Holiday habits of the EU: Who does it best?

UK citizens are entitled to 28 days paid leave each year, putting us top of the European leaderboard when it comes to time off. But who actually takes the most holidays?

With statistics showing that France and Germany make more international trips than many European countries combined each year, which is really the most rested nation in Europe, and how are they spending their time?

While Luxembourgers and Belgians spend substantial amounts on their holidays abroad, the British like a bargain. One in five UK citizens surveyed by ABTA earlier this year said they planned to make their next holiday an all-inclusive package deal, which may be why our average holiday spend per person works out as less than half that of many of our continental friends.

Ian Crawford of Holiday Hypermarket said: “British people have always been bargain hunters. All-inclusive holidays are something that people in the UK are looking for all year round, making sure they get the most for their money.”

Despite having far fewer days of public holiday than our European counterparts – eight a year compared to Finland’s 15 and Spain’s 14 – the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are treated to an impressive 28 days paid annual leave to play with. This beats the 25 that France receive, and pips Germany’s 20 by a mile, but it isn’t stopping our neighbours from spending more time unwinding than we do.
Country Public Holidays Overall holidays Holiday spending Trips abroad taken per year (approx.)
Germany 9 20 74 Billion GBP 75 Million
UK 8 28 47 Billion GBP 66 Million
France 11 25 40 Billion GBP 34 Million

Crawford added: “German holidaymakers spend the most on tourism and often take three or more trips annually, while British tourists tend to treat holidays as more of an event, heading abroad once or twice each year.”

But with package holidays getting more and more affordable, is it possible we could pip them to the post in 2017?
“The UK are hot on Germany’s heels when it comes to taking time off. “Now that a week’s all-inclusive holiday can cost you less than £200, British travellers are more and more frequently starting to go abroad multiple times in a year.”
While the percentage of the population travelling is about equal for the UK and Germany – in each instance, around 77% of people took a holiday last year – Germans not only travel more often, but also for longer periods of time.
Ranking by statutory minimum
Region
Overall statutory holidays
Public holidays
Ranking by statutory minimum
Region
Overall statutory holidays
Public holidays
1
UK
28
8
15
Lithuania
20
13
1
Estonia
28
11
15
Slovenia
20
13
3
Poland
26
13
15
Latvia
20
12
4
Finland
25
15
15
Czech Republic
20
12
4
Austria
25
12
15
Italy
20
11
4
Greece
25
12
15
Belgium
20
10
4
France
25
11
15
Germany
20
9
4
Sweden
25
11
15
Ireland
20
9
4
Luxembourg
25
10
15
Switzerland
20
9
4
Denmark
25
9
15
Romania
20
9
11
Malta
24
14
15
Netherlands
20
8
12
Hungary
23
10
13
Spain
22
14
13
Portugal
22
13
15
Cyprus
20
15

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