10 Countries with Most HolidaysBangalore: India ranked 15th on the statutory holiday entitlements according to MercersWorldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines, conducted for 62 countries. The survey wasbased on the number of statutory minimum holidays and number of Public holidays.In India, the basis of statutory leave entitlement is as follows: any worker who has worked forat least 240 days in a calendar year becomes eligible for earned leave which he can enjoy inthe subsequent year. In case of an adult, he/she becomes eligible for a day leave for every 20days worked in previous year. In the Indian context the use of public holidays is notappropriate when dealing with private establishments as private establishments must observenational holidays (26 January, 15 August and 2 October) as well as holidays on majorfestivals. India, Malaysia and Thailand have the highest number of public holidays in theSouth Asian region.The U.S. ranked the lowest on the list of holiday entitlement with no statutory holidayentitlement. Canada, Philippines, China and Thailand made their places on the bottom of thelist too with entitlements of 19, 20, 21 and 22 days respectively.
United Kingdom:The United Kingdom enjoys the greatest amount of statutory paid holiday in the world, thusmaking its place right on top of the list. A worker is entitled to 28 days of annual leave eachyear, public holidays being 8 days, adding to a total of 36 days. The survey also suggestedthat in spite of having the highest potential holidays, in reality U.K. employees fare worsethan other European employees.Poland:Poland takes the second position on this list with a generous 26 days statutory holidayentitlement along with 11 days of public holidays. Based on the Poland regulation, durationof holidays in a calendar year is dependent on the seniority of employees. An employee witha service above 10 years is granted 26 working days as leave and for a service less than 10years 20 working days is granted as leave.
Austria:Austria, Bolivia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg and Sweden shared thethird position. Austria has 38 days of total number of holiday entitlement while Bolivia has37 days. Bolivia’s legal definition of annual vacation is 30 days with 10+ years of senioritywhere vacation days do not include Sundays. Denmark has a total of 34 days of entitlementand Finland has 35 days where employees are entitled to five weeks of vacation per year,with Christmas Eve and Midsummer Eve not being considered as official public holidays.France has an entitlement of 36 days with the law providing for five weeks of paid vacation.Greece has a holiday entitlement of 37 days, based on its legislation employees who havecompleted 10 years of service with the same employer or 12 years with several employers areentitled to 25 working days as paid leave per annum. Luxembourg has a total statutory paidleave of 35 days where as Sweden has a total of 36 days.Malta:Malta and Venezuela ranked fourth on this list with 38 and 36 days of statutory entitlement
each. Malta has 24days of statutory paid holiday along with 14 days public holiday, yet itfares slightly worse in comparison to other countries of Western Europe. Venezuela hasstatutory minimum leave of 24 days along with 12 days of public holidays. Hungary:Hungary, forming a part of Central and Eastern Europe occupied the fifth position with aminimum statutory leave of 23 days along with 10 days public holidays adding to a total of33 days. Hungary’s law provides for calculation of mandatory vacation based on the age ofthe employee. A minimum of 20 days and maximum of 30 days is given after the age of 45.Employees aged 31 to 32 would be entitled to 23 days of leave. Hungary gets a generousamount of statutory leave after Poland in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Brazil:The Sixth position is shared by Brazil, Peru, Portugal, Spain and United Arab Emirates with astatutory minimum leave of 33, 34, 35, 36 and 31 days respectively. Brazil, Peru and U.A.E’slegal definition of minimum leave entitlement is 30 calendar days. U.A.E makes for thehighest amount of statutory holidays in the region of Middle East and Africa. Spain has apaid vacation period not lower than 30 calendar days or 22 working days.
Norway:Norway was seen on the seventh position with a total paid leave entitlement of 31 days, 21days statutory minimum leave and 10 days of public holidays. In Norway employees areentitled to 25 working days of vacation per year where working days are defined as all daysexcept Sundays. Argentina:Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy,Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia,Slovenia and Switzerland ranked eighth on this list. Argentina has an entitlement of 32 days.In Argentina vacation entitlement is calculated based on job seniority. Australia has one ofthe highest levels of statutory holiday entitlement (20 days) in the Asia Pacific region.Belgium has an entitlement of 30 days. Croatia, Cyprus and Czech Republic have a totalentitlement of 33, 35 and 32 days respectively. Germany has an entitlement of 20 days. InGermany for a five-day week, a mandatory leave entitlement of 20 working days is allowed.Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia and Lithuania have an entitlement of 29, 31, 35, 32 and 33 daysrespectively. Romania and Switzerland have an entitlement of 29 days while Netherland andSerbia have an entitlement of 28 days. New Zealand has 31 days, Russia 32 days, Slovakia 35days and Slovenia 33 days.
South Korea:South Korea ranked ninth on the list with a statutory entitlement of 34 days where annualvacation is variable according to length of service, 19 days for an employee with 10 years ofservice.Morocco:Morocco and Ukraine took the tenth place with a holiday entitlement of 32 and 27 days each.Ukraine’s legal definition of vacation is 24 calendar days.