Top 10 Nations That Work The Hardest

10. Slovak republic, 1786 hours per annum

Following a 50 year period under the communist rule of the Soviet Union, Slovakians remain hard working, motivated to build the economy of their nation after it achieved independence. Unemployment peaked at 19% back in 1999 and the recession has recently raised unemployment once more to 13.9% – however, those who are employed work long hours. Electrical engineering and car manufacture form the central industry sectors, employing thousands of workers. In addition, Slovakia has capitalised on its central position within Europe to become a trading hub. However, although they may display an impressive work-ethic, Slovakian workers often lack job security. Companies frequently use agencies to employ minimum-wage staff, as workers can be employed on short term contracts of weeks (or even days) allowing easy dismissal without notice. Recently Foxconn was criticised for its treatment of Slovakian workers after it dismissed hundreds of long-term employees.
10. Slovak republic, 1786 hours per annum