Want Paid Vacation? Ditch America

But those lucky Austrians get 153 days off per year

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 28, 2013 10:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – Here's a depressing statistic: A quarter of Americans don't get paid vacation—and the US is the only wealthy country that doesn't guarantee it. We're also the only one without a promise of a paid day off for official holidays, observes the Center for Economic Policy and Research in a new report. The runner-up for fewest vacation days is Japan, where folks get at least 10 paid days off, the Washington Post reports.

Compare that to Europe. In Austria, they get the most time to relax: Along with 22 vacation days, they snag 13 holidays and a month's worth of pay to ease the cost of vacation. In other words, the country has 212 working days and 153 days off, including weekends, the Post notes. Greece, meanwhile, gets four weeks and six paid holidays; the Germans and French each get about 30 days; and the Brits get four weeks. While most US workers do get paid time off, it's far more common among well-paid workers; just half of those earning a lower hourly wage get the benefit.

The US is the only rich country that doesn't get guaranteed paid vacation.
The US is the only rich country that doesn't get guaranteed paid vacation.   (Shutterstock)
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