Who gets the most vacation time?

ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images Ah, the dog days of August. It’s hot outside, it’s muggy, and all you want to do is just lounge around the pool. If you’re from Finland, no problem (although it’s probably not that muggy and you’re probably lounging around a lake instead of a pool). Contrary to popular belief, the French ...

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Ah, the dog days of August. It's hot outside, it's muggy, and all you want to do is just lounge around the pool.

If you're from Finland, no problem (although it's probably not that muggy and you're probably lounging around a lake instead of a pool). Contrary to popular belief, the French are not the ones with the most time off. According to CNN.com, the Finns enjoy a minimum of 30 paid vacation days, plus 14 paid holidays, compared to France's 30 paid vacation days, plus "only" 10 paid holidays.

ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images

Ah, the dog days of August. It’s hot outside, it’s muggy, and all you want to do is just lounge around the pool.

If you’re from Finland, no problem (although it’s probably not that muggy and you’re probably lounging around a lake instead of a pool). Contrary to popular belief, the French are not the ones with the most time off. According to CNN.com, the Finns enjoy a minimum of 30 paid vacation days, plus 14 paid holidays, compared to France’s 30 paid vacation days, plus “only” 10 paid holidays.

As Carolyn noted back in July, North America’s wage slaves suffer much more. In the United States, there are no vacation laws. Most companies do provide two weeks a year during the first few years of employment, which increases to three weeks a year after the 5th year. There are also 10 paid holidays. Only Canadians and Vietnamese have it worse. 

Here at Passport, we work hard to keep you abreast of everything from Lindsay Lohan’s latest antics to the twists and turns of Iraq. But sometimes, even we need a vacation. So for the rest of today and tomorrow, we’ll be enjoying a little relaxation. Kyle Spector, a fomer FP-er and now a writer and analyst with Social Technologies, a futurist consulting firm based here in Washington, will be minding the store. Enjoy.

Christine Y. Chen is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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