Canada second to last globally for paid time off work findings show huge global differences in annual vacation and national public holidays

TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Who doesn't love time off from the office? It's when we get to relax and unwind, spend time with our loved ones and, of course, travel. Recent findings by®, which looked at the amount of paid and public holiday time around the world, reveal that Canada is near the bottom of global rankings with a mere 15 days, beaten only by Mexico at 13. On the opposite end of the spectrum was Russia, which came out on top with a staggering average of 40 days of paid leave.

"There is a substantial level of inconsistency around the world when it comes to the amount of stat holiday or vacation time for employees, particularly when you compare Russia to Mexico or Canada" said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for "If you're looking to take an extended vacation with just two weeks of paid leave, it can be quite the challenge to get that time off. This could lead to vacation deprivation, or travellers either being forced to take unpaid time off or consolidate the time to one trip per year."

Of the 30 nations surveyed, revealed the average annual leave and public entitlement for employees to be 28 days, with the UK right on target, but Canada falling 13 days short. Canada wasn't alone though, with 12 other countries coming in under the global average including the U.S., Netherlands, India and all the Asian countries featured including China, Singapore, Thailand and Japan.

On the opposite end of the scale are Italy, Sweden, Finland and France. These European countries joined Russia to make up the top five countries with the most paid leave - 35 days or more.

A plethora of annual bank holidays exist across the world, and Argentina tops the list with 19, which includes the popular 'Carnival' in Argentina between February 11th and 12th. Colombia follows suit with 18 days including 'Dia de San Jose' in Colombia on March 19th. In contrast, Brazil, Canada and India have the lowest number of national public holidays with only five days each.

Total global holiday entitlement for 2013:

Rank Country Annual leave National public
1 Russia 28 12 40
2 Italy 24 12 36
Sweden 25 11 36
4 Finland 25 10 35
France 25 10 35
Norway 25 10 35
Brazil 30 5 35
8 Denmark 25 9 34
Spain 22 12 34
10 Colombia 15 18 33
11 New Zealand 20 11 31
12 Australia 20 10 30
13 Argentina 10 19 29
Germany 20 9 29
Ireland 20 9 29
Switzerland 20 9 29
17 UK 20 8 28
18 South Korea 15 12 27
Netherlands 20 7 27
20 India 21 5 26
Japan 10 16 26
22 Hong Kong 7 16 23
23 Malaysia 8 14 22
24 Thailand 6 15 21
25 USA 10 10 20
26 Taiwan 7 12 19
27 Singapore 7 11 18
28 China 5 11 16
29 Canada 10 5 15
30 Mexico 7 6 13

*Please note the data does not include national public holidays that fall on a weekend. For information on international holiday allowance, please contact

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Press contacts: 

Lauren Wasley
energi PR for
Phone: (416) 425-9143 ext. 19
Twitter: @energiPR

Taylor L. Cole, APR North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Twitter: @TravelwithTLC


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