Marseille named as best French city for work-life balance

PUBLISHED: 10:28 29 October 2020

The city of Marseille has a lot to offer ©sam71400 Getty Images

The city of Marseille has a lot to offer ©sam71400 Getty Images

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France’s second largest city is one of the best places in the world for work-life balance according to a new study

Marseille has been ranked second in the world for the work-life balance it offers. The results of a study by Holland and Barrett showed the Provençal city and capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department has an average of 31.48 working hours per week, just one hour more than first-placed Amsterdam. Meanwhile London came sixth with a weekly average of 33.48 working hours. According to the study, Marseille also basks in 2,836 hours of sunshine each year, more than the Spanish city of Madrid which failed to make it into the top 10 for work-life balance, while Londoners can expect just 1,633 hours, making it the worst place in the top 10 to get your daily dose of vitamin D.

Take a stroll around the colourful Vieux Port ©Andrei Vasilev Getty ImagesTake a stroll around the colourful Vieux Port ©Andrei Vasilev Getty Images

The Holland and Barrett study collected data for 210 cities around the world to produce The Sunlight Cities Index, which shows the best cities where inhabitants can spend the most amount of time in the sunshine to ensure they get the right amount of vitamin D. Each city was given a score out of 100 for the average number of sunlight hours it gets each year, the average number of hours spent working to determine how much leisure time people have, the number of free outdoor attractions to determine how easily people can get outdoors regardless of whether or not they have a garden, and the average number of sleep hours.

Fresh seafood is in plentiful supply in Marseille ©Getty ImagesFresh seafood is in plentiful supply in Marseille ©Getty Images

As France’s second largest city and with 57km of coastline there’s certainly plenty to see and do in Marseille. So, where should you go when you’ve logged off from work to make the most of your free time in the city’s plentiful sunshine? Take a stroll around the colourful Vieux Port where sailing boats and super yachts line the harbour, or explore Le Panier neighbourhood, the city’s oldest district where you’ll find sun-dappled squares to sit and enjoy an apéro while you soak up le soleil.

The Calanques National Park is within easy reach of Marseille ©rahan1991 Getty ImagesThe Calanques National Park is within easy reach of Marseille ©rahan1991 Getty Images

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