View Full Version : It's official- Greeks work 700 hours per year more than Germans

20-02-2012, 08:33 AM
The character assasination of the Greek people has continued unabated in the Western 'media'. Accusations of laziness, casual racism, corruption as a way of life, and feckless chancers living it up on cash provided by hard-working, long suffering German citizens, abound in our press. Unsurprisingly, this recent report was not given much coverage- after all, it would hardly do to publicise the release of figures showing that stereotypes which sell papers are wrong. Gene Kerrigan summed this up perfectly in his piece yesterday in the Sunday Independent

A lot of dodgy stuff went on in Greece. There was the massive tax evasion by the comfortable classes. And the authorities looked on complacently -- indeed, it was the country's wealthiest, most powerful people who indulged in criminality.

In this country in the Eighties and Nineties, our own comfortable classes did the same, at the expense of the rest of us. It was known about at a political level, from Taoiseach Haughey downwards. It was known in Revenue, in boardrooms and in the banks -- hell, the banks arranged it, the largest example of organised crime in the history of the State.

Of course, the Greek government deliberately misled the EU about its finances. Quite wrong of them. We can be sure that our government would never deceive its EU masters. But again and again our leaders have been caught misleading us.

That number at the beginning, 2,109 -- that's the average number of hours Greeks worked in 2010. And 1,419 -- that's the Germans. We in Ireland clocked up an average of

1,664 hours. So, the accusations that the Greeks are lazy, that they've been swaying in a hammock while the rest of us sweated in a workshop, are just not true.

OECD figures say they work the longest hours per week, apart from the Koreans. Other countries are richer because of historical accumulation and technology.

C. Flower
20-02-2012, 09:02 AM
It needed saying.

Greece was also devastated in WW2 the way Germany was, but did not get anything like the same investment after it. And it has carried a massive defence bill.

20-02-2012, 09:11 AM
"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story."

20-02-2012, 03:41 PM