Want Paid Vacation? Ditch America
But those lucky Austrians get 153 days off per year
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 28, 2013 10:50 AM CDT
The US is the only rich country that doesn't get guaranteed paid vacation.   (Shutterstock)

(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.

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May 29, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
I get a week paid vacation a year, the only problem is they have nobody to cover my duties, so I never get to take a vacation. I also have to pay half of my medical insurance, I can't take time off for surgery because I have nobody to cover my duties, and the deductible equals 10 weeks take home pay plus I have to pay 20% of the bill out of pocket which equals another 4 weeks pay . This country has a lot to learn about how to treat their workers.
May 28, 2013 7:37 PM CDT
it is only by the efforts of our department of propaganda that we are indoctrinated with the belief that we are the greatest nation on earth.....only if you are a greedy capitalist.
May 28, 2013 7:03 PM CDT
Yet another thing this country should be embarassed by....