Top 5 countries where people work the longest hours

Americans might like to think of themselves as the world's hardest workers, but a new report ranks them ninth in terms of working hours when placed alongside 28 nations, including China, India, and South Africa. Here's a quick glance at the longest-working nations.

1. Mexico: 9 hours, 54 minutes

Total minutes worked per day: 594

Total unpaid minutes worked per day: 253

Total paid minutes worked per day: 342

Mexicans work more than any other people worldwide. "Mexico's undeserved stereotype for indolence is finally being chipped away," says the Monitor's bureau chief in Mexico City, Sara Miller Llana. "Don’t buy it? Then I can offer an arsenal of anecdotal evidence, starting with myself. Years ago when I was living in Boston, a phone call after 11 p.m. was likely a friend just back from a first date. Now, as a reporter based in Mexico City, when my phone rings at that hour I assume it is Los Pinos, the White House of Mexico."

Every day, Mexicans work nearly 3 hours longer every day than Belgians and more than 1-1/2 hours longer a day than Americans, according to the OECD study. Perhaps just as striking, Mexican women perform 4 hours and 21 minutes more unpaid work than Mexican men every day. That's the biggest gap in unpaid work time between women and men in the OECD, where the average gap is 2 hours and 28 minutes.

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