Countries with lowest paid leave include US and China: report

With ten paid vacation days and zero paid vacation days, the United States – dubbed the “vacationless nation” – has the lowest paid vacation days in the world. It is also the only developed country with zero statutory paid leave, compared to the global average of 18.2 days.

DC council members introduced a paid family leave bill that would create the most progressive system in the nation and serve as a model for other cities that may be interested in paid leave.

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That’s according to a report by, a professional resource website that analyzed data collected in August.

“The lack of paid vacation days in the United States negatively impacts work-life balance in many ways,” Lotte van Rijswijk, head of content team at Resume, told CNBC. io.

“Studies show that 50% of American workers don’t take vacations. This lack of downtime could lead to burnout and stress — and in more severe cases, depression and mental health issues” , added van Rijswijk.

Conversely, Iran offers the highest paid vacation days – 27 public holidays and 26 paid vacation days, according to the report.

To compile the report, looked at data on laws governing statutory paid annual leave and paid public holidays in 197 countries. Countries were ranked by the combined number of statutory paid vacation days and paid public holidays per year, the report said.

Keep reading to find out the ten countries around the world that give people the lowest paid leave, ranked in descending order. Rankings marked with a “T” symbolize a tie. Paid vacation refers to the legal minimum vacation time an employee can book in a year. Vacation days are the combined total of paid vacation days and paid holidays. did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.


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