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Swedish bosses enjoy long holidays: report

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 9 Jun 2010, 14:17

Published: 09 Jun 2010 14:17 GMT+02:00

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Swedish bosses come in fourth in the list of holiday habits, behind the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland on 24, 23 and 22 days respectively.

"There is a big difference in holiday habits in different parts of the world and this does not only apply to bosses," Peter Bodin at Grant Thornton Sweden said.

The survey also looks at levels of stress among business leaders worldwide.

"Our survey also shows a link between experienced increased stress levels and few holiday days. The longer the holiday, the calmer you feel," Bodin said.

The survey shows that 14 days is the global average, 20 days within the EU, 11 in South America and Asia/Pacific Rim and 12 in North America.

Africa as a region is omitted from the global statistics but is represented by a firm in South Africa, where business leaders have taken 13 days holiday in the past 12 months.

"We have several partner firms, but not all choose to take part in this survey. South Africa and Botswana are two countries (that form) part of the survey that are on the African continent, but those are too few, to create an index for the African region," Lisbeth Larsson at Grant Thornton Sweden told The Local on Wednesday.

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Of the listed countries Mexico, Vietnam and Taiwan have the lowest amount of holiday, with an average of 7 days taken by business leaders over the past year.

The survey is based on interviews with 7,400 business leaders in private firms who work with Grant Thornton in some capacity in 36 countries worldwide. In Sweden 450 companies with an average of 50-500 staff were surveyed.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

03:55 June 10, 2010 by repat_xpat
Does this include or exclude vacation days? I know the bosses at SAAB had a minimum of 30 days of vacation.

Is this good news or bad news? Personally, I like lots of time off, but that might not be good for my job in the long run.
10:06 June 11, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
I believe that "HOLIDAY" is English for American "VACATION".
10:55 June 13, 2010 by Cloggie
In the Netherlands one receives on average 24 holidays/vacation days. Employers as well as employees, provided you have a full time contract and work a ful year. In Sweden there is a different range. Depending on your age and contract form. It varies between 25-35 days a year. 25 days being your minimum legal right. I wonder how it is possible that this survey does not generate that answer!
11:32 June 13, 2010 by Polarbear
I agree with Cloggie. Where on earth do they get that figure from? Every full time worker has a right to 25 days vacation after working for 1 year. I work within academia where it is typical for someone over 50 to get 35-40 days of holiday. This is over and above the statutory holidays!
14:19 July 1, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
@Polarbear - "... Every full time worker has a right to 25 days vacation after working for 1 year..."

Sorry but this is where my mind was blown away BUT I believe you are wrong! It is NOT AFTER working 1 year, those 25 days are included IN THE FIRST YEAR!!!!!!???
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