I found this Forbes list rather interesting: http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/28/hardest-working-countries-lifestyle-realestate-hardest-working.html 8. Australia 8. United Kingdom 7. United States 6. Norway 5. Sweden 4. Canada 3. Denmark 2. Switzerland 2. New Zealand 1. Iceland Is it just a coincidence (and prejudice) that all of these are predominately Caucasian nations? Scandinavian countries also seem to dominate. Personally I think these countries are representative of the most financially developed welfare states (aside the U.S., Australia, and perhaps New Zealand). The study could be fairly biased and unscientific considering the list is derived from employment statistics of the mean population. There are factory workers in China and elsewhere throughout Southeast Asia where they put in 13 hr shifts. I assume agricultural workers were also not included. Doesn't seem logical that Japan and Germany are missing... two of the world's most productive economies. I would take the Japanese labor force over the American one any day.