Where school children get the longest summer holidays in Europe

iNews are reporting that, as children across the UK hang up their satchels and forget homework until September, they may count themselves lucky.

But if they were aware of the summer lifestyles of their European counterparts, their smiles may be wiped off their faces.

While primary school children in the UK get six weeks of holiday, the same as those in Denmark and Germany, those in Italy receive more than double – and the most in the EU – at 13 weeks.

Children in Greece and Portugal enjoy 12 weeks of holiday, double that of the UK, while school children in Spain, Hungary and Finland receive 11 weeks.

Swedish primary schoolchildren receive 10 weeks of summer holiday, while France, Belgium and Ireland shut the school gates for nine weeks.

Information that may be best to be kept away from children – and primary school teachers.

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  1. And yet politicians keep telling us that shortening the school hols is essential to avoid a dip in learning after a break of just a few weeks.

  2. nickkearney

    You should perhaps factor in the half terms. Some of those other countries dont have the concept of half term

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