Dutch Work 400 Hours Less Per Year than Americans

Dutch workers work fewer hours per year than any other OECD country. The average in the Netherlands in 2011 was 1,379 hours per year, while the OECD average was 1,776. Greek workers averaged more than 2,000 hours per year, while in the U.S. the average was 1,787.

The low average in the Netherlands is probably due to how popular part-time work is there. Two-thirds of the women and one-fourth of the men in Holland work less than 36 hours per week.

Despite the difference in hours worked, the standard of living in the Netherlands is comparable to that in the U.S. The unemployment rate in Holland is 5.3 percent, while unemployment in the U.S. is 8.1 percent.

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