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20 cities with the longest working hours

Last updated on: October 4, 2012 08:19 IST

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In terms of working hours, Asian cities still lead the field with an average of 2,154 hours annually, followed by Africa with 2,138 hours, the Middle East with 2,023 hours and South America with 1,989 hours.

People work the least in North America (1,904), Oceania (1,849), Eastern Europe (1,829) and Western Europe (1,757), according to a UBS study on price and earnings.

The average of all 72 cities surveyed is 1,915 hours per year; annual working hours are below this figure in all Western European cities.

At 2,375 hours for Mexico City and 1,558 hours for Paris, the two capitals are at the top and bottom of this year's list, the UBA study points out.

Mexico City

Working hours per year: 2,375

Paid vacation per year: 6 days

 

(Annual working hours including vacation (paid) and legal holidays; weighted average of 14 professions (excluding primary school teachers).


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Seoul

Working hours per year: 2,308
Paid vacation per year: 14 days

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Mumbai

Working hours per year: 2,251

Paid vacation per year: 20 days

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Manila

Working hours per year: 2,246

Paid vacation per year: 11 days

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Nairobi

Working hours per year: 2,197

Paid vacation per year: 22 days

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Taipei

Working hours per year: 2,116

Paid vacation per year: 11 days 

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Lima

Working hours per year: 2,107

Paid vacation per year: 27 days

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Dubai

Working hours per year: 2,096

Paid vacation per year: 25 days

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New York

Working hours per year: 2,062

Paid vacation per year: 13 days

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Santiago de Chile

Working hours per year: 2,035

Paid vacation per year: 15 days

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Tokyo

Working hours per year: 2,012

Paid vacation per year: 17 days

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Manama

Working hours per year: 1,989

Paid vacation per year: 22 days

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Kuala Lumpur

Working hours per year: 1,986

Paid vacation per year: 15 days

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Bogota

Working hours per year: 1,981

Paid vacation per year: 15 days

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Beijing

Working hours per year: 1,979

Paid vacation per year: 9 days

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Shanghai

Working hours per year: 1,967

Paid vacation per year: 9 days

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Tel Aviv

Working hours per year: 1,966

Paid vacation per year: 16 days

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Los Angeles

Working hours per year: 1,943

Paid vacation per year: 13 days

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Miami

Working hours per year: 1,939
Paid vacation per year: 12 days

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Budapest

Working hours per year: 1,912

Paid vacation per year: 23 days


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