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Danes are most satisfied with their work/life balance

February 28th, 2018

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More than half of Userneeds’ panel members in the Nordics and Ireland are satisfied with the balance between their work and private life, however, in Ireland and Sweden 37 percent say “No” when asked whether or not they are satisfied with their work/life balance.

According to a report published in 2017 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the average Irish person works 1820 hours per year, whereas the average Dane works no more than 1410 hours each year. In between you find Norway with 1421, Sweden with 1621 and finally Finland with 1653 hours per year. These figures might explain the results from one of Userneeds’ most recent quick polls.

Put differently, Userneeds asked the following question: “Are you satisfied with your work/life balance?” and with 71 percent saying “Yes”, the Danes are clearly more satisfied with their balance compared to Userneeds’ Swedish and Irish members where respectively 57 and 58 percent say “Yes”.

The biggest group to answer “Don’t know” is also to be found in Denmark (8 percent), which means that 21 percent of the Danish panel members answer “No” when asked if they are satisfied with their work/life balance. In Norway 30 percent aren’t satisfied with their balance, in Finland this goes for 35 percent and finally as mentioned 37 percent in Sweden and Ireland aren’t satisfied with their work/life balance.

In other words, slightly more Finnish than Swedish people are happy with their work/life balance even though the average Finn works 42 hours more each year. That being said the overall picture definitely implies that the people working less are happier with their work/life balance.