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In most industrialised nations, advances in employee relations have seen the introduction of statutory minimum tariffs for employee leave from work, i.e. the amount of entitlement to paid holiday/vacation. Several companies will offer contractually more time, depending on the sector. Companies and the law may also differ as to whether national holidays are counted as part of the minimum leave. Disparities in national minimums are still subject of debate regarding Work-life balance and perceived differences between nations.

Country Legally required minimum leave
Argentina 14 calendar days (from 0 to 5 years seniority), 21 calendar days (from 5 to 10), 28 calendar days (from 10 to 20) and 35 calendar days (from 20)
Australia As of 27 March 2006, 20 work days (4 weeks). 2 weeks can be "sold" to employer. Additional Long service leave is also payable. 10 public holidays as well are payable to employees.
Austria 5 weeks
The Bahamas 14 days after 1 year employment, 21 day after 5 years employment
Belgium 20 days, premium pay
Brazil 30 consecutive days after 1 year employment, of which 10 can be sold back to the employer
Bulgaria 20 working days
Canada Determined by provincial law. 10-15 working days depending on province. In addition, 5-10 public holidays depending on province.
Chile 15 working days
Colombia 15 working days for every year, vacations can be accumulated for up to 4 years (up to 60 working days of vacations)
Costa Rica 2 weeks after 1 year employment.
China 11 working days.
Croatia 18 working days. Saturdays can be included even if company offices are not open on Saturdays. This is left for employers and employees to agree.
Czech Republic 4 weeks
Denmark 25 work days minimum + 5 "special days"
Dominican Republic 14 work days after one year employment, 20 work days after 5 years employment.
Estonia 28 calendar days
European Union 4 weeks, more in some countries
Ecuador 14 days
Finland 5 weeks (30 days with Saturdays, but not Sundays counted as holidays) is the minimum mandated by law. More precisely: vacation is accrued between 1.4. - 31.3. each year and used primarily during the following summer holiday period. During each such full period 2,5 vacation days are accrued per month. When taking up a new job, only 2 days are accrued until the start of the first full period. Many trade unions have been able to agree for more vacation time for their profession
France 5 weeks[1] (+ 2 weeks of RTT (Reduction du Temps de Travail, in English : Reduction of Working Time) according to the contract)
Germany 4 working weeks
Greece 20 working days or more depending on the years in the company
Guatemala 2 working weeks
Hong Kong 7 days[2 ]
Hungary 20 working days (increasing up to 30 with age)
Iceland 24 days[3], not including 13 official holidays.
Ireland 4 working weeks (20 days if working full time), plus 9 public holidays
Iran 4 weeks
India 1 work day for every 20 days worked (around 12 work days a year)[4]
Israel from 12 working days for the first year to 24 days for 14-th year and on, not including official holidays, sick leave, etc.
Italy 20-32 working days (exact amount depends on contract details) plus 12 public holidays. With 40-hours-labour-week there are at least 25 days paid time off.
Japan including sick leave: 18 days paid time off;
officially, five weeks (in reaction to the karoshi problem)
Jersey 2 weeks[5]
Korea, South 10 working days
Latvia 4 weeks
Lithuania 28 calendar days [6]
Malaysia Starts at 8 days for first 2 years employment with an employer. Increases to 12 days for between 2 and 5 years employment and 16 days for 5 or more years. Plus, depending on which state, around 14 public holidays.
Mexico Starts at minimum 6 days for the 1 year of employment. Increases to 8 days after the second year, to 10 days after the third year, 12 days after the fourth year and to 14 days from year 5 o year 9; then every 5 years increases two days.
Netherlands 4 weeks
New Zealand 4 weeks as of April 1, 2007, plus 11 paid public holidays.
Norway 25 working days
Pakistan 15 working days
Paraguay 14 days
Peru 14 days
Philippines 5 days, rendered at least 1 year of service is entitled to a yearly service incentive leave.
Poland 20 business days, 26 business days after 10 years of employment
Portugal 22 working days, up to 25 without work absences in previous year.
Puerto Rico 15 days
Romania 21 working days
Russia 28 calendar days[7]
Serbia 20 working days minimum
Saudi Arabia 30 days
Singapore 14 days (executive and above); 7 days with 1 additional day per year up to a maximum of 14 days (non-executive)
Slovakia 20 days, 25 days after 15 years of employment
South Africa 21 consecutive days
Spain 30 calendar days
Sweden 25 work days minimum
Switzerland 28 calendar days (= 20 work days)
Taiwan 7 days
Tanzania 28 calendar days
Turkey 12 work days
Tunisia 30 work days
Ukraine 24 calendar days
United Kingdom 5.6 weeks (28 work days)[8]
United States none[9]
Uruguay 14 days
Venezuela 15 paid days for the first year + 1 day extra for every year of service until reaching 30 days. In addition, a maximum of 12 public holidays provided every holiday falls on a weekday.
Vietnam 10 working days.


  1. ^ TA: Vacation time France, United States
  2. ^ An employee is entitled to annual leave with pay after having been employed under a continuous contract for every 12 months. "Chapter 4: Rest Days, Holidays and Leaves". A Concise Guide to the Employment Ordinance. Labour Department, Government of HKSAR. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  3. ^ Icelandic law on employment leave
  4. ^ Section 78 of the 1948 Factories Act
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^, chapters 114 and 155 or (Russian).
  8. ^ Frequently Asked Questions - BERR
  9. ^ US law does not require employers to grant any vacation or holidays and about 25% of all employees receive no vacation time or holidays: No-Vacation Nation. For employees that do receive vacation, 10 working days with 8 national holidays is fairly standard. Members of the US Armed Services earn a total of 30 vacation days a year, not including national holidays.


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