Which European Country People Work the Longest Time in?

Duration of Working Life (Total) (years), 2015
Labour | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 31 countries in 2015, Iceland ranked the highest in Duration of Working Life (Total) with 46.6 years followed by Switzerland and Sweden. On the other end of the scale was Turkey with 28.0 years, Italy with 30.7 years and Macedonia with 31.2 years.

Data for more countries are available at Duration of Working Life (Total) indicator page.

Duration of Working Life (Total) Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Austria years ... ... ... ... ... 35.9 36.0 36.2 36.5 36.7
Cyprus years ... ... ... ... ... 36.8 36.9 36.6 36.3 36.3
Czech Republic years ... ... ... ... ... 33.9 33.9 33.9 34.3 34.7
Denmark years ... ... ... ... ... 39.8 39.4 39.5 39.3 39.0
Estonia years ... ... ... ... ... 35.8 35.8 36.0 36.2 36.5
Finland years ... ... ... ... ... 36.9 36.8 37.2 37.4 37.2
Germany years ... ... ... ... ... 36.6 36.8 37.4 37.5 37.8
Iceland years ... ... ... ... ... 44.3 44.6 44.4 44.4 45.5
Ireland years ... ... ... ... ... 34.7 34.3 34.1 34.1 34.6
Latvia years ... ... ... ... ... 35.0 34.5 34.3 35.0 34.8
Netherlands years ... ... ... ... ... 39.8 39.0 39.0 39.5 39.7
Norway years ... ... ... ... ... 39.7 39.5 39.3 39.6 39.5
Portugal years ... ... ... ... ... 36.8 36.9 36.9 36.9 36.6
Sweden years ... ... ... ... ... 39.8 40.0 40.3 40.6 40.9
Switzerland years ... ... ... ... ... 41.4 41.4 41.6 41.8 41.9