Greeks work longest hours in Europe, EU study says

Greek employees work the longest hours per week in the European Union, according to a joint report from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, published on

Greek employees work 45.2 hours per week; on the opposite end, the Dutch work an average 31.9 hours.

About 21% of EU employees work more than 48 hours per week.

The health of one out of four European employees is at risk due to “excessive stress”.

Nowadays, employees accept to work longer hours or irregular schedules, because of the financial crisis, something that affects their health and well-being, the report says.

In Denmark and the Czech Republic, almost 35% of workers said their working schedule changes regularly, in contrast to Cyprus, which has the lowest rate in irregular hours per employee.

Employees are also under a lot of stress because they are afraid of losing their jobs and swelling the ranks of the EU’s more than 24 million unemployed, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat.

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