The world’s most diverse continent is Europe in the Northern Hemisphere, with over 200 languages spoken, English being the primary language. With hundreds of distinct cultures and countries spread across Europe, a delightful party celebration or traveling is never far away. Many countries in Europe observe major international holidays, then break with their own national festivals and local traditions. Continue reading for the top five countries in Europe with the most holidays.
A country that promotes reform and encourages rest to increase employees’ success also accepts holds up workers’ rights. Employees in Sweden have a minimum of 25 days of annual leave, sometimes even more. In July, Sweden comes to a halt as the Swedes take their annual rest of four weeks, as allowed by law for all employees. Swedish law requires Swedes to take 5 weeks of annual break or 25 days. Swedes permanent workers take advantage of this time off to visit a warm location in Southern Europe, Asia, or some other destination of their choosing. Acts of Parliament set up public holidays in Sweden, divided into Christian and unchristian holidays, with the latter printed in red on calendars. Swedes look forward to these festivals, affectionately referring to them as “red days.”
According to the European Commission, the wealthiest nation in Europe is Luxembourg, with an economy that is over two-and-half times the European Union average. It entitles employees to 25 days of paid vacation after one year of employment, except public holidays. Luxembourg law grants employee’s who work on a national holiday three times their normal pay for that day. Luxembourg’s reputation for high living standards, tax haven status, small size compared to neighboring Germany, Belgium, France draws various other citizens and tourists the world over.
This nation on the southern coast of Europe is on the European countries that provide workers with paid vacation time. According to the independent’s review of new data, Greeks have the longest vacation than any European Union resident. Greece’s residents enjoy travel for an average of 9.9 days, almost half the Union’s average of 5.1 days. The legislation permits employees with over 10 years of service with the same employer or 12 years with separate employers to 25 days of paid leave per year. At 37 total working days off each year (legal holidays + public holidays), the Greek working class has the second-highest number of total working days off presently.
A country with the largest economy makes it on European states with the most generous vacation rights. The French government provides 5 weeks of paid leave every year to its workers, except public holidays. Most workers take their annual holidays in July, August, just before starting the new school year, leaving Paris’s usually bustling streets empty and businesses closed. Senior staffs who have worked for an organization for at least six years have the choice of taking a break 6 to 11 months from work to relax or pursue interests, such as travel. Bastille Day is France’s glamorous national celebration, as the country celebrates French national day in style every fourteenth day of July. It began as a celebration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, developing since then into a worldwide event.
It is a nation that is home to global booming welfare programs, with premium government-funded schooling, medical care, and job benefits. Even though the government does not accept Christmas Eve and midsummer’s eve in June as official public holidays, most Finnish companies have days off on those days. The government also grants its workers 5 weeks’ vacation and Finn’s parents up to nine months of leave for a new child plus two years of unpaid childcare leave without losing their jobs. Finland has ten national holidays, the most popular of which is the eve of mayday. Cities around Finland come alive for a few days at the end of April, with residents celebrating in style with carnivals and festivals.
Nations in Europe have laws that permit paid annual leaves to their workforce, a move that recognizes and supports workers’ rights. Residents of these states spend their vacations visiting neighboring states or pursuing their interests. Carnivals and state celebrations across countries are a perfect way to bring people together, strengthening the sense of community.