Bar-line chart comparing length of work week and year for Western European countries

The bar-line chart below compares the length of the work year in working hours (bar) and work week (line) for several Western European countries in 2014. In addition, a data row is used to compare the number of work weeks in a year.

Bar-line chart showing yearly working hours across several Western European countries

Bar-line chart showing yearly working hours across several Western European countries

Germany has a relatively typical work week length but has the short work year and therefore the fewest number of working weeks. The Netherlands have the shortest working week but a number of working weeks above the average.

The bar-line chart allows us to plot two separate but connected values. Two axes are used to take the different dimensions of yearly and weekly hours into account. The axes were set such that the bars and line do not run into each other making therefore the series stand out clearly. This was achieved by setting a specific axis maximum value. We also rotated this chart to help make the country labels easier to read.

 

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