Europe heads to beach, America heads to work
PARIS (Reuters) - As Europe's workers take a few weeks of holiday this summer, their American colleagues will be lucky to get a few days off work, says a report published by the European Trade Union Institute.
Finland, followed by France, offers working people the most statutory vacation, at more than six weeks per year, the report, an international snapshot of how much paid leave people get by law and in practice in 21 countries, says.
The United States is the only country where employees have no statutory leave, and they get about half as much time off in reality as Europeans get, according to the report, compiled by the Washington-based Centre for Economic Policy Research.
"The United States is in a class of its own," the report says. "It is the no-vacation nation."
How much PAID vacation do YOU and/or YOURS get? Have you gone anywhere on vacation this summer?