Different vacation policy
with some emerging market countries more like certain Western countries than they are like others.
The first thing to understand is that Western countries themselves are very different in terms of the amount of vacation they offer.
Vacation in USA and Canada
The United States and Canada have broadly similar amounts of vacation time. While American workers are not guaranteed paid time off by federal law, most private sector employers – 77%, in fact – nevertheless offer some paid time off, and on average workers get 16 days, with 10 public holidays. Canada gets 10 federally mandated paid leave days, and 12 public holidays.
Vacation policies in Asian markets
Many developed Asian markets have similar vacation policies: 10 days of paid leave and 15 public holidays in Japan, 7 days of paid leave and 13 public holidays in Taiwan, and 5 days of paid leave and 8 public holidays in China.
Some developing-market countries are very similar to the U.S. and Canada, and for that matter the aforementioned Asian countries.
More vacation in Australia, new Zeeland and European contries
Many European countries, along with Australia and New Zealand, offer significantly more vacation. Romania, Italy, New Zealand, Greece, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovenia, and Lithuania all get 20 days of paid vacation and 10-13 public holidays.
More generous vacation policy
Others are even more generous: Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden all offer 25 days of paid vacation, while the United Kingdom offers 28 and France offers 30. Austria offers 22, but some workers are entitled to additional time off, and may receive up to 35.
Similarity and difference in vacation
While some developing countries are more like the U.S., Canada, and many East Asian countries, quite a few others are much more like Europe. While some Latin American countries are in the less-vacation group, many others are much more generous.
Brazil, peru and Russia for example
Brazilians, for example, get at least 30 days of paid leave, and 11 public holidays. Brazil is not alone: Peru offers up to 30 as well.
In Russia, workers get 20 days of paid leave and 12 public holidays, much more like Europe and the more generous Latin American countries.
Middle Eastern countries offer similar vacations as European countries
Middle Eastern countries, similarly, offer vacation benefits which are much more like those of Europe. Saudi Arabian workers start with 21 days of vacation, but can earn up to 30. The United Arab Emirates offers 25.
Vacation in Egypt, Africa and South Africa
Nearby, in Egypt, workers get over 20 days, again in keeping with the pattern. South Africa, at the other end of the African landmass, also offers more than 20.
Both Western and developing countries offer a variety of vacation policies, but as we’ve seen here, there are two main blocs that include some countries in each category.