, Abel Tasman National Park, Anchorage Beach
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New Zealand has 20 days vacation as its statutory minimum, but 11 days off as public holiday.

Pictured: New Zealand, South Island, Abel Tasman National Park, Anchorage Beach

South Korea

South Korea has 19 minimum vacation days, but enjoys 15 days in public holidays.  Pictured: The Cheonggyecheon Stream running through an urban park. Seoul, South Korea.
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South Korea has 19 minimum vacation days, but enjoys 15 days in public holidays.

Pictured: The Cheonggyecheon Stream running through an urban park. Seoul, South Korea.

Taiwan

Taiwan only has 15 days as its statutory minimum, but has 13 public holidays. Pictured: A girl looks over a balcony at a bridge cut into a mountain in the Tienhsiang area of Taroko Gorge, Taiwan.
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Taiwan only has 15 days as its statutory minimum, but has 13 public holidays.

Pictured: A girl looks over a balcony at a bridge cut into a mountain in the Tienhsiang area of Taroko Gorge, Taiwan.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has 14 days mandatory vacation, plus twelve days off as public holidays. Pictured: Hong kong cityscape at night
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Hong Kong has 14 days mandatory vacation, plus twelve days off as public holidays.

Pictured: Hong kong cityscape at night

Canada

Canada has the least number of overall days off with only 10 as its statutory minimum and 9 in public holidays. Pictured: Hiking couple looking down on Mount Robson, Robson Glacier and Berg Lake. Mount Robson Provincial Park, B.C.
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Canada has the least number of overall days off with only 10 as its statutory minimum and 9 in public holidays.

Pictured: Hiking couple looking down on Mount Robson, Robson Glacier and Berg Lake. Mount Robson Provincial Park, B.C.

China

China matches Canada with the lowest number of vacation days at 10, but has 11 public holiday days. Pictured: An Island With Traditional Asian Temples, Surrounded By a Lake, China.
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China matches Canada with the lowest number of vacation days at 10, but has 11 public holiday days.

Pictured: An Island With Traditional Asian Temples, Surrounded By a Lake, China.

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