Which country has the most public holidays?

October 1, 2014

If you live in the UAE - or anywhere in the GCC, for that matter - you'll most likely be gearing up for a long weekend to mark the Islamic festival of Eid Al Adha, beginning on Friday, October 3. As well as being a time of reflection and celebration for Muslims, the holiday will also come as a welcome break to most people working in the UAE, because, according to Mercer’s Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines, the country is the least generous with public holidays in the Middle East and Africa region, with just nine days per year. The stats, which were collected by local Mercer consultants around the world, show that although the UAE is the least generous in the region, European nations Hungary, the Netherlands and the UK all offer just eight days, while the worst public holiday allowance in the world is Mexico, as workers there get just seven days per year. Although the figures don't paint the whole picture of employment benefits in each country, as nations with fewer public holidays often have more statutory holiday allowances, and vice versa, they certainly make interesting reading. For those who are feeling aggrieved by their lack of public holiday days, here are the top five countries you should be especially jealous of:

5. Thailand

Thailand public holidays.

Holiday days: 16 Entitlements include: Songkran festival, April 13-16; Queen's birthday, August 12; King's birthday, December 5.

4. South Korea

South Korea public holidays.

Holiday days: 16 Entitlements include: Children's Day, May 5; Liberation Day, August 15; National Foundation Day, October 3.

3. Lebanon

Lebanon public holidays.

Holiday days: 16 Entitlements include: New Years Day, January 1; St Maroun's Day, February 9; Labour Day, May 1.

2. India

India public holidays.

Holiday days: 18 Entitlements include: Republic Day, January 26; Independence Day, August 15; Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, October 2.

1. Colombia

Colombia public holidays.

Holiday days: 18 Entitlements include: Labour Day, May 1; Declaration of Independence, July 20; Battle of Boyaca, August 7.

Are you happy with your public holidays? Let us know in the comments below.