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Marseille Named As Best French City For Work-Life Balance

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Images: sam71400/Getty/The city has a lot to offer, Marseille Named As Best French City For Work-Life Balance

France’s second largest city is one of the best places in the world for work-life balance according to a new study.

Marseille has been ranked second in the world for the work-life balance it offers. The results of a study by Holland and Barrett showed the Provençal city and capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department has an average of 31.48 working hours per week. This is just one hour more than first-placed Amsterdam.

Meanwhile London came sixth with a weekly average of 33.48 working hours.

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According to the study, Marseille also basks in 2,836 hours of sunshine each year. This is more than the Spanish city of Madrid which failed to make it into the top 10 for work-life balance. While Londoners can expect just 1,633 hours, making it the worst place in the top 10 to get your daily dose of vitamin D.

The Sunlight Cities Index

The Holland and Barrett study collected data for 210 cities around the world to produce The Sunlight Cities Index. This shows the best cities where inhabitants can spend the most amount of time in the sunshine to ensure they get the right amount of vitamin D.

Each city was given a score out of 100 after its assessment in four key areas. The first is for the average number of sunlight hours it gets each year. The second is for the average number of hours people spent working. This is to determine how much leisure time people have. The third is the number of free outdoor attractions that people have. This is to used to determine how easily people can get outdoors regardless of whether or not they have a garden. And the fourth is the average number of sleep hours people get.

Exploring Marseille Work-Life Balance Attraction

As France’s second largest city and with 57km of coastline there’s certainly plenty to see and do in Marseille according to complete France.

Now that Marseille is named as the best French city for Work-Life balance, those who have not explored the city with that eye should have another look.

For a starter, where should you go when you’ve logged off from work to make the most of your free time in the city’s plentiful sunshine? Give this a try, take a stroll around the colourful Vieux Port where sailing boats and super yachts line the harbour.

Explore Le Panier neighbourhood, the city’s oldest district, for old fashion views. There you’ll find sun-dappled squares to sit and enjoy an apéro while you soak up le soleil.

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Why A Work-Life Balance Scoreboard?

According to a Harvard Business School survey, 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week. And nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week.

“… when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged. Not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.”

The EU Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on Work-Life Balance (WLB). The EU WLB scoreboard cuts across three broad areas {paid work, unpaid work (care) and education and training}. These is presented with 15 indicators in six specific areas of concern.

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