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2016 vacation review

How many vacation days did you take last year? How many days went unused? If you took 14 and gave up one, your holiday habits were on par with most Canadian employees. Expedia released its 2016 Vacation Deprivation Report last November and it charts the number of vacation days offered and used in 28 countries around the world. Data was collected from 9424 adults aged 18 and older. Employees in Spain, France and Finland got 30 paid vacation days last year — all were fully taken. Workers in Japan and South Korea took the fewest days: 10 and 8, respectively. The three days that were unused by each American adds up to about US$375 million paid vacation days being wasted. The full list is below. (Columns: Country / Days offered / Days taken / Unused days)


Australia: 20-15-5
Austria: 25-25-0
Belgium: 24-23-1
Brazil: 30-30-0
Canada: 15-14-1
Denmark: 25-25-0
Finland: 30-30-0
France: 30-30-0
Germany: 30-28-2
Hong Kong: 14-14-0
Ireland: 21-21-0
India: 21-15-6
Italy: 30-25-5
Japan: 20-10-10
Malaysia: 16-12-4
Mexico: 15-12-3
Netherlands: 25-22-3
New Zealand: 20-19-1
Norway: 25-25-0
Singapore: 18-14-4
South Korea: 15-8-7
Spain: 30-30-0
Sweden: 25-25-0
Switzerland: 25-25-0
Thailand: 15-12-3
UAE: 30-30-0
United Kingdom: 25-25-0
USA: 15-12-3

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