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British Women Have More Leisure Than Most In Europe

by | 6th, March 2014

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THIS is a fun little finding about how much leisure time people seem to have. It rather gives the lie to those complaints of ever greater working time that we hear so often :

It is a statistic likely to raise eyebrows in more than a few households but an international study has crowned British women among the “queens of leisure” of the western world.

A new comparison published by the OECD found that women in the UK have or at least admit to having more leisure time than their counterparts in any other EU country and second only to those in Norway among the world’s leading economies.

It claims that British women clock up an average of 339 minutes a day relaxing – almost 70 per cent more than those in Portugal enjoy and 61 per cent more leisure than Chinese women have.

Who would have thought it, eh? Especially when we’ve every damn columnist in the land demanding that we do something about the work life balance?

And here’s what has actually been happening. Women’s paid working hours, those going out to do a job, have increased over the past 50 years. The amount of work that has to be done in keeping a household together, the cleaning, cooking and all the rest, has decreased over the same time. The net effect has been that the total amount of work, that paid and unpaid,

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