Studies like this one are great for dispersing stereotypes, like the one about Greeks being lazy and working as little as possible, a view popular in some northern European countries. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development conducted a study to determine in which of the 38 OECD member-countries people work the most.
Greece ranked third in the world, after Korea and Mexico, and first among European countries. In Europe, the Dutch work the least hours per year (1,380), followed closely by the Germans who work 1,388 hours.
Norway comes third with its people working 1408 hours every year, followed by the Danish who work 1,411. Greeks are the hardest working Europeans (2,037 hours) followed by the Polish (1,918 hours), the Hungarians (1,883 hours) and the Estonians (1,868). Globally, people in Mexico work 2,237 hours per year, Koreans 2,163, Chileans 2,015 and Russians 1,980 hours.
The U.S.A. rank in 12th place with Americans working 1,788 hours per year. The mission of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.