The Telegraph reminds us that when it comes to granting paid holidays the countries of the world are very different:
The attitude of the Americans, who take an average of just 16 annual holiday days, including public holidays, differs greatly with that of some European nations. The Italians, for instance, take an average of 42 days, while the Germans take 35 days. The average in Britain is 28 days and the French take 37 days.
Update: This is also relevant to the debate over life/work balance.