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Why Work When You Can Be Swedish Instead

John on January 19, 2007 at 2:33 pm

I just got back from a wonderful vacation with my wife. We took a 5 day cruise to Mexico, leaving the little ones behind with Grandma for the first time ever. It was great to get away for a while but it’s good to be home and back to real life.

So as I drift back to real life today, I came across this story in The Local:

Swedes aged between 16 and 64 claimed they could not work due to ill health for an average of 39.9 days in 2006, according to figures from the Swedish Social Insurance Administration (Försäkringskassan), which controls state payments to the sick.

The article doesn’t clarify, but I’m assuming 40 days means work days. If so that’s 8 weeks of sick leave per year. That doesn’t include legally mandated vacation which in Sweden is 32 days (Sweden is second only to France in the vacation days department). That’s just over six weeks worth of mandated vacation. Add that to the sick leave and the average Swede is not at work 14 weeks per year. And as the story notes, that’s down from previous years!

I guess if you’re a teacher (as many of my friends are) that isn’t all that shocking. But wow! I can’t imagine having 14 weeks a year with no work. The Local’s website has a banner linking to another story titled More People Want to Become Swedes.

Sure…It beats working.

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