The World Cup in Brazil is proving to be a boost for country pride but could be attributed to all the time off workers are getting.

Brazil normally has nine national holidays a year with seven optional holidays that workers get the day off for.  But, with the World Cup workers are now also getting the afternoon off for every game that team Brazil plays.

The story gets sweeter for workers in any of the host cities which offer the day off for every game played.  The generosity is felt most in the northern Brazil city of Salvador which is hosting numerous World Cup games.  From June 12th to July 2nd there will only be four full working days.

Couple the World Cup vacation days with the normal state and municipal holidays and American workers, with their low number of vacation days and high average hours worked per year, have plenty to be jealous about.