Here is one reason why:
[snip:] According to a recent EU study, carried out by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, he is the rule. Swedish workers topped the European vacation rankings, entitled to an average of 33 paid vacations days in 2006 – close to 7 weeks, not counting public holidays.
The EU study showed that, compared with the Swedes’ entitlement of 33 days of paid vacation in 2006, Germans had 30, Italians had 28 and Estonians, who ranked last, had 20.
(These numbers include the statutory minimum paid leave, as well as days added by collective bargaining agreements, but not public holidays. Not all EU countries are included in the study, since the way of gathering data relating to vacations is different in a way that makes comparisons difficult.)
Even more strikingly, Americans had, on average, only nine days of paid vacation in 2006, according to a recent report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington. That discrepancy is, in large measure, because the United States has no statutory minimum of paid vacation days.
In case you missed why ‘Old europe rules forever and always, let me reiterate.
These numbers include the statutory minimum paid leave…
Yes, folks. It is LAW that you get a MINIMUM amount of paid vacation days. This applies to everyone from the time they are hired. None of that measly ‘Work 5 years to get 2 weeks vacation’ shit here.
So pack your bags, abandon your soon-to-be-foreclosed-upon homes, Leave Fred Phelps to do god’s work and head over to the Old country. I’ll buy you your first massbier and we’ll have a laugh and shed a tear. Then you can go on your (legally-enforced) vacation.