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A labourer works at a shipyard in Yueqing City, Zhejiang Province, China.

A labourer works at a shipyard in Yueqing City, Zhejiang Province, China.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has released its 2012 Employment Outlook. The outlook paints a picture of the current labour markets in 32 member states, most of which are located in the Europe, according to24/7 Wall St.

In several countries, the average hours worked per year has fallen by more than 20, it says.

Let’s take a look at countries with lowest working hours.

 

The skyline of Frankfurt with its bank towers.

The skyline of Frankfurt with its bank towers.

Germany

Average annual hours per person: 1,330

Average working hours per week: 25.6

Average wage per hour: $35.33 (seventh highest)

Global rank: 1

 

A view of the House of Parliament at the Hague, the Netherlands.

A view of the House of Parliament at the Hague, the Netherlands.

The Netherlands

Average annual hours per person: 1,336

Average working hours per week: 25.7

Average wage per hour: $42.67 (fourth highest)

Global rank: 2

 

A view shows the Concorde obelisk, Champs Elysees Avenue and the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.

A view shows the Concorde obelisk, Champs Elysees Avenue and the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.

France

Average annual hours per person: 1,392

Average working hours per week: 26.8

Average wage per hour: $34.26 (eighth highest)

Global rank: 3

 

A view of Vienna International Centre and UN headquarters in Vienna.

A view of Vienna International Centre and UN headquarters in Vienna.

Austria

Average annual hours per person: 1,431

Average working hours per week: 27.5

Average wage per hour: $36.63 (sixth highest)

Global rank: 4

 

Guests enjoy a 'Dinner in the Sky' on a platform hanging in front of the Cinquantenaire park in Brussels.

Guests enjoy a 'Dinner in the Sky' on a platform hanging in front of the Cinquantenaire park in Brussels.

Belgium

Average annual hours per person: 1,446

Average working hours per week: 27.8

Average wage per hour: $38.90 (fifth highest)

Global rank: 5

 

People hang around outside a bar in the Temple Bar area of central Dublin.

People hang around outside a bar in the Temple Bar area of central Dublin.

Ireland

Average annual hours per person: 1,469

Average working hours per week: 28.3

Average wage per hour: $45.53 (third highest)

Global rank: 6

 

The Nyhavn canal, part of the Copenhagen Harbor and home to many bars and restaurants.

The Nyhavn canal, part of the Copenhagen Harbor and home to many bars and restaurants.

Denmark

Average annual hours per person: 1,496

Average working hours per week: 28.8

Average wage per hour: $48.82 (the highest)

Global rank: 7

 

A view of the city of Luxembourg.

A view of the city of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg

Average annual hours per person: 1,565

Average working hours per week: 30.1

Average wage per hour: $46.78 (second highest)

Global rank: 8

 

Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Finland.

Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Finland.

Finland

Average annual hours per person: 1,578

Average working hours per week: 30.3

Average wage per hour: $33.63 (ninth highest)

Global rank: 9

 

Traffic on the road and the Thames passes the Houses of Parliament in London.

Traffic on the road and the Thames passes the Houses of Parliament in London.

The United Kingdom

Average annual hours per person: 1,611

Average working hours per week: 31

Average wage per hour: $31.27 (11th highest)

Global rank: 10

 

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