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Overview

CURRENCY
Czech Koruna (CZK)
WORKING HOURS
40 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
13 National Holidays
CAPITAL
Prague
LANGUAGE
Czech
REMOTE WORKERS
372,312
MINIMUM monthly SALARY
CZK 16,200
TAX YEAR
1 January - 31 December
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fines between CZK 50,000 and CZK 10,000,000, plus retroactive employment tax, health insurance, and social security contributions, including a duty of payment of overhead surcharges, related interests, and sanctions.
FUN FACT
The Czech Republic is one of the least religious countries in the world.

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CURRENCY
Chilean Peso (CLP)
WORKING HOURS
45 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
15 National Holidays
CAPITAL
Santiago
LANGUAGE
Spanish
REMOTE WORKERS
2,000,000
MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY
CLP 350,000
TAX YEAR
1 January - 31 December
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fines up to 500 UTM (USD 36,313/CLP 26,421,000) for not complying with the Labour Code, plus up to 30 UTM (USD 2,178/CLP 1,585,260) per misclassified employee and the transfer of the employee to the real employer as a permanent employee
FUN FACT
In 2020, a large majority (78%) of the population voted in favour of a new constitution (post-Pinochet dictatorship), which is being drafted at the moment

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CURRENCY
£ Pound Sterling / GBP
WORKING HOURS
40-48 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
8 days per year
CAPITAL
London
LANGUAGE
English
REMOTE WORKERS
4.2M
MINIMUM HOURLY SALARY
£9.50
TAX YEAR
6th April
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Unlimited fines for not being compliant
FUN FACT
165M cups of tea are consumed daily in the UK

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CURRENCY
(SGD) Singapore Dollar
WORKING HOURS
40-44 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
11 days per year
CAPITAL
Singapore
LANGUAGE
Malay, English Mandarin, Tamil
REMOTE WORKERS
1.2 million
MINIMUM HOURLY SALARY
No minimum wage
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fines of up to SGD 60,000 and 6-12 months of prison time, plus back payment of employee's entitlements
FUN FACT
Singapore is the least corrupt city in Asia, and the fifth least corrupt in the world.

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CURRENCY
€ Euro
WORKING HOURS
40 hours / week.
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
13 days per year
CAPITAL
Lisbon
LANGUAGE
Portuguese
REMOTE WORKERS
293,400
MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY
€822.50
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fines between €2,040 and €9,690 plus retroactive social security contribution and risk of director's personal liability for each employee misclassification.
FUN FACT
Portugal has a set list of approved names that parents can give their children.

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CURRENCY
Polish Złoty (zł)
WORKING HOURS
40 hours per week as standard
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
13 days per year
CAPITAL
Warsaw
LANGUAGE
Polish
REMOTE WORKERS
813,700
MINIMUM Monthly SALARY
3,010zł gross
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fine of 1,000zł to 30,000zł (€220 to €6,650) for violation of workers' rights, including misclassification
FUN FACT
Traditional Polish surnames change depending on gender.

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CURRENCY
NZ$ New Zealand Dollar
WORKING HOURS
40 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
11 days per year
CAPITAL
Wellington
LANGUAGE
English & Māori
REMOTE WORKERS
260,000
MINIMUM HOURLY SALARY
NZ$ 21.20
TAX YEAR
1st Apr - 31st Mar
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Misclassification fines include back-payments for PAYE, minimum wage, holiday and leave entitlements plus penalties starting at NZ$ 30,000. Directors and managers may be personally fined if involved.
FUN FACT
New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote and to introduce pensions for the elderly.

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CURRENCY
€ The Euro
WORKING HOURS
36-40hrs / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
8 days per year
CAPITAL
Amsterdam
LANGUAGE
Dutch
REMOTE WORKERS
1.25 million
MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY
€1,725
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Penalties include outstanding holiday payments, salary entitlements during sickness and pension dines by the Tax Authorities for not complying with the obligation to withold income tax and the national insurance contributions.
FUN FACT
The Netherlands has the highest number of part-time workers in the EU (4 out of 10 employees).

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CURRENCY
€ Euro
WORKING HOURS
40 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
14 days per year
CAPITAL
Vilnius
LANGUAGE
Lithuanian
REMOTE WORKERS
72,900
MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY
€730
TAX YEAR
January 1st - December 31st
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fines between €868 and €5,792 per misclassification plus back pay of wages and contributions covering the period of misclassification
FUN FACT
Over 50% of the population speak more than two languages

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CURRENCY
€ The Euro
WORKING HOURS
39-40 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
9 days per year
CAPITAL
Dublin
LANGUAGE
Irish & English
REMOTE WORKERS
216,000
MINIMUM HOURLY SALARY
€10.50
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Statutory rights, minumum wage, holiday pay, unpaid taxes, plus interest and penalties for employee misclassification.
FUN FACT
Over 80 million people around the world claim Irish heritage.

