Published On: Sun, Feb 4th, 2024
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The ‘happiest’ country to work in the world where employees have best work/life balance | Europe | Travel

This country has been named the best place to live and work for work/life balance, holidays, equality, happiness and parental leave, according to a new study. 

Workplace experts at Instant Offices compared countries with the highest GDP-to-population ratio. 

The top three – Norway, and the Netherlands – have great living standards, strong economies, brilliant work-life balance, solid social security systems and workplaces that welcome everyone.

is the clear winner as the best country to work in 2024, scoring high in almost every area.

For several years, Norway has topped the UNDP Human Development Index, which measures things like lifespan, standard of living and knowledge. In 2021, its score was 0.961.

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In Norway, people work nine hours a day and 40 hours a week. If they work overtime, they get at least 40 percent extra pay. They also get 25 days of holiday a year.

Norway gives some of the longest paid maternity leave in the world, at 49 weeks.

In Australia, the minimum wage is one of the highest, at $15 (£7.78) per hour, while the Netherlands beats everyone else for the best work-life balance, with an average working week of just 32 hours.

Switzerland, Norway and Australia rank as the happiest places to work and live. Researchers believe the reason is because of how much money they make per person, social support, how long people live healthily and the freedom to make life choices.

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Last year, a quarter of workers in 15 countries felt burnt out.

If you’re feeling the same, moving to Australia, the Netherlands or Norway could give you a better work-life balance.

These countries each offer 20 days of paid holiday a year, and Norway has the most generous maternity leave.

Compared to Turkey, Argentina and Mexico, where people work an average of 45 hours a week, those in Australia, the Netherlands and Norway work less than 35 hours.

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