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Countries with lowest working hours

Last updated on: July 20, 2012 08:28 IST

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has released its 2012 Employment Outlook. The outlook paints a picture of the current labour markets in 32 member states, most of which are located in the Europe, according to 24/7 Wall St.

In several countries, the average hours worked per year has fallen by more than 20, it says.

Let's take a look at countries with lowest working hours.

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Image: A labourer works at a shipyard in Yueqing City, Zhejiang Province, China.
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Germany

Average annual hours per person: 1,330

Average working hours per week: 25.6

Average wage per hour: $35.33 (seventh highest)

Global rank: 1

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Image: The skyline of Frankfurt with its bank towers.
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The Netherlands

Average annual hours per person: 1,336

Average working hours per week: 25.7

Average wage per hour: $42.67 (fourth highest)

Global rank: 2

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Image: A view of the House of Parliament at the Hague, the Netherlands.
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France

Average annual hours per person: 1,392

Average working hours per week: 26.8

Average wage per hour: $34.26 (eighth highest)

Global rank: 3

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Image: A view shows the Concorde obelisk, Champs Elysees Avenue and the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.
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Austria

Average annual hours per person: 1,431

Average working hours per week: 27.5

Average wage per hour: $36.63 (sixth highest)

Global rank: 4

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Image: A view of Vienna International Centre and UN headquarters in Vienna.
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Belgium

Average annual hours per person: 1,446

Average working hours per week: 27.8

Average wage per hour: $38.90 (fifth highest)

Global rank: 5

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Ireland

Average annual hours per person: 1,469

Average working hours per week: 28.3

Average wage per hour: $45.53 (third highest)

Global rank: 6

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Denmark

Average annual hours per person: 1,496

Average working hours per week: 28.8

Average wage per hour: $48.82 (the highest)

Global rank: 7

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Image: The Nyhavn canal, part of the Copenhagen Harbor and home to many bars and restaurants.
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Luxembourg

Average annual hours per person: 1,565

Average working hours per week: 30.1

Average wage per hour: $46.78 (second highest)

Global rank: 8

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Finland

Average annual hours per person: 1,578

Average working hours per week: 30.3

Average wage per hour: $33.63 (ninth highest)

Global rank: 9

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Image: Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Finland.
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The United Kingdom

Average annual hours per person: 1,611

Average working hours per week: 31

Average wage per hour: $31.27 (11th highest)

Global rank: 10


Image: Traffic on the road and the Thames passes the Houses of Parliament in London.
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