Despite statistics that show Greeks are at work more hours than Germans, or nearly as much in other surveys, the stereotype that Greeks are lazy is hard to shake, but now the German newspaper Handelssblatt is trying to dispel that with an article that shows the Greek economic crisis is making people work even harder.
It cited research that German employees are not more hardworking than Greeks. First on the list of the most hardworking Europeans are Romanians with an average of 41.2 hours per week.
The data from the Europe’s Research Institute, Eiro, place Germans fourth with an average of 40.5 hours per week.
The article concludes with the following ascertainment: “In Greece of the crisis, the employees are obviously more hardworking than their reputation wants them to be. With 40 hours per week, they are placed in the middle of the list and above the European average of 39.6 hours per week.”