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Old 07-24-2013, 09:49 PM
 
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Work/Employment and Career is not the same in every country and region based on job opportunities, average number of working hours, annual salary for similar careers, the working mindset, including how much time and effort into work.

This topic in particular is about the variation depending on region+country in the world for working mindset, how much time and effort average people have in work/employment, and to what level their overall lifestyle, either benefits, gets sacrificed, or damaged from the work/employment mindset in their exact region of the world.

There is some false stereotypes and overly generalizing for this topic between how the work/employment is in countries of Europe vs. Asia vs. USA in North America, and I expect this is going to be said more in this topic.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:51 PM
 
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This is how I group some countries and regions for having a varied work/employment mindset, including average number of working hours, and time+ effort into work:


The Regions of the World for the Work to Live, Leisure, Relaxing, Easygoing Life:

Scandinavia: Sweden, Norway, Denmark: This region is probably the perfect role model for being economically successful, wealthy, and showing this is very possible while having a work to live, leisure, relaxing, easygoing life, and people not having to work so much to be economically successful. This is equally true for plenty of other countries+ regions on this list.

France

Italy

Spain

Argentina

Netherlands

Belgium

Switzerland

The state of California in USA. Maybe Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest: Washington state, Oregon.

Canada

Australia



The Places Having a Workaholic, Live to Work, Overly Pretentious in Work, Overly Competitive Life:

South Korea

Japan

UK: I definitely notice an obvious difference in work/employment mindset between France vs. UK, especially for their largest cities, and there is no denying it.

Most of USA: This is especially true for most of the Northeast, Midwest, and Southern USA. There is an exception in some regions of the West, including the state of California, and maybe Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest: Washington state, Oregon. Work/Employment just seems more relaxed, less competitive, and less workaholic there.

Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region of Germany, and some other regions of Germany.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Only including 1st World Countries...



The Regions of the World for the Work to Live, Leisure, Relaxing, Easygoing Life:
Sweden
Denmark
Netherlands
Spain
New Zealand



The Places Having a Workaholic, Live to Work, Overly Pretentious in Work, Overly Competitive Life:
Japan
South Korea
Taiwan
Hong Kong
Singapore
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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The Regions of the World for the Work to Live, Leisure, Relaxing, Easygoing Life:

Spain
Italy
France

The Places Having a Workaholic, Live to Work, Overly Pretentious in Work, Overly Competitive Life:

USA
Japan
South Korea
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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With 27 percent of the population unemployed, people working too much is definitely not one of Spain's problems.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:43 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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People in the Upper-Middle class Suburban regions in the United States have a great work ethic, make alot of money and have no problem spending it right away.
They tend to buy more toys than spend the money for long distance traveling. so most would rather buy a boat and jet skies than a vacation to Brazil.

Rural America is very easy going, relaxed and the people are very chill.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Finland
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In Finland we do the shortest working week in the EU, on average 37.8 hours a week. And full time employees have a guaranteed 25 days a year of paid vacation, and additional 9 national holiday days a year. Same in Sweden.

The Germans and Danes have the longest vacations, around 40 days a year, but they work longer weeks.

So I'd say the best countries based on these factors are Finland, Sweden, France, The Netherlands and Italy.

Worst are China, Côte-de-Ivoire, Vietnam, India... practically every country with slave and child labor.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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People in the Upper-Middle class Suburban regions in the United States have a great work ethic, make alot of money and have no problem spending it right away.
They tend to buy more toys than spend the money for long distance traveling. so most would rather buy a boat and jet skies than a vacation to Brazil.

Rural America is very easy going, relaxed and the people are very chill.
Why are continuing to overly generalize and saying too many false stereotypes about USA? And then you almost try to bring it off topic...

This really depends on exact area of USA. Vermont for one example is a pleasant, nice version of rural while Arkansas, Kentucky, and West Virginia have a relatively horrible version of rural.

A similar correlation is obvious to know and realize between certain suburban regions of USA, so your observation is limited to suburban Minnesota Upper Midwest and very different compared to suburbs in California, or Pacific Northwest.

There is a noticeable difference between progressive suburbs vs. moderate vs. conservative suburbs, the suburbs having too much sprawl and being a boring cultural wasteland vs. some suburbs actually having intriguing scenery, culture, soul, personality, and then the wealthy vs. middle class vs. low income poor suburbs.

Most people don’t have the overly idealistic view you have for USA, including for the work ethic. For work/employment, too many people in USA have a noticeable cynical, negative view of work. Most regions of USA have a workaholic, live to work, overly pretentious in work, overly competitive life. However, there is a few exceptions I said in an earlier post.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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There is an original topic I created in the Asia forum 5 months ago: The idea of School Education and Work in Asia: sometimes a false stereotype?

There is plenty of excellent, and impressive responses over there showing a real, accurate representation of work/employment in Asia, and showing there is definitely some false stereotypes for Asia related to this recent topic.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:04 PM
 
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In Finland we do the shortest working week in the EU, on average 37.8 hours a week. And full time employees have a guaranteed 25 days a year of paid vacation, and additional 9 national holiday days a year. Same in Sweden.

The Germans and Danes have the longest vacations, around 40 days a year, but they work longer weeks.

So I'd say the best countries based on these factors are Finland, Sweden, France, The Netherlands and Italy.
I expected France having the shortest working week, or a lower number of working hours compared to Finland.

Is this something very recent for Finland having the shortest work week in the European union?

I wouldn’t generalize all of Europe or Asia having the same work/employment career mindset, how much time and effort average people have in work/employment, and to what level their overall lifestyle, either benefits, gets sacrificed, or damaged from the work/employment mindset. This really depends on exact country in each continental region.

For European continental region, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Netherlands have the work to live, leisure, relaxing, easygoing life.

However, UK/England, and some regions of Germany are definitely more workaholic, live to work, overly pretentious in work, overly competitive life, at least compared to most European countries.
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