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November 15, 2016

Vacation days, and the number of days that employees actually use, vary greatly by country.

On Tuesday Expedia released its 2016 Vacation Deprivation Report, an annual study of vacation habits of employed adults in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, revealing the number of vacation days offered and used in 28 countries around the world.

The study, with data on 9,424 employed adults ages 18 and older, shows that several European countries offer the most vacation days, with the highest numbers in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

As for actually using that vacation, employees in Finland, France, and Spain often took all 30 of their offered vacation days, while employees in Germany and Italy followed closely behind, using 28 and 25 (respectively) of 30 available vacation days.

Employees in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates also received 30 days off. Check out the full list:

  • Australia
    • Days offered: 20
    • Days taken: 15
  • Austria
    • Days offered: 25
    • Days taken: 25
  • Belgium
    • Days offered: 24
    • Days taken: 23
  • Brazil
    • Days offered: 30
    • Days taken: 30
  • Canada
    • Days offered: 15
    • Days taken: 14
  • Denmark
    • Days offered: 25
    • Days taken: 25
  • Finland
    • Days offered: 30
    • Days taken: 30
  • France
    • Days offered: 30
    • Days taken: 30
  • Germany
    • Days offered: 30
    • Days taken: 28
  • Hong Kong
    • Days offered: 14
    • Days taken: 14
  • Ireland
    • Days offered: 21
    • Days taken: 21
  • India
    • Days offered: 21
    • Days taken: 15
  • Italy
    • Days offered: 30
    • Days taken: 25
  • Japan
    • Days offered: 20
    • Days taken: 10
  • Malaysia
    • Days offered: 16
    • Days taken: 12
  • Mexico
    • Days offered: 15
    • Days taken: 12
  • Netherlands
    • Days offered: 25
    • Days taken: 22
  • New Zealand
    • Days offered: 20
    • Days taken: 19
  • Norway
    • Days offered: 25
    • Days taken: 25
  • Singapore
    • Days offered: 18
    • Days taken: 14
  • South Korea
    • Days offered: 15
    • Days taken: 8
  • Spain
    • Days offered: 30
    • Days taken: 30
  • Sweden
    • Days offered: 25
    • Days taken: 25
  • Switzerland
    • Days offered: 25
    • Days taken: 25
  • Thailand
    • Days offered: 15
    • Days taken: 12
  • UAE
    • Days offered: 30
    • Days taken: 30
  • United Kingdom
    • Days offered: 25
    • Days taken: 25
  • United States
    • Days offered: 15
    • Days taken: 12

Twenty-five percent of U.S. respondents said they were “very vacation deprived,” and 29 percent said they typically go a year or longer between vacations. Nine percent saying they worried taking the full time off allowed would be seen negatively by employers.

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