Top 5 Countries With Shortest Working Hours

top 5 countries with shortest working hours

top 5 countries with shortest working hours

Globally, more than one-third of all workers are regularly working more than 48 hours per week. Various countries across the world have around 40 to 44 working hours per week. However, some countries have the shortest working hours. Workers in these countries achieve a healthy work-life balance due to shorter working hours. Do you want to know about these countries? In this article, you will get to know about the top 5 countries with shortest working hours.

Top 5 countries with shortest working hours


Vanuatu, a South Pacific Ocean country made up of around 80 islands, has one of the shortest working hours across the world. Vanuatu’s working hours are just 24.7 hours on average per week. If hours of work are extended by the employer, employees will be paid extra money.


Kiribati, an island country in the Micronesia subregion of Oceania, offers great work-life balance to employees. The standard working hours in Kiribati is 27.3 hours per week. The nation supports a healthy work life balance that drives engagement, productivity, and retention.

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Mozambique, a Country in East Africa, supports work-life balance. The standard working hours in Mozambique is 28.6 hours per week. Working hours restrictions don’t apply to people in positions of leadership. If they work overtime, they receive extra money.


Rwanda, a Country in East Africa, prioritizes employee wellbeing. The standard working hours in Rwanda is 28.8 hours per week. Sometimes, working hours are based upon the agreement between the employer and the employee.


Austria, a landlocked country in Central Europe, promotes a healthy work-life balance. The average work week in Austria is 35.5 hours. Some companies in Austria are also starting to offer a 4 day work week to employees. 

This is the list of the top 5 countries with the shortest average workweeks, according to data from the International Labor Organization (ILO). Shortened work week has helped employees to achieve work-life balance. 

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