Bulgarians, Romanians Have Longest Work Week in EU

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Bulgarians and Romanians are the hardest working people in Europe, followed by the Britons, according to a new report, cited by the Daily Telegraph.

Workers in full-time jobs in the two newest EU member states put in an average of 41.7 hours every week last year - about two hours more than the average among the 15 original members of the bloc.

Britons worked for 41.4 hours per week in 2007.

By comparison, the French spend an average of just 37.7 hours a week at work, effectively giving them an entire afternoon off.

The figures come from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - an organisation set up by the European Union. It found that workers in the 12 new member states that have joined the EU since enlargement began in 2004, work considerably longer than those in the original 15 members - at 40.6 hours a week compared with 39.5 hours.

The study also found that Britons are effectively working for free for longer than anyone else in Europe.

Nor do the British make up the gap in extra holidays. At an average of 24.6 paid leave days per year.UK workers fare less well than the average EU worker at 25.2 days, and are considerably worse off than the Swedes, where paid leave is the longest in Europe at 33 days.
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Kolegialen - 7 Sep 2008 // 20:58:46

BTW I meant that Dag wasn't wanted in Norway by the law.

Who knows who else he might have pissed off.

Kolegialen - 7 Sep 2008 // 20:50:27

"if DagFurio was wanted as criminal then Norway embassy would
know this and have Bg police arrest him and extradite...."

Oh no.
He wasn't wanted in Norway, you are right.
He's dream was to make kill with corruption, in what he sees as the perfect corrupt environment.

Of course he is a loser - smart crooks don't end up washing dishes in some miserable hostel, to work off their bill.

Uchak - 7 Sep 2008 // 20:17:18

Komo i don't think NOrway even has a mafia, so no one to cross in Norway

if DagFurio was wanted as criminal then Norway embassy would
know this and have Bg police arrest him and extradite....

maybe just a world class LOSER!!!

Kolegialen - 7 Sep 2008 // 20:06:01


it's a mystery.

Actually there has always been odd ones like that.
The Wild West attracted many adventurers with troubled history back in the day.
I suppose the East plays a similar role today - something like a frontier...

I mean Dag came to BG with really big ideas of getting rich with the tax fraud thing, and is probably still there cooking up something.

You know that he escaped from the Sofia airport, right?
The Norwegian Embassy at one point actually bought his ticket back home, took him to the airport, but he tricked them and ran back to the city.


Uchak - 7 Sep 2008 // 19:57:13

if dag/furio.highlander is norwgeian, why come to bG? NOrway has highest
standart of living in the world due to oil revenue

even WW has knocked off for there/.///

dude, what is your deal??? why not just take Norwegian social benefit
and get drunk each day in Narvik>?>

Kolegialen - 7 Sep 2008 // 18:46:45

Dag is it true that you won't speak Norwegian to any one, and that you always pretend to be British?

The person that met you at the Sofia hostel told me that you always acted British.
Why are you ashamed of being Norwegian?
Make sure you log out;)))

that's how you got busted last time, remember, in the internet room in the hostel';)

McDonald - 7 Sep 2008 // 01:12:25

No Robin, you are not fair here !
City in London is quite busy and you wont find many people playing solitaire on the computer- and London is after all the financial capital of the world. Status achieved by playing solitaire ?
Yes, work ethics are high in Germany, but also Sweden, Finland, France have high work standards. But at the end of the day- it is normal in Bulgaria to make general statements about populations in other countries. But the statements are not "informed" and verified.
So Robin, verify and tell us about the links and documentation... Otherwise you just end up as a traditional Bulgarian gossip maker in a coffeebar. The article states that Bulgaria/Romania has the hardest working population in Europe. Well, how can it be that the same two countries are the most inefficient in production?
Long hours can also mean lazy and inefficient ?

Robin - 4 Sep 2008 // 15:17:58

"By comparison, the French spend an average of just 37.7 hours a week at work, effectively giving them an entire afternoon off. "

Actually no, it's the stupid Brits and Bulgs who are giving their employees an extra afternoon's work.

But as CJB indicates, these may be hours at work, but surely not hours actually worked. The difference in work ethic even between Germany and the UK is staggering. A lot of the overtime done in "the city" (aka London) involves playing solitaire whilst sitting at your desk until as late as you dare to leave. It's purely about appearing to be there rather than actually slaving away. The most productive workers are the ones working least hours. Countless studies show this (not that I can link to any he, he).

CJB - 4 Sep 2008 // 14:02:56

But, not Nut...

CJB - 4 Sep 2008 // 14:02:30

Long hours, sure. Nut how much do they actually get done after all the cigarette breaks, coffee breaks, sunflower seed breaks, disappearing tricks...?

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