SINGAPORE (May 24): Achieving the coveted “work-life balance” does not necessarily stem from working fewer hours, a survey conducted by expat network InterNations finds.

Out of close to 13,000 expats from 188 countries and territories surveyed in the latest edition of the annual Expat Insider survey, it was found that the average full-time expat spends about 44.3 hours a week at work – with 60% and 61% of all respondents expressing satisfaction with their work-life balance and working hours, respectively.

The Czech Republic, for example, has emerged among the survey’s Top 10 Countries with a Great Work-Life Balance list despite having one of the longest average full-time working hours at 44.9.

75% of expats in the country are generally satisfied with their job, which InterNations says could possibly be due to respondents’ higher-than-average satisfaction with their career prospects (65% versus 53% globally) as well as job security (74% versus 57%) globally.

The Czech Republic nevertheless ranks fourth under Denmark at No.1, where expats surveyed have the shortest working week among the Top 10 list with average full-time working hours of 39.7.

Denmark was also found to have highly-educated expats, with close to half of its respondents (47%) having a master’s degree or the equivalent, and 12% holding a PhD at twice the global average of 6%.

Bahrain and Norway follow closely behind at second and third places, respectively, with expats in both countries clocking average full-time working hours of 42.9 –1.4 hours less than work at the global average of 44.3.

More than 70% of respondents for both Bahrain and Norway also believe they would make more in their countries of residences than they would in a similar job back home, compared to the global average of just 51%.

Other countries that have made it to the Top 10 list after Norway are, in descending order: New Zealand, Sweden, Costa Rica, The Netherlands, Oman, and Malta.

Singapore is ranked at No. 49 as among the countries with the “worst work-life balance” on InterNations’ list of 65 countries, although the city state is still considerably ahead of Japan at No. 65.