Statutory holidays: 26
Public holidays: 11
Poland is the only eastern European country to make the list of countries with the best holiday entitlements.
Workers are entitled to 20 days' annual leave after nine months of employment and receive 26 days after working for 10 years. Despite these benefits, many Polish workers are drawn to western Europe, where wages are higher.
After the EU's expansion in 2004, an estimated 1 million people from eastern Europe moved to Britain, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research, a British think tank. But with Poland's unemployment rate at 11.8 percent in October, compared with above 20 percent seven years ago, and estimated GDP growth of 4 percent for 2011, many organizations and scholars argue that the migrants are now returning to the ex-communist state.
Government data show that remittances from Poles living in Germany reached $1.5 billion in 2010, whereas British-based Poles sent home more than $1.05 billion. Total remittances from Poles living abroad last year reached over $22 billion.