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Long work weeks in new EU members

THE WEEKLY work hours in some of the 10 EU acceding states are higher than in the 15 current EU member states.

According to the European statistics office, Eurostat, western Europeans work 41.4 hours on average, while most of the new member states post longer working weeks, the state-run news agency TASR wrote.

People in Latvia, for example, work the most hours per week among the new EU members - spending 43.8 hours in the workplace. Poland was second with 43.4 hours and the Czech Republic was third with 43.1 hours. Slovakia, however, was slightly below the EU15 average - posting a 41-hour working week on average.

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