Countries with a 4 Day Work Week

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

More than 20 companies will take part in a 4 day work week trial

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

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

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

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

In addition to having one of the shortest work weeks in the world (34hrs), the largest trade union in Germany is campaigning for 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.

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

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.

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)

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

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

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

According to an OECD report, Switzerland has the 4th shortest average working week in the world (34.6hrs)

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

More than 30 companies will take part in a 4 day week pilot

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

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