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European Countries With the Most Holidays

As the Eurozone struggles with austerity, unsustainable debt loads and stagnant growth, a persistent topic of debate is what to do with generous allowances for vacation time. Employees in some European countries have it especially good, with generous government-mandated holiday entitlements that far surpass those of most countries outside the region.

With that in mind, we've put together a list of the top European countries with the highest number of mandated paid holidays per year, according to a 62-country report "Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines" released by the human resources consulting firm Mercer.

The rankings are based on the minimum mandated holidays an employee is entitled to per year, not counting national holidays. (In cases where countries have the same number of statutory holidays we sorted them alphabetically.)

Some of the results may surprise you and some of the benefits may make you envious. Click ahead to find which European countries give their workers the most time off each year.

By Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani
Posted Sept 26 2012

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