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Here's where the 26.55-hour work week is alive and well 
Feeling over-worked and underpaid? Perhaps you need a change of scenery.
How do you feel about vibrant lush greens, rustic windmills, and a 26.55-hour workweek? Ah, yes - now we have your attention!

According to Mashable, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Better Life Index may help you find your resolve. The index compares metrics from various countries around the world to illustrate how nations perform against each other in terms of average number of hours worked per year and overall work satisfaction (which, if you can believe it, aren't directly correlated after all). Let's take a look at a few key findings...

Lands of the free (time)
Mexico came in with the most number of hours worked annually, 2,226 hours per year - or 42.80 hours per week.
Interestingly, work satisfaction levels beamed all the same with 82 percent of workers reporting more positive experiences than negative experiences in a typical day.

Korea came in just ahead of Mexico with an average 2,090 hours worked per year - or 40.19 hours per week. On the other hand, work satisfaction sank to 75 percent - which perhaps lends to prove that an extra half-hour break does not a happy worker make (just don't tell your boss that).

Canada fell mid-point on the scale, touting an average 1,710 worked hours per year - or 32.88 hours per week. Work satisfaction hovered around 80 percent, which means the True North and Strong isn't entirely free of work-life troubles - regardless of how much maple syrup we down in the mornings.

The U.S. beat out its neighbours to the north with 1,654 hours worked per annum - or 31.80 hours per week. Then again, work satisfaction dropped to 74 percent - which means that on the typical work day, one in four of those chasing the American Dream would likely rather be home sleeping.

Germany placed second on the list with 1,397 hours on the job per year - or 28.86 hours per week. And while work satisfaction may be floating at a mere 76 percent - it could certainly be wurst (ha!). But because it could also be better, this brings us to...

The nation with the least number of hours worked per year and among the highest levels of work satisfaction was none other than the Netherlands, with an average of 1,381 hours worked per year - or 26.55 hours per week. A striking 82 percent of workers indicated more positive experiences than negative, which gives us hope that the 26.55-hour work week certainly can (and indeed does) work.
Now if only we can convince our employers of that……

All work and no play?
The bottom line: Work satisfaction is not necessarily driven by the number of hours worked; perhaps less work does not equate to more play after all.
 But surely a few extra (paid) hours off in the week wouldn't hurt either.

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