Do we really work the longest hours in Europe?

Comedian Dave Cohen was on the case in The Guardian last week, asking about our country’s working hours:

Everybody knows we Brits work the longest hours in Europe. We’ve read it so many times it must be true, mustn’t it?

I am a comedy writer and performer, not an investigative journalist. I once read an article by John Pilger and I used to cover meetings of Llantrisant village council for the Pontypridd Observer, although announcing the construction of a roundabout on Coedcae Lane was as close as I ever got to a scoop.

But in the course of making a documentary for the BBC about my shambolic efforts to try and bring some order into the everyday chaos of my life, I stumbled upon the truth: Brits do not work the longest hours in Europe. We don’t even come second. Or third. In fact, by almost every statistical definition, we’re barely average.

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