How to enjoy expat life by working fewer hours

Published:  8 Sep at 6 PM
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Expat lifestyle surveys aren’t just about how much money is earned, where’s the surest destination for fast career advancement and what’s best for families, they’re also about spending as little time as possible in the office.

Expat networking website InterNations’ latest survey is hitting the headlines by identifying the top relocation destinations for those wanting to work as few hours as is possible. Spending as little time as possible in the office allows more time to be spent enjoying your new country, even although the salary may not be that great.

Work-life balance, it seems, is the way to go in New Zealand, with its average working hours per week totalling 42.2 and giving the country a number nine placing in this sector of the survey. Luxembourg came in at number eight with 41.8 hours each week, plus a stable economy and great work/life balance.

Norway’s excellent work/life balance is as well-known as its spectacular fjords and rugged beauty, and helped the country take seventh place with a working week of 41.7 hours. Ireland scored at number six with 41.5 hours, although pay rates are lower than in most other expat hubs.

Cyprus’s Mediterranean setting makes good use of time off work for expats who’ve been trapped in the office for 41.5 hours every week whilst the sun shines outside. The island came out at number five in the survey for its outdoor lifestyle. Expats in Canada get to work for 41.1 hours weekly, with its high quality of life another attraction resulting in the country’s number four rating.

If you can stand the cold and the midnight sun or can’t wait to view the Northern Lights, the working week in Finland won’t take too much energy at 41.1 hours every week. Top quality family life helped this far northern destination take third place.

For many expats, France’s second place due to its 41-hour working week might come as a surprise, but this popular destination’s nationals really do need time to themselves to enjoy French food along with French wine. Top of the list for hours worked weekly is Denmark with 39, but it’s one of the most difficult relocation countries as regards settling in and making friends.
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