By comparison, American workers clocked in at an average of 1,797 hours per year, down 2% from 1,832 hours per worker per year in 1996. That ranks us #9 in the world. In other words, the average Korean works 560 hours per year more than the average American; 70 more 8-hour days, or 14 more 40-hour weeks.
For another comparison, a 40 hour work week adds up to 2,080 hours per year.
Here's the full top ten list (hours per worker per year):
- Korea (2,357)
- Greece (2,052)
- Czech Republic (1,997)
- Hungary (1,989)
- Poland (1,985)
- Turkey (1,918)
- Mexico (1,883)
- Italy (1,800)
- United States (1,797)
- Iceland (1,794)
The new Factbook 2008 from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) offers a host of other data on labor, productivity, public finance, environment, quality of life and more. The OECD "uses its wealth of information on a broad range of topics to help governments foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth and financial stability." It's made up of 30 member countries, and is one of the world's largest sources of comparable economic and social statistics.
This table shows how how all 30 OECD countries compare:
Korean worker photo: AP, via Daylife