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March 21, 2022

Canadians among laziest people on the planet

We Canadians pride ourselves on being a hard-working bunch.

But, by global standards, it seems we're actually a bit lazy.

And things may even get worse, according to research from the Daily Beast, which ranks Canadians among the laziest people on the planet, eclipsed only by our indolent friends across the border.

Considering daily calorie intake and TV viewing habits as well as the percentage of the population that plays sports and surfs the Internet, North Americans are at the top of the heap when it comes time to do nothing.

Looking at those four categories, the U.S. was first in calories and watching the most TV – enough for the top spot. We come in right behind them, however, largely because we’re near the top of the list when it comes to Internet usage -- although maybe several months of winter has something to do with it. 

Belgium stood third while Turkey landed the fourth spot.

1. United States

2. Canada

3. Belgium

4. Turkey

5. Great Britain

6. Poland

7. Mexico

8. France

9. Germany

10. Portugal

The last in the survey was Switzerland since its people seem to spend the least amount of time in front of the TV of all the 24 countries listed.

Tell us what you think: Are Canadians really a bunch of slackers?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

James HaversJames Havers

James is the senior editor of MSN Money living in Toronto. He has worked for the Nikkei Shimbun (Tokyo),,, Canadian Business and other publications. Havers turned to journalism after teaching overseas.

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The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...