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Hardest-working nations

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10 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 19 May 2012

Earlier in the year we looked at who worked harder – the Greeks or the Germans – and found to the surprise of some that on all measures the Greeks put in more hours than the Germans.

But the Germans are more efficient.

That got us thinking: what about other international comparisons?

Who works the longest hours in the world?

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