10 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance

Published July 28th, 2021 - 05:27 GMT

It’s not always easy to balance life and work; especially if you live in a bustling city that consumes you and you find yourself immersed in continuous traffic, long working hours and very little personal time. Therefore, there are countries that  do help their citizens to find this balance and help create a culture of self-care while maintaining productivity at a workplace.

Here are the  10 best countries for work-life balance:

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1.Netherlands

1. Netherlands: The Netherlands ranks first when it comes to providing the best work-life balance for its citizens, with less than 1% of employees working long hours and the average time citizens devote to leisure and personal care is 16.1 hours. It’s worth mentioning that the Netherlands' unemployment rate is 3.8%.

2.  Italy

2.Italy: Italians are famous for their love for life and their “laid back” lifestyle, so it isn't surprising to see Italy ranking second. Only 4.1% of Italy’s population work long hours, and the average time citizens devote to leisure and personal care is 16.5 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Italy’s unemployment rate is 10.6%.

3. Denmark

3.Denmark: About only 2% percent of employees in Denmark work long hours, which is much lower than the average of 11 percent. And the average time citizens devote to leisure and personal care is 15.9 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Denmark’s unemployment rate is 5.1%.

4. Spain

4. Spain: Like the Italians, the Spaniards are also known for their chilled lifestyle. The average time citizens devote to leisure and personal care is 15.9 hours, and only 4% of the employees in Spain work long hours while the unemployment rate stands at 14.13%.

5. France

5.France: Less than 8% of French employees work long hours, while full-time employees give 65% of their daily time to personal care and leisure. It’s worth mentioning that France’s unemployment rate stands at 8.4%.

6 Lithuania

6.Lithuania: Lithuania's GDP doubled in the first decade after it joined the European Union in 2004, but the economy has slowed since then. Only 0.5% of its employees work long hours, and the average time employees devote to leisure and personal care is 15.6 hours. Lithuania’s unemployment rate is slightly above 6%.

7. Norway

7. Norway: Less than 3% of Norwegians work for long hours while the average time the employees in Norway dedicate to leisure and personal care is 15.6 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Norway’s unemployment rate stands at 3.7%.

8. Belgium

8.Belgium: Only 4.8% of Belgian people spend long hours in the office while the Belgain employees spend 15.7 hours on average on leisure and personal care. It’s worth mentioning that the unemployment rate in Belgium stands at 5.9%.

9. Germany

9.Germany: Only 4.3% of German employees work long hours, while the average time devoted to leisure and personal care is 15.6 hours. The industrial country is known for its low unemployment rate which stands at 3.4%.

10. Sweden

10. Sweden: Sweden is known for its high happiness level, and this is reflected in its people and their lifestyle. Around 1% only work long hours, and the average time devoted for leisure and personal care is 15.2 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Sweden’s unemployment rate is 6.8%.

1.Netherlands
2.  Italy
3. Denmark
4. Spain
5. France
6 Lithuania
7. Norway
8. Belgium
9. Germany
10. Sweden
1.Netherlands
1. Netherlands: The Netherlands ranks first when it comes to providing the best work-life balance for its citizens, with less than 1% of employees working long hours and the average time citizens devote to leisure and personal care is 16.1 hours. It’s worth mentioning that the Netherlands' unemployment rate is 3.8%.
2.  Italy
2.Italy: Italians are famous for their love for life and their “laid back” lifestyle, so it isn't surprising to see Italy ranking second. Only 4.1% of Italy’s population work long hours, and the average time citizens devote to leisure and personal care is 16.5 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Italy’s unemployment rate is 10.6%.
3. Denmark
3.Denmark: About only 2% percent of employees in Denmark work long hours, which is much lower than the average of 11 percent. And the average time citizens devote to leisure and personal care is 15.9 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Denmark’s unemployment rate is 5.1%.
4. Spain
4. Spain: Like the Italians, the Spaniards are also known for their chilled lifestyle. The average time citizens devote to leisure and personal care is 15.9 hours, and only 4% of the employees in Spain work long hours while the unemployment rate stands at 14.13%.
5. France
5.France: Less than 8% of French employees work long hours, while full-time employees give 65% of their daily time to personal care and leisure. It’s worth mentioning that France’s unemployment rate stands at 8.4%.
6 Lithuania
6.Lithuania: Lithuania's GDP doubled in the first decade after it joined the European Union in 2004, but the economy has slowed since then. Only 0.5% of its employees work long hours, and the average time employees devote to leisure and personal care is 15.6 hours. Lithuania’s unemployment rate is slightly above 6%.
7. Norway
7. Norway: Less than 3% of Norwegians work for long hours while the average time the employees in Norway dedicate to leisure and personal care is 15.6 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Norway’s unemployment rate stands at 3.7%.
8. Belgium
8.Belgium: Only 4.8% of Belgian people spend long hours in the office while the Belgain employees spend 15.7 hours on average on leisure and personal care. It’s worth mentioning that the unemployment rate in Belgium stands at 5.9%.
9. Germany
9.Germany: Only 4.3% of German employees work long hours, while the average time devoted to leisure and personal care is 15.6 hours. The industrial country is known for its low unemployment rate which stands at 3.4%.
10. Sweden
10. Sweden: Sweden is known for its high happiness level, and this is reflected in its people and their lifestyle. Around 1% only work long hours, and the average time devoted for leisure and personal care is 15.2 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Sweden’s unemployment rate is 6.8%.