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The best European countries for those who want to work less

According to Eurostat, Europeans work an average of 37.5 hours per week, but some countries have much lower working hours. Find out more about the best countries to move to to have fewer working hours per week

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According to a recent report by the European Statistical Office, European residents aged 20 to 64 work an average of 37.5 hours per week. At the same time, the study showed that in some EU countries, the number of working hours per week is much lower, with the lowest rates recorded in Germany and the Netherlands.


We will tell you which countries are better for those who want to work fewer hours per week to move or earn money.


In which European countries are people working the least?


According to a Eurostat study, the top 10 countries with the lowest number of working hours per week are:


1. The Netherlands has the shortest working weeks. On average, workers work 33.2 hours.

2. Germany ranks second with 35.3 hours per week.

3. Denmark is only 10 minutes more - 35.4 hours per week.

4. Norway is the fourth longest working country with 35.5 hours per week.

5. Austria and Switzerland share the fifth place, as workers here work 36 hours a week.

6. Finland - 36.2 hours.

7. Belgium and Ireland - 36.9 hours.

8. France - 37.4 hours.

9. Spain - 37.8 hours.

10. Estonia - 38 hours.


Among the countries not in the top ten: Luxembourg (38.1 hours), Latvia and Iceland (39), Lithuania (39.2), Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia (39.6), Czech Republic (39.8), Portugal (39.9), Poland, Romania, Bulgaria (40.2).


The highest workweek length is recorded in Greece, where employees work 41 hours per week. At the same time, if we take into account countries outside the EU, Serbia would be the first from the bottom, as it has an average of 43.3 hours of work per week.




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Working abroad: what do you need to know?


The tendency to earn money abroad is only growing every year, as workers are often offered better conditions and higher salaries. However, when planning to travel outside your home country for employment, it is important to take a responsible approach to choosing a country and preparing documents so that the experience of working abroad leaves pleasant impressions and experience.


If you are planning to move or temporarily go abroad, we recommend that you contact qualified migration lawyers who will help you with the preparation of a package of documents, leaving the country, registration at a new place and answer all your questions. You can order a legal consultation on the Visit Ukraine website. Our specialists can help with any issues related to traveling abroad, from obtaining a visa to obtaining a residence permit and legal support.


Another important aspect is health insurance. Without the appropriate insurance, a foreign worker simply won't be able to get a job in the EU. We recommend that you purchase insurance policies only from trusted insurers in order not to risk your own finances and health. You can buy insurance with a guaranteed payment by following the link. On the website, you can choose the required coverage and the term of the insurance policy.


We remind you! The European Union has suspended the launch of the new ETIAS border control system tentatively until 2025. Read more about when the system is planned to be launched and what is standing in the way in our previous article.


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Our recommendation for a safe and comfortable trip: 


Visit Ukraine Insurance - insurance for a safe stay abroad without unnecessary expenses;

Green Card - compulsory car insurance for traveling abroad;

Visit Ukraine Tickets - book tickets for buses, trains, and airplanes to/from Ukraine and between cities around the world;

Private Lawyer service - professional legal support on visa and migration issues;

Visit Ukraine Merch - buy patriotic clothing and accessories with worldwide delivery.




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