November 28, 2017

Finns’ work-life balance among EU’s best

The close proximity of Finland's vast nature offers plenty of escape from work and stress.
The close proximity of Finland's vast nature offers plenty of escape from work and stress.
Visit Finland/Taipale Brothers

According to a new study by TotallyMoney, Finland has the fourth-best work-life balance in Europe.

The study divided the 24-hour day into four different time periods to find out what European country has the most leisure time and minimum working hours. Finland clocked: ‘miscellaneous time’ (1.5 hours), ‘average time in bed’ (7.2 hours), ‘time devoted to leisure per day’ (8 hours), and ‘average hours worked per day’ (7.3 hours).

A number of other factors were also measured, such as happiness, where Finland came second only to Iceland; productivity, which was Finland’s weak point; number of bank holidays (13); and average monthly salary (2 509 euros).

TotallyMoney noted that, “Finland’s low productivity meant that although they have one of the better results for working hours (though more than other countries in the area), their commitment to the work itself means they’re giving almost too much focus to their leisure to achieve a good balance.”

Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands made up the top three, while Turkey, Latvia and Greece were found on the other end of the scale.

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