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Valeria Verona  Identity Verified
Argentina
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Oct 10, 2002

Hello, everybody!

I have a doubt: how long are your vacations where you live? How many days off per year do you have?

I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and here people normally have 15/20 days a year (mostly in summer and maybe if you\'re lucky some days in winter).

What is the typical situation in your countries/cities?



Thank you! Have a nice day



Valeria


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Jacek Krankowski  Identity Verified
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up to 26 working days in Poland (5+ weeks) Oct 10, 2002

That\'s the maximum under our Labour Code. Except for teachers who have 2 months off, but are among the lowest paid in the country.

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TRADL
France
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UK/France/Germany Oct 10, 2002

4 weeks in the UK where I currently live, 5 in France and 6 in Germany (those are the official figures as far as I know), so definitely not enough in the UK !! )



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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Free-Lancers Oct 10, 2002

Take whatever vacation time they want to and can afford. The norm for employees in the U.S. can be one to three weeks; perhaps a bit more after many years of service but not much more; not like Europe.



Several years ago I set a goal of 25% of the year (13 weeks) on vacation and even plan to increase it. Life is too short not to. I\'m nobody\'s employee, and I plan to enjoy.


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Guillermo de la Puerta  Identity Verified
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30 days in Spain Oct 10, 2002

Except also for teachers who have about 3 months.



Kind Regards wildlp )


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Nathalie M. Girard, ALHC  Identity Verified
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For Barbados... Oct 10, 2002

Hello!



Since I travel and live both in Canada and Barbados, I will tell you mainly about Barbados (others can answer for Canada - just to get more people to join the conversation!):



In Barbados if you work full-time for a company in the private sector:



You get:



2 weeks off (1-5 years of employment)

3 weeks off (5 + years of employment)

4 weeks off (only at Management level and number of years required is up to individual companies as far as I know)



Government is along the same guidelines.



School is a bit different here (for teachers) as the summer break is shorter:



1 month break in April for Easter, school ends mid-July and starts up again the first week of September.



HTH

Nathalie


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Valeria Verona  Identity Verified
Argentina
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I imagined :(( Oct 11, 2002

I knew it! Most of the people get more rest than us down here



Such is life... at least here!



Valeria


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Bryan Crumpler  Identity Verified
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In Amsterdam, 24 days a year PLUS... Oct 11, 2002

...more if you work 9 hours a day instead of 7 and take off 1 day a week.



Then you get an 8.3% minimum mandatory vacation bonus.



So that\'s 52 weeks a year, 1 day a week, plus normal vacation. That\'s 76 days a year vacation. WOW! That would explain why a lot of people in our office often took 2 month long vacations during the spring/summer time.



Everyone move to the Netherlands!!!!!





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FREDERICA  Identity Verified
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In Greece Oct 11, 2002

If you\'re working in the public or private sector you normally get 4 weeks a year. But if you are a school teacher you get 2.5 months!!!!!!! How about moving to Greece to work in a school? (Schoolchildren get 3 months off school in summer, 2weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks at Easter plus other shorter holidays. Aren\'t they lucky!!!!
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Alan Johnson  Identity Verified
Germany
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Germany Oct 11, 2002

30 working days for most employees.

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Kimmy
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In Italy I get 34 Oct 11, 2002

with \"reduced work hours\" (riduzioni orario).

Not bad! COuld never fathom the three week thing!!!


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Egmont
Spain
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Freelancers... Oct 11, 2002

...are always in vacations...(vacare...)
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RWSTranslation
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Germany Oct 11, 2002

4 weeks (or 20 days by a 5 working day week) are minimum



in bigger companies you have often more


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Rick Henry  Identity Verified
United States
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A new trend in the US Oct 11, 2002

Normally in the US, starting vacation in 2 weeks per year, and goes up from there with years of service. You also get 2 weeks (normally) of sick time. A lot of companies have (finally) discovered that people call in sick when they\'re not, just because they want to tak a day off.

So, now the wording\'s changed a bit. I\'ve seen it called PTO (personal time off) and FTO (Flexible time off) - and it\'s usually vacation time and sick combined, so a starting employee would be entitiled to 4 weeks.

Much more sensible, as far as trtacking time goes, and the employee generally feels more positive about it (after all, psychologically there\'s now 4 weeks instead of 2 for vacation).



R.

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On 2002-10-10 14:00, valeverona wrote:

Hello, everybody!

I have a doubt: how long are your vacations where you live? How many days off per year do you have?

I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and here people normally have 15/20 days a year (mostly in summer and maybe if you\'re lucky some days in winter).

What is the typical situation in your countries/cities?



Thank you! Have a nice day



Valeria



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Alexandra Harmer  Identity Verified
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Belgium and Canada Oct 11, 2002

Hello everybody!

How nice it is to wake up and talk about holidays! In Belgium, where I\'m from, the legal minimum is 20 days (pro rata of how many days you worked the previous year), but I used to have 28 + the whole week for Christmas, that was cool. Now in Canada, I don\'t have to worry about that, being self-employed but my husband started working in June and only had about 5.5 days for the rest of the year, as it\'s also pro-rata here, and the minimum is only 2 weeks!! Aie Caramba!! I couldn\'t survive!


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