List of countries by time devoted to leisure and personal care

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This is a list of countries by time devote to leisure and personal care, as published by the OECD, an important component in measuring quality of life and the well-being of its citizens. This indicator measures the amount of hours per day that, on average, full-time employed people spend on leisure and on personal care activities.

Leisure includes a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities such as walking and hiking, sports, entertainment and cultural activities, socializing with friends and family, volunteering, taking a nap, playing games, watching television, using computers, recreational gardening, etc. Personal care activities include sleeping (but not taking a nap), eating and drinking, and other household or medical or personal services (hygiene, visits to the doctor, hairdresser, etc.) consumed by the respondent. Travel time related to personal care is also included. The information is generally collected through national Time Use Surveys, which involve respondents keeping a diary of their activities over one or several representative days for a given period.

The reference year is 2011 for Japan; 2010 for Canada, United States; 2009-10 for Estonia, Finland, New Zealand, Spain; 2009 for South Korea; 2008–09 for Austria, Italy; 2006 for Australia; 2005 for Belgium, the United Kingdom; 2003-04 for Poland; 2001-02 for Germany; 2001 for Denmark; 2000–01 for Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and 1998-99 for France.

Rank Country/Territory Hours spent on leisure and personal care[1]
1  Denmark 16.06
1  Spain 16.06
3  Belgium 15.71
4  Norway 15.56
5  Netherlands 15.44
6  France 15.33
7  Germany 15.31
8  Ireland 15.19
9  Luxembourg 15.12
10  Sweden 15.11
11  Hungary 15.04
12  Slovakia 14.99
13  Switzerland 14.98
13  Czech Republic 14.98
13  Italy 14.98
16  Brazil 14.97
16  Russia 14.97
18  Portugal 14.95
19  Japan 14.93
20  Greece 14.91
21  Estonia 14.90
22  Finland 14.89
23  New Zealand 14.87
24  United Kingdom 14.83
25  South Korea 14.63
26  Slovenia 14.62
27  Iceland 14.61
28  Israel 14.48
29  Austria 14.46
30  Australia 14.41
30  Chile 14.41
32  United States 14.27
33  Canada 14.25
34  Poland 14.20
35  Mexico 13.89
36  Turkey 13.42

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