(Sorry in advance if this article is a re-post)
I found this article a while back questioning whether or not the Greek stereotypes (lazy and greedy) were true. Eurostat puts the average age of retirement for Greeks at 57.8 years of age, earlier than the average European country, but only by a small margin (ranges from Slovenia: 56.6 to Sweden: 63.6). The most interesting data point presented by this article from the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development, would be that the Greeks work the longest hours in Europe at 42 hours a week. While these numbers don’t excuse the Greeks from the idea that the country has been living beyond its means, it questions the validity of the negative labels it has received.
“Using simple and erroneous explanations to single out scapegoats does not bode well for the future or for the EU”