[True/False] The real story on productivity in Europe
20 Oct 2020
Estimated reading time : 2 minutes
[True/False] The real story on productivity in Europe
20 Oct 2020
Estimated reading time : 2 minutes

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.

GDP per hour worked in different european countries
GDP per hour worked, in US$

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

GDP in different european countries
GDP in $ million

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.

Number of days off
Paid days off per year

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

https://www.touteleurope.eu/actualite/nombre-de-jours-de-conges-et-de-jours-feries-en-europe.html

9 days

The Netherlands
Ireland 

Denmark

10 days

France

Belgium

11 days

Italy
Sweden
Greece
Estonia

Germany 
Hungary
Luxembourg

12 days Slovenia Czech Republic
13 days

Romania
Portugal
Poland

Latvia
Austria

14 days

Croatia
Spain
Cyprus
Bulgaria 

Malta
Lithuania
Finland
Spain

15 days

Slovakia 

 

minimum number of required days off

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

Work lenght
Average working hours per week

Surprised?

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?