Working hours in the European Union

Walter Hinteler
Reply Sun 2 Aug, 2009 12:52 am
Thomas wrote:

That's not the case in Germany. The number of religious holidays in Germany varies by state -- but all states have two Christmas holidays off (December 25t and 26th), Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Whitmonday. Of course we have more secular holidays, too.

Ascension (of Jesus) is a public holiday in all German states, too - generally celebrated just and only as Father's Day - while Assumption of Mary is only a public holiday in one state plus in Catholic parts of Bavaria (but in some other European countries).
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Sun 2 Aug, 2009 12:54 am
@Green Witch,
Green Witch wrote:

I think Walter is using the term "holiday" to mean vacation time. Vacation time for Americans has been shrinking steadily over the years and work time has increased. In Europe it is the opposite.

Yes, I'm using the English term here.

Holiday/vacation time is generally regulated by labour law (with the minimums set by EU-law nowadays) and additionally by various tariffs.
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