French people spend most of their spare time either eating, shopping or sleeping, according to a survey done by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The average French person sleeps approximately 8.5 hours of every night, which is the highest among the 34 member countries surveyed.Know More
A typical French person also spends more than 2 hours on average eating and drinking. However, only an average of 48 minutes is spent every day on cooking by the French. According to a 2011 survey, the French spent less time in the kitchen when compared to the OECD average.
French people make up for less time spent in the kitchen by going to the shops. An average French person spends 32 minutes shopping on a daily basis. Other OECD countries that come close to the French shopping time are Germany and Canada with 31 and 30 minutes respectively.
The amount of time spent by the French on leisurely activities helps give the country's population a life expectancy that ranks second in the OECD. The French government also spends the most on social protection among OECD countries, with approximately 28 percent of its GDP dedicated to it.
Only 31 percent of the French spend their leisure time doing either volunteer work or helping strangers, according to the OECD survey.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
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