Australians Get Bugger All Public Holidays [Infographic]

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Have you ever wondered how Australia's annual public holiday quota compares to the rest of the world? It may surprise you to learn that Aussie workers are near the bottom of the pile, with everyone from New Zealand to the Netherlands receiving more national days off work. This infographic breaks down the worldwide rankings.

Last year, Australia's accidental Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested the possibility of a new national holiday specifically to honour indigenous Australians. He confirmed that this would not replace Australia Day, which means Aussie workers could potentially receive an extra day off work per year.

Doubtlessly most of the country's employers would be staunchly against another national holiday, arguing it would put needless strain on the economy. In reality, if a new Australian holiday were to be established by law, it would put us on equal footing with most other nations.

Discount code site CupoNation Australia analysed the number of public holidays across 195 countries worldwide. Interestingly, Iran topped the ranking, with Iranian workers entitled to 27 paid public holidays. Meanwhile, Australian workers receive just 10 paid public holidays per year, which puts us behind 54 other nations. (The global average is 11.)

It's worth noting that nations with higher average incomes tend to receive fewer public holidays. As CupoNation notes, the ten countries with the highest net salary in the world have only eight public holidays on average. However, there are several incredibly wealthy countries on the list that still manage to trump Australia.

It could be worse, we suppose. Employers in the United States are not required to provide any vacation time and there are zero paid public holidays. Here's the complete list:

[Via CupoNation Australia]

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This story has been updated since its original publication.


    I wonder how many of these countries with a high number of public holidays have very little annual leave. It would be interesting to see that factored in.

      Apparently, Iranian workers get one month paid annual leave on average. So they beat us on that front too.

        By law full time workers in Australia get 20 work days a year, or 4 weeks. One month, basically. They'd only beat us if they got more than 20 days.

        Regardless, 1 month of annual leave + basically 1 calendar month of public holidays means they are only working 10 months a year. I wonder what their employee satisfaction is like though.

      Singaporeans get 7-14 days of leave depending on length of service.

    We already get 11 public holidays in Victoria per year

      NSW really only get 9 - not counting the bank holiday or the Easter weekend

      If you don't count the Easter and Christmas holidays, NSW only gets 4 - Australia Day, Anzac Day, Queen's Birthday and Labour Day. Most other states get 5 and some even get 6.

      While it's true that we get bugger all public holidays, we also get 4 weeks/20 days of paid leave per year if you are a full time worker by law, which is reasonably high compared to a lot of other countries.

    Some holidays in European countries are not guaranteed. If a public holiday fell on a weekend then bad luck. At least in Oz the following Monday and/or Tuesday is a day off. I remember one year 6 of the 13 holidays in Croatia fell on weekends.

    Maybe I'm going blind, but for the life of me, I can't find the USA, Canada, Ireland or the UK in that list. Seems to be a rather large omission?

      USA isn't there because *technically* they get zero paid public holidays a year. That is, there are no laws in place that say specific dates must be paid holidays. That's a bit misleading though because in reality the vast majority of businesses (95% or more) offer paid holidays for Christmas, New Year, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Labor Day.

        Thanksgiving has been renamed 'trample people to buy cheap shit'.

    Pointless article.
    Public holiday is based on special events (history, cultural, religion etc..)
    Example: Australia celebrates Queen's birthday. Iran won't.
    Each country has their own political, religious, cultural, historical public holiday.

      Pointless article.

      Then goes on to explain the whole point of the article as if they are dismissing it.

    10 is enough.
    an extra day will be the end of civilization as we know it...

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