Norwegian men pitch in the most with housework and related
chores while Japanese men do the least in a survey released
by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) ahead of International Women's Day tomorrow.
In a comparison of statistics from most of the 34 OECD member
countries concerning how much time adults of each sex spend
on what the OECD calls "unpaid work", the organisation
concluded that "women are slowly closing the gap with men as
more have careers".
"But there is still a huge gender gap in unpaid work, clearly
showing that men are still struggling to lift much more than
a finger from time to time in some countries," the
Paris-based OECD said in a press release.
It said that Turkish women spend the most time of any country
in the survey doing unpaid chores such as housework or
shopping, clocking up 377 minutes a day, while their male
partners spend 116 minutes a day on such tasks.
Japanese men, who are the most unhelpful in this regard,
spend 62 minutes a day on unpaid chores while their spouses
devote almost 300 minutes a day.
And although Norwegian men spend 180 minutes a day doing
housework and the like, their female partners still spend
more time at it, putting in 210 minutes a day, the survey
On the flip side, the survey found that "northern Europeans
are the queens of leisure", with women in Norway spending
more time relaxing and entertaining than anyone else, at 367
minutes a day, followed by British women who spend 339
minutes a day.
The OECD said the data was taken from national time-use
surveys from 2005 onwards, based on representative samples of
up to 20,000 people.