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Where in Europe do people rest the most and least, and why do employees in Germany rarely take vacations?

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Vacation is one of the best ways to reduce stress and improve mood. Source: freepik.com

Taking a vacation is one of the best ways to reduce stress and boost your mood. But a new study has found that some Europeans are suffering from severe "vacation deprivation" with around 80 percent of young people in some European countries believing they don't take enough vacations: the French, Germans, and British are among them.

The 24th Vacation Deprivation Report by travel booking site Expedia found that Generation Z is more deprived of vacations globally than any other generation. Germans had the largest year-on-year shift in vacation deprivation, with 14 percent fewer vacations than last year. This makes the Germans the most vacation-deprived people in the world at 84 percent, followed by the French at 82 percent and the British at 70 percent, EuroNews reports.

Where in Europe do people rest the most and least, and why do employees in Germany rarely take vacations?

For today's youngest workforce, the main factor holding them back from taking time off is FOMO – the fear of missing out.

While FOMO is not exclusive to any particular generation, it is most prevalent in Generation Z: one in two in the UK say they are afraid of losing something important at work when they are away, compared to just 16 percent of older generations.

About one in two Generation Zers in Germany say they fear that important decisions will be made without them at work or that their colleagues will be given priority during their vacation.

Another reason why Generation Z in the UK finds it difficult to take a vacation is guilt. Fifty-two percent feel guilty when colleagues cover their work while they are away, and 50 percent feel the need to apologize for taking annual leave.

Similarly, in Germany, 47 percent of Generation Z say they feel bad because colleagues have to take over their tasks while they are away. They also feel that they have to apologize for their vacation requests.

In France, 50 percent of young workers feel the need to apologize for taking time off, compared to 14 percent of older workers.

According to statistics, young Germans do not use their annual vacation in full – on average, they have 4-5 days left unused. For young French people, this figure is slightly lower – 3-4 days remain unused.

Among the British, 56 percent feel deprived of their vacation, which is 10 percent more than five years ago. Last year, almost one in five Britons lived a whole year without a vacation.

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