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The 13 cities with the best work-life balance in the world

13. Madrid, Spain — 33.28 hours per week. Spanish workers have a reputation for taking a mid-afternoon siesta to avoid the worst of the sun, and that siesta cuts down their hours substantially.

13. Madrid, Spain — 33.28 hours per week. Spanish workers have a reputation for taking a mid-afternoon siesta to avoid the worst of the sun, and that siesta cuts down their hours substantially.
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12. Amsterdam, Netherlands — 33.20 hours. Famous for being one of Europe's most laid back cities, it seems that Amsterdam's reputation is justified. People in the city work an average 1,726 hours per year, 165 fewer than the global average.

12. Amsterdam, Netherlands — 33.20 hours. Famous for being one of Europe's most laid back cities, it seems that Amsterdam's reputation is justified. People in the city work an average 1,726 hours per year, 165 fewer than the global average.
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11. Munich, Germany — 33.1 hours. Workers in the Bavarian city, famous for its top tier football and Oktoberfest celebrations, take an average of 29 days holiday every year, cutting down their overall hours to the lowest level of any city in Germany.

11. Munich, Germany — 33.1 hours. Workers in the Bavarian city, famous for its top tier football and Oktoberfest celebrations, take an average of 29 days holiday every year, cutting down their overall hours to the lowest level of any city in Germany.
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10. Brussels, Belgium — 33.02 hours. Citizens of Brussels take the fewest days of holiday of any city on this list — just 18 per year. That doesn't stop them having one of the best work-life balances on earth, working only 1,717 hours annually.

10. Brussels, Belgium — 33.02 hours. Citizens of Brussels take the fewest days of holiday of any city on this list — just 18 per year. That doesn't stop them having one of the best work-life balances on earth, working only 1,717 hours annually.
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9. Vilnius, Lithuania — 33 hours. Working just 33 hours per week, less than seven per day in a five-day week, people in Lithuania's capital can strike a pretty good balance between their work and leisure time.

9. Vilnius, Lithuania — 33 hours. Working just 33 hours per week, less than seven per day in a five-day week, people in Lithuania's capital can strike a pretty good balance between their work and leisure time.
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8. Luxembourg, Luxembourg — 32.75 hours. Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe, and as a result, workers seem to be pretty relaxed about how much work they do, spending just 1,703 hours a year in the office, and taking 31 days holiday.

8. Luxembourg, Luxembourg — 32.75 hours. Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe, and as a result, workers seem to be pretty relaxed about how much work they do, spending just 1,703 hours a year in the office, and taking 31 days holiday.
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7. Copenhagen, Denmark — 32.64 hours. Copenhagen was recently voted as the city with the 9th best quality of life anywhere on earth. Some of that success is probably down to the city's relaxed attitude to working. The average citizen works 11.4% fewer hours than the global average.

7. Copenhagen, Denmark — 32.64 hours. Copenhagen was recently voted as the city with the 9th best quality of life anywhere on earth. Some of that success is probably down to the city's relaxed attitude to working. The average citizen works 11.4% fewer hours than the global average.
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6. Milan, Italy — 32.52 hours. Despite being in the country's financial hub, Milanese workers are the most relaxed in all of Italy when it comes to work, spending nearly 12% fewer hours in the office compared to the global average.

6. Milan, Italy — 32.52 hours. Despite being in the country's financial hub, Milanese workers are the most relaxed in all of Italy when it comes to work, spending nearly 12% fewer hours in the office compared to the global average.
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5. Vienna, Austria — 32.27 hours. Workers in the Austrian capital spend an average of just 1,678 hours each year at the office, and take 27 days holiday per annum.

5. Vienna, Austria — 32.27 hours. Workers in the Austrian capital spend an average of just 1,678 hours each year at the office, and take 27 days holiday per annum.
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4. Helsinki, Finland — 31.91 hours. Clocking less than 32 hours a week, or just under six and a half hours a day in a five-day working week, employees in Finland's capital work for more than 14% fewer than the average global worker.

4. Helsinki, Finland — 31.91 hours. Clocking less than 32 hours a week, or just under six and a half hours a day in a five-day working week, employees in Finland's capital work for more than 14% fewer than the average global worker.
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3. Moscow, Russia — 31.66 hours. Not only do workers in Russia's capital work just 1,646 hours per year, they also take nearly 31 days of holiday time each year.

3. Moscow, Russia — 31.66 hours. Not only do workers in Russia's capital work just 1,646 hours per year, they also take nearly 31 days of holiday time each year.
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2. Lyon, France — 31.36 hours. Despite being the city with the second best work-life balance in the world, Lyon isn't even top of the list in France. Nonetheless, workers get a pretty sweet deal, working just 1,630 hours a year, and taking an average of 28.5 days holiday.

2. Lyon, France — 31.36 hours. Despite being the city with the second best work-life balance in the world, Lyon isn't even top of the list in France. Nonetheless, workers get a pretty sweet deal, working just 1,630 hours a year, and taking an average of 28.5 days holiday.
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1. Paris, France — 30.84 hours. Parisians are the easiest going people of any major city, working just under 31 hours per week, or 1,603.8 hours every year. That's almost 18% fewer hours than the global average.

1. Paris, France — 30.84 hours. Parisians are the easiest going people of any major city, working just under 31 hours per week, or 1,603.8 hours every year. That's almost 18% fewer hours than the global average.
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