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It’s been a while since I’ve worked anywhere that started employees at less than three weeks, but the bottom line is that Canadian employers are required to provide only two (paid) weeks plus the stat holidays.

I thought it would be interesting to see how that stacks up to other countries so I pinged a number of friends in faraway places, and discovered the following:

Russians start at 25 days plus stat holidays

Danish people get six weeks including stats.  Of interest:  unemployed folks get 2.5 days holidays per month.  Huh?  You ask?  While they are unemployed, they are expected to be available for work at a moments notice, and looking for work every day.  It’s their “job”.  But just like working folks, they too get a break of 2.5 days a month.

Australians can count on starting at 6 weeks plus about 10 stat days throughout the year.

Germans also get six weeks plus a number of stat holidays (highest I heard of is my friend Katherine working there who has 12 stats!)

South Korea gives 19 vacation days plus 15 stat holidays (this defied my stereotype, truth be told)

Slovakia gives 4 vacation weeks plus 15 stat holidays

Japan gives 4 vacation weeks plus 16 stat holidays

The UK gives nearly 6 weeks vacation plus 8 stat holidays

Finland gives 6 weeks plus 10 stat holidays

Brazil gives 6 weeks plus 11 stat holidays

Iran gives 4 weeks

American friends – I tried to find stats for you and it appears you have no required vacation days? Other than stats?


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Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. Frank Michlick

    I had 30 days when I still lived in Germany. Now this here sounds like a smart policy at Social Media Group in Toronto – unlimited vacation time.


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Thanks Frank and I agree! If I had time I’d do a post on that alone. Very interesting.


    Aug 29, 2011
  2. Katherine with a K

    in addition to the 6 weeks we get in Germany, there are also a number of stat holidays too. In Bavaria (where I live) we get 12 stat holidays as well. There are 2 down falls though: if those stats fall on a weekend, you don’t get a day off. And as with sundays, on a holiday NOTHING is open (well except gas stations, some restaurants, casinos and the red light district!)


    Aug 29, 2011
  3. hello,
    I found you through give me back my five bucks
    I don’t think there’s a required minimum for vacation in the US. Mine used to be 4 weeks at a non-profit. My husband had 2 weeks at a for-profit but got bumped up a week after he got a MS degree and became vested as well.
    Diedra B´s last [type] ..closer and closer


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Hey thanks for popping by, Diedra and thanks for the info too. I looked and looked but couldn’t seem to find any definitive answer about the USA.


    Sep 05, 2011

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