Statutory holidays: 25
Public holidays: 13
Austria has among the highest number of public holidays in Europe with 13 days annually. Its capital, Vienna, also ranks as the world's best city to live in, according to a separate Mercer ranking.
Employees can work a maximum of five and half days per week and are entitled to 25 days of annual vacation after only nine months employment, according to the World Bank. Mothers are entitled to a maximum of two years' maternity leave, while fathers can also claim parental pay for up to 36 months, but not at the same time as the mother.
But some Austrians are worried about slipping living standards and decreasing worker benefits after the country dropped visa barriers to workers from countries that joined the EU in 2004 , namely Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, wants the country's borders to stay shut until living standards in the new EU members reach at least 80 percent of Austrian levels.