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11/15/2012 01:28 pm ET Updated Nov 15, 2012

Most Vacation-Deprived Countries Named By Expedia (PHOTOS)

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It's well known that American workers take some of the fewest vacation days, but at least we aren't as vacation deprived as those in Asia.

According to Expedia's 2012 Vacation Deprivation survey, Asian workers continue to take the fewest vacation days annually, with those in Japan being the most deprived, taking only five of the median 13 days off offered each year.

Americans, though, still sit in the "vacation-deprived" category, taking 10 of a possible 12-14 vacation days. And, that's down from last year when they reported taking 12 out of 14 possible days off.

Unsurprisingly, the list of most vacations taken was topped by countries in Europe, where workers have between 25 and 30 days of vacation, plus state and religious holidays. In France and Spain (and also Brazil) the full 30 days are taken, whereas in Germany only 28 out of 30 days are used. By comparison, Brits, Swedes and Norwegians are only offered 25 days, but they use them all. Surprisingly, Italian workers are among those who leave the most days unused, foregoing eight vacation days.

So why aren't people taking their vacation days? The survey showed that “coordination with family and friends” was the biggest hindrance to taking time off, as was the option to roll over days to the next year. Other reasons include monetary concerns and bosses who are not supportive.

To see which countries are vacation-deprived and which are vacation-rich, check out the slideshow below. For the full view of how the countries compare, check out all the survey results at Expedia's website.

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Vacation Deprivation by Country
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