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Greece Hardest-Working Country in Europe, Says Greece

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Last week, we talked about a small group of Greeks who had turned to an old-school trading system in the face of the economic crisis. Thanks to worries about an EU exit, barter economics grew increasingly popular in the Mediterranean nation.

Regardless of how they feel about their country’s economic future, many Greeks seem to be sure about one thing. According to recent data from the Pew Research Center, Greeks overwhelmingly view themselves as the hardest working people in Europe.

The rest of Europe disagrees.

As the Atlantic points out, in a survey of eight countries on whom in Europe works hardest, seven votes went to Germany. The lone holdout? Greece, which voted for itself.

Meanwhile, five of eight found Greece to be the least hardworking country. The Greeks again went against the pack and voted for Italy.

Interestingly enough, in total hours worked Greece comes in well ahead of the rest of Europe. However, working a ton of hours doesn’t necessarily mean “hardworking,” and inefficiencies in the Greek economy have made them a relatively unproductive country.

Other interesting results from Pew include the fact that all eight EU countries found Germany to be the least corrupt. Italy, with five votes, came in first for most corrupt.

The grand majority of countries surveyed, including the US, were unhappy with their country’s direction. Germany proved to be an exception there. Germany was also the only country with an optimistic view of its economic situation.

Perhaps more surprising is the growing belief in Europe that economic integration has made national economies worse. Going along with that, less people like and support the EU than did in 2009, according to the survey. Few people like the ECB either.

Still, the majority of people surveyed want to keep the Euro, including 71% of Greeks.

Most people, with the exception of Greeks, have a favorable opinion of Germany and of Chancellor Merkel. Few people outside of Greece have a favorable opinion of that country.

From the look of the data, it would seem that, while many people are increasingly dissatisfied with the EU, no one really wants to get rid of it. Other conclusions? Everyone, or almost everyone, is mad at Greece.
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