A recent report has suggested the working week should be cut to 21 hours in order to help boost the economy.
The New Economics foundation has claimed the reduced working week would help to ease unemployment while simultaneously cutting down on the culture of overwork prevelent in the UK today.
British workers put in some of the longest hours in the EU, with only Romanians and Bulgarians clocking up longer working weeks.
Those in full-time jobs average 41.4 hours a week, one and a half hours more than the EU average. British workers also enjoy marginally less annual leave than the typical EU worker.
Living up to stereotype, the French and Italians work the fewest hours, with an average of 37.7 and 38.4 hours respectively, per week.
The foundation's policy director Andrew Simms says: "A cultural shift will throw up real challenges, but there could also be massive benefits for our economy, our quality of life and our planet.
"After all, hands up who wouldn't like a four day weekend?"
Longest working hours in Europe
Bulgaria - 41.7
Romania - 41.7
UK - 41.4
Czech Republic - 41.2
Austria - 41.1
Shortest working hours in Europe
France - 37.7
Italy - 38.4
Denmark - 38.6
Portugal - 38.8
Belgium - 38.8
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