Just threw it up for discussion...
yeah, but it's a sweeping statement by any measure.
The European Union's working time directive imposes a 48 hour maximum working week. that applies to every member state except the United Kingdom (which has an opt-out meaning that UK-based employees may work longer than 48 hours if they wish, but they cannot be forced to do so). France has enacted a 35-hour workweek by law, and similar results have been produced in other countries such as Germany through collective bargaining.
Do people bend this law? of course some do especially if the work is seasonal, a roofer is just not going to be working on top of a roof, in minus 30, in two metres of snow. I find people here work much earlier and go home much earlier than in Ireland.
Most bureaucrats work from 6 till 2 and I think most offices work 7:00-15:00, while banks still take the ****, my local opens at 10, I mean come on.... I was told that people here work and finish earlier so
they can have quality time with their families or tend to their allotments. But these are just my observations, maybe someone could find an article on the internet that says the opposite :)