Countries with a 4 Day Work Week

Although no country has fully adopted a 4 day work week, many of the countries below are experimenting with one or have a short average working week.

  • 1. Australia

    4 day work week pilot

    In total 26 companies took part in a 4 day work week trial

  • 2. Austria

    Short average workweek (36hrs)

    According to an OECD report, Austria has the 6th shortest average workweek in the world (35.5hrs)

  • 3. Belgium

    Right to work 4 days (compressed)

    Workers in Belgium now have the right to switch to a four-day week. However, the 4 day week is typically 4x10 hour days.

  • 4. Brazil

    Large 4 day week pilot

    In September 2023, Brazil embarked on a 9-month trial of the 4-day workweek as a part of a collaborative effort

  • 5. Canada

    Large 4 day week pilot

    Dozens of companies in Canada are experimenting with a 4 day work week as part of the 4 Day Week Global pilot.

  • 6. Denmark

    Short average workweek (33hrs)

    According to an OECD report, Denmark has the 2nd shortest average workweek in the world (33hrs)

  • 7. France

    4 day week pilot + 35hr workweek

    In 2024, France's first national 4 day week pilot launched, improving on their 35hr / week legally mandated workweek.

  • 8. Germany

    4 day week campaigns

    In total 45 companies took part in a 4 day work week pilot

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  • 9. Iceland

    Public sector have a 4 day work week

    The largest pilot of a 4 day work week (35-36hrs) took place in Iceland with 2.5k people taking part in the study.

  • 10. Ireland

    Large 4 day week pilot

    Seventeen Irish businesses are trialing a 4 day work week for 6 months between June & December 2022

  • 11. Japan

    Government 4 day week recommendation

    The Japanese government released their annual economic policy in 2021 which recommended that companies let staff work 4 days per week, instead of the usual 5.

  • 12. Netherlands

    Short average workweek (29hrs)

    In the Netherlands, citizens now have the right to go part time in their job unless there is "substantial business reason" justifying why they cannot. As a result workers in the Netherlands have the shortest average working week in the world (29hrs)

  • 13. New Zealand

    Large 4 day week pilot

    In total 26 organizations took part in a 4 day work week trial

  • 14. Norway

    Short average workweek (34hrs)

    According to an OECD report, Norway has the 3rd shortest average working week in the world (33.6hrs).

  • 15. Portugal

    4 day work week pilot

    In total 41 companies took part in a 4 day work week trial

  • 16. Scotland

    Government 4 day week pilot

    The Scottish Government has pledged £10 million to help private companies pilot a 4 day work week.

  • 17. South Africa

    Large 4 day week pilot

    Starting in 2023, various companies in South Africa will be piloting a 4 day week with no loss in pay

  • 18. Spain

    Government 4 day week pilot

    The Spanish government has proposed a €50m project to help companies trial a 4 day work week with minimal risk.

  • 19. Sweden

    Large 4 day week pilot

    A number of companies in Sweden are set to pilot a 4 day week in 2024.

  • 20. Switzerland

    Large 4 day week pilot + short workweek (35hrs)

    In 2024, various Swiss companies are set to pilot a 4 day week. Additionally, Switzerland has the 4th shortest average working week in the world (34.6hrs)

  • 21. UK

    Large 4 day week pilot

    Over 3,000 staff at 60 UK businesses trialed a 4 day work week for 6 months between June & December 2022

  • 22. USA

    4 day work week pilot

    More than 30 companies took part in a 4 day week pilot

  • 23. United Arab Emirates

    Government 4.5 day work week

    The UAE has shortened its workweek for all government employees, allowing staff to have a half day on a Friday.

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