According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the average German worker put in 1,429 hours on the job in 2008. The average Greek worker put in 2,120 hours. In Spain, the average worker puts in 1,647 hours. In Italy, 1,802. The Dutch, by contrast, outdo even their Teutonic brethren in laziness, working a staggeringly low 1,389 hours per year.
The key sleight of hand that you’re supposed to miss is that these oh-so-politically-correct statistics focus on workers not citizens.
Let’s look at how many Greeks, Italians and Spaniards actually work compared to Dutch and Germans. The figures for the Greeks, Italians and Spaniards are: 59.6%, 56.9% and 58.6%, respectively. The figures for the Netherlands and Germany are: 74.7% and 71.1%.
So, while it’s true that the average Italian worker works more than the average German, it’s also true that the average Italian almost doesn’t work. In other words, the most productive 56.9% of Italians are, on average, more productive than the most productive 71.1% of Germans. Apparently, we’re supposed to consider this a win for Italy.
Interestingly, women in the Netherlands and Germany work at a much higher rate than women in Greece, Italy and Spain. So another thing that the politically correct stats might demonstrate is that Italian, Greek and Spanish men work harder than German and Dutch women.
This concludes today’s edition of "your racist uncle was right."