Working Long Hours amigo?

Jeremy Clarkson and co got it wrong. Far from Mexicans being feckless it turns out they are the hardest working nation in the West according to the latest data from the OECD.

For years the Brits have been claiming that they work the longest hours in Europe but in fact only Belgium and France work fewer hours than us in the EU. Belgium’s working day averages 7 hours compared to Mexico’s 10 hours a day (these figures include both paid and unpaid work including studying).

And despite working the longest hours the Mexicans rank as the 3rd happiest nation (Iceland was the happiest and Ireland was the second most charitable). These figures are part of the OECD publication “Society at a glance” which gives an overview of social trends.

And here’s the same data in an infographic

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