The US ranks among the top 10 countries with the least paid time off in the world — see the full list

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  • The US has the fewest paid leave days and the second-lowest number of paid vacation days in the world.

  • It's the only developed country in the world with no statutory paid leave.

  • Iran has the most public holidays in the world and the most paid vacation days overall.

With ten paid vacation days and zero paid leave days, the US — dubbed the "no-vacation nation" — has the world's least paid leave. It's also the only developed country with zero statutory paid leave, compared to the global average of 18.2 days.

DC council members introduced a paid family leave bill that would create the most progressive system in the country and serve as a model for other cities that might be interested in paid leave.
DC council members introduced a paid family leave bill that would create the most progressive system in the country and serve as a model for other cities that might be interested in paid leave.Getty Images

That's according to a report published by Resume.io, a career resource website that analyzed data collected in August.

"The United States' lack of paid vacation days negatively impacts work-life balance in many ways," Lotte van Rijswijk, a content team lead at Resume.io, told CNBC.

"Studies show that 50% of American workers are not taking vacation time. This lack of downtime could lead to burnout and stress — and in more severe cases depression and mental health conditions," van Rijswijk added.

Conversely, Iran offers the most paid vacation days — 27 public holidays and 26 paid leave days, per the report.

To compile the report, Resume.io reviewed data on laws governing annual statutory paid leave and paid public holidays in 197 countries. Countries were ranked based on the combined number of statutory paid leave days and paid public holidays per year, the report states.

Keep reading for a look at the ten countries globally that offer people the least paid time off, ranked in descending order. Rankings denoted with a "T" symbolize a tie. Paid leave refers to the statutory minimum time off an employee can book in a year. Vacation days are the combined total of paid leave days and paid public holidays.

Resume.io did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

T10. Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capita
Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capitaGetty Images

Paid leave days: 6

Paid public holidays: 11

Total paid vacation days: 17

T10. Philippines

Makati skyline at dusk, Manila, Philippines - stock photo