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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:41:01 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Countries with the most public holidays

The countries with the most statutory holidays and the productivity of each nation’s workers.



A look at which countries give their citizens the most statutory holidays and the productivity of each nation’s workers. (© iStock)
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Labour Day has now come and gone, and Canadians are back at work for a near four-month-long haul with just one public holiday before Christmas. Of course we know that Canada, with statutory holidays few and far between across the calendar, lags other nations when it comes to time off, but by just how much?

Officially, Canada has nine public holidays, though that number can differ depending on which province or territory you call home. If nine seems plenty to you, check out the following list of the OECD nations* that enjoy the most statutory holidays each year, as well as labour productivity in each country, as measured by GDP per hour worked**.

*OECD membership consists of 34 nations, which are largely high-income countries. OECD member states are also committed to democracy and are regarded as developed nations, a definition that excludes economic powerhouse countries like China, India and Brazil.

**GDP per hour worked is an OECD measure of labour productivity that calculates what each hour worked contributes to the national GDP. All figures in USD.

* Bing: What are Canada's nine public holidays?

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