Test your knowledge of productivity and hours worked in Europe!
1/Germany has Europe’s highest GDP per hour worked. FALSE
Ireland is #1. And with $68 of GDP per hour worked, France is in Europe’s Top Ten—ahead of Germany and well above the European average of $54.10.
2/Germany has the highest GDP in Europe. TRUE.
Germany takes the top spot, followed by France and the United Kingdom—tied for second place—and Italy is fourth. Source: OECD, 2018
3/Workers get more days off in France than in Poland. FALSE
Since 1982, the French have had 25 days of paid time off per year, the same as their Swedish counterparts and less than workers in the UK, who get 28 days. And Poles get 26 days off annually—more than in France.
4/France has more public holidays than Slovakia. FALSE
Contrary to popular belief, Slovakia holds the top spot for “most public holidays”, at 15 per year. France has only ten, one of the lowest of any European countries.
Source: EURES 2019, minimum number of required days off
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5/Germans work the longest hours in Europe. FALSE
The United Kingdom holds the title, at 36.8 hours of work per week.
France follows closely with 36.3 hours—right around the European average of 36.4 hours per week.
Germans work an average of 34.8 hours a week, behind their French counterparts and below the European average.
Source: French Labor Ministry, 2016
Are you starting to question your image of France?
There are plenty of old clichés—about competitiveness, talent, flexibility in the workplace, industrialization, red tape and more.
Many are unfounded.
In fact, France ranks as the world’s sixth-largest economic power, according to the World Bank and the IMF.
Ready to look past the stereotypes and get the real story?