The study measures the time people spend working in all EU member states capitals. It measures the days employees spend in their office compared to days they are absent due to sickness, holidays, regular leaves and other reasons, such as commuting time, strikes and childcare.
Defying the stereotypes, Romanians come first with 2,099 hours of work for full-time employees, while Greeks come second, followed by the Hungarians, Bulgarians, Polish, Latvians, Slovaks, Estonians and Cypriots.
On the other hand, Finland comes last with an average of 1,661 hours of work per-full time employee, followed by Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. Britain and Germany are found in the middle of this list.
Finland, France, Sweden, Germany, Britain and Italy show the highest drop in working hours, while Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands show a major increase.
The study contradicts the EU stereotype, revealing that northern Europe countries are in fact more lazy than southern countries, even though the latter ones are more seriously hit by the financial crisis.