In Europe, things are almost universally better, as employees are legally required to take a minimum number of vacation days. That's right: There's a law that says people need to go on vacation. In the US, there's nothing.
According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research's "No-Vacation National Revisited" report from 2013, Austria has it the best of any European nation, with 25 vacation days, plus 13 holidays. Yep, 38 days! And in Finland, employees get a whopping 30 days off after just one year of service.
Effectively, while there's plenty of work to be had in the US, there's not really a ton of leisure time.
Other countries with a generous amount of vacation days include France (30 days, 31 with holidays); Bolivia (27 days, 37 holidays), Sweden and Luxembourg (which both get 25 days, and 36 with holidays).