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CURRENCY
€ The Euro
WORKING HOURS
36-40 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
9 days per year
CAPITAL
Berlin
LANGUAGE
German
REMOTE WORKERS
9.9 million
MINIMUM HOURLY SALARY
€9.82 (will increase to €10.45 on July 1st and expected to rise to €12.00 by the end of 2022)
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fines between €30,000 - €500,000 plus up to 5 years imprisonment and personal liability for each employee's social contributions.
FUN FACT
There are over 300 different kinds of bread and 1,000 types of sausages in Germany.

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CURRENCY
€ The Euro
WORKING HOURS
35 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
11 days per year
CAPITAL
Paris
LANGUAGE
French
REMOTE WORKERS
4,766,000
MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY
€1,603.12
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fine of up to €45,000 for the company’s legal representative and a fine of up to €225,000 for the company as a legal entity for employee misclassification.
FUN FACT
France provides the second highest level of employment benefits in the world.

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CURRENCY
€ Euro
WORKING HOURS
40 hours / week.
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
12 days per year
CAPITAL
Talinn
LANGUAGE
Estonian
REMOTE WORKERS
123,000
MINIMUM Monthly SALARY
€654
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fines up to €32,000 for not registering a worker as an employee.
FUN FACT
Estonia is renowned for innovation in government systems, and they offer e-residency to citizens of other countries.

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CURRENCY
kr. Danish Krone / DKK
WORKING HOURS
37 hours / week. Regulated by collective agreements
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
11 days per year
CAPITAL
Copenhagen
LANGUAGE
Danish
REMOTE WORKERS
1.1 million
MINIMUM HOURLY SALARY
108 DKK
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Penalties range from DKK 10,000 to 20 weeks' salary to employees.
FUN FACT
UN's World Happiness Report ranks Denmark in second place (2020)

Overview

CURRENCY
Croatian Kuna (HRK)
WORKING HOURS
40 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
13 days per year
CAPITAL
Zagreb
LANGUAGE
Croatian
REMOTE WORKERS
77,490
MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY
HRK 4,687.50
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
HRK 20,000 per misclassified employee plus the possibility of having the business premises, devices, and equipment for work sealed by the labour inspector.
FUN FACT
The number of Croatians living in their home country is close to the number of expatriates — 4.2 million.

Overview

CURRENCY
$ Canadian Dollar (CAD)
WORKING HOURS
37.5 - 40 hours per week (average)
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
9 days per year
CAPITAL
Ottawa
LANGUAGE
English & French
REMOTE WORKERS
4.7 Million
MINIMUM HOURLY SALARY
CAD $11.81 - $16.00 depending on province / territory
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
MM / DD / YYYY and YYYY / MM / DD in Quebec
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Penalties for misclassification trigger a variety of statutory rights and benefits, such as minimum wage, overtime, paid vacation, pension and employment insurance contribution. Moreover, the back payments also include an interest of either 10% or 20%, depending on the severity and number of cases.
FUN FACT
Canada is ranked as the most educated country in the world—more than 50% of the population has a post-secondary education.

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CURRENCY
Brazilian Real (BRL)
WORKING HOURS
44 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
9 days per year
CAPITAL
Brasília
LANGUAGE
Portuguese
REMOTE WORKERS
7.3 million
MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY
 BRL 1,212
TAX YEAR
1st Jan - 31st Dec
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Fines of BRL 400,000 per employee, plus retroactive social security contribution, FGTS, and vacation with an interest of 75% to 225%.
FUN FACT
In Brazil, voting is mandatory; hence, the police cannot arrest or detain any voter five days before election and two days after the election.

Overview

CURRENCY
$ Australian Dollar
WORKING HOURS
38 hours / week
PUBLIC/BANK HOLIDAYS
8 days per year
CAPITAL
Canberra
LANGUAGE
English
REMOTE WORKERS
1,100,000
MINIMUM HOURLY SALARY
$20.33
TAX YEAR
1st Jul - 31st Jun
DATE FORMAT
DD / MM / YYYY
MISCLASSIFICATION PENALTIES
Misclassification fines of up to AU$54,000, plus AU$10,800 per manager involved in addition ot back-paying employee entitlements and interest.
FUN FACT
It would take more than 27 years to visit one new Aussie beach every day.
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