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).
Not everybody has it so great, however. India (12 days, 28 with holidays), China (10 days, 21 with holidays), Thailand (6 days, 22 with holidays), and the Philippines (5 days, 20 with holidays) are among countries that get a lot less vacation -- though still more than the US.
Oh, and just to add insult to injury, even Canadians get more time off, with 19 days of vacation, including holidays.
Check out the graph above and enlarge the map below to see how US vacation days compare to other parts of the world. Then, for your next vacation, book a one-way flight to Rio and consider relocating there permanently.