The European workers who work the longest hours

The people of Greece stuck a figurative two fingers up at the country's eurozone creditors in January by electing the anti-austerity Syriza party.

While the Greek economy has struggled to revive after the 2008 financial crisis, the below chart from Statista shows the country's workers have been toiling for longer than any of their EU comrades.

Perhaps it is therefore understandable that they no longer wanted to be punished by cuts to public spending imposed by the troika - European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Interestingly, those in Portugal and Spain - two other country's contending with economic crises - were not far behind.

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