paralysis of a country / William Recolons

The strange paralysis of an entire country for one month per year

In the United States most professionals enjoy two weeks of vacation per year. Curiously, It is only advanced economy in the world does not guarantee holiday annual paid. As for economic activity, There is no paralysis of a country whole, They make the holidays as suits them and their companies.

In Mexico, It has established a week of vacation per year, considering that Saturday work; so that then some say that there are not working. In Japan, enjoy ten days of paid annual leave per year, which can reach 20 over time. In China, like in Mexico, one week. Neither in Mexico nor in Japan, nor China is paralyzed nothing. Perhaps in Mexico you can find shops closed key Christmas day, National holidays, locales… little more.

On the other side, countries have more holidays offer workers: France and Finland, with long boring 30 days that followed can be taken 5 weeks. but attention, Nor it is paralyzed anything because everyone agreed the outlet so to avoid having to close down to shops, Companies within a month of the year.

Spain is different: in August paralysis of one country affects all, less the tourism sector

Spain offers 22 working days paid leave to the employees, that using weekends, become a whole month. That applies to workers employed. Autonomous enjoyed the incredible luxury of having… Zero days paid vacation!

Returning to the bulk of the labor market, that of employed persons, all agree to make the holidays in August, with some exceptions in July. In part the origin of this part of the exaggerated school holidays, no less than three months, between 15 June and 15 of September, forcing parents to choose holidays that peridodo, causing paralysis of a country whole.

Sundays, closed. August closed.

In addition to paralysis August, tourists visiting most of the Spanish cities on the weekend are another paralysis. Sunday everything is closed, so I rare exceptions (the center-center of Madrid, for example) it is impossible to shopping. That does not happen in other latitudes, where there is freedom of schedules.

But that does not only affect tourists, It affects all those who can not usually do shopping on weekdays. Your only option is Saturday morning.

crazy schedules, impossible to reconcile

Europe spindles times

Time zones in Europe. Source:

Another feature that stuns our visitors is our time zone.

Did you know that in mainland Spain governs the schedule Franco pact with Hitler and not corresponding to its meridian?

Crazy. Even though the Spanish democracy, dating from 1978, take longer 40 years old , no repeat, no one- has proposed returned to Spain the schedule that corresponds to be located in the Greenwich meridian, Pure GMT (and not GMT +1 of Berlin). Eye, The same applies to France.

In addition, offices in Spain not emptied before 19 a 20h (It is frowned upon by the bosses most miserable). And that's just the time when you dine in many nearby countries, like France, Netherland, Switzerland… So, in Spain when dinner is between 21:30 and 10:30h.PM. The prime time TV is not 20h or 21h to, It is at 23h. Of course, Many mornings wake up at 8am and go without breakfast just the job. Impossible to reconcile do not you think?

A utopian proposal to regain health (and sanity)

Like this post, for the day is published (Sunday) and the date (near August) you are going to see few people, Here I launched a proposal to recover the tone and avoid paralysis of a country and its bad image in the world.

  1. Retrieve the previous time the dictators Hitler and Franco, GMT, which he governs in the UK.
  2. Leave quiet daylight, no change dates in March and November.
  3. Forcing large public and private TV networks to advance their newscasts and programs to advance prime time (including football, We have come to see meetings start at 23h).
  4. Overtaking work schedules and synchronize them with school full to permit reconciliation.
  5. Forcing restaurants now open at 13:30 and 20:30h to do the 12:00 and 19:00hr, respectively, and to advance the closing times.
  6. Changing showtimes (who, theater…) and overtake.
  7. include more “white weeks” in schools during the course. Promote for by public companies and private vacation outside July and August to allow the children reconciliations.
  8. Liberalizing trade, and that each open doors and close when you give the holy wins.
  9. strongly penalize transport strikes coincide with holiday periods or congresses vital for the economy of a country (case airlines, taxis…)
  10. This I leave it to you: Come on, sure you have something interesting in mind: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

“Use your mentality. Wake up to reality”

Paraphrasing the song “I’ve got you under my skin” written by Cole Porter and popularized by Frank Sinatra, I use my mind, and wake up to reality. All the above is more than utopian. It will not happen, or at least I will not see. Today I read that the world tends toward conservatism politically. So goodbye reconciliation policies, of environmental protection, liberalization of trade, exports, collaborative economy. Come back. But dreaming is free. Perhaps soon I will not see as people do not face pasmo he stays when I say I get up at 6AM for sports… and I go to bed shortly after 22h. Good week, even if you contribute to the paralysis of a country (ah, and enjoy the pace of “the voice”).

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About me Guillem Recolons

Convinced that everything leaves a mark, I help companies to better connect with their stakeholders through personal branding programs (personal brand management) and employee advocacy (internal brand ambassadors programs).

Partner at Integra Personal Branding and Soymimarca, I also collaborate with Ponte en Valor, Brandergizers, MoreThanLaw, Noema Consulting, AdQualis Human Results and Quifer Consultores.

As lecturer, participated in the Graduate Social Media of UPF and UVic, in various programs at IESE and ISDI, among other. Advertising man, Master en Marketing. Grade student of Humanities.

My DNA comes from advertising 20 years in agencies: BBDO, J.W.T., Bassat Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi, Altraforma and TVLowCost among others.

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6 replies
  1. Joel Pinto
    Joel Pinto says:

    Hahaha… you are right, Guillem. Spain is different. And in so many ways. The thing is that the theme of paralysis in the summer is accompanied by that phrase “Make your August summer”, because it is then that we live in resort towns (like me) not only have to suffer the immense amount of people coming (hosting and transit) during these days, but also we observe helpless as businesses take advantage to inflate their prices astronomically.

    In other countries, these times of excessive and forced traffic, They are just used to lower prices and take advantage of people to buy more than usual. On this side of here, we do it the other way around.

    Finally… Spain is different. But find out you're not the only one who would like to see different things happen. Maybe if we push enough, we see.

    Does the strike of taxi drivers and airlines? I think an aberrant and demoralizing spectacle. Who would think to do something like that just as it does more harm to the country and, therefore, the people themselves?

    If I remember correctly, in one of the countries of the Far East, when workers wanted to protest about something, they did not annoyingly to strike, aware of all the damage that causes. They did so using a symbol as a sign of protest.

    Again, “Spain is different”… Happy summer!

    And I keep reading that, as I am self, I can not take vacations because otherwise, I do not charge.

    • Guillem Recolons
      Guillem Recolons says:

      So much different, so is, my friend! I live in tourist area deserves medal doubly autonomous bitched. Well, I hope you can at least move your workspace to a pretty lonely place mountain. Thanks for write, Joel!


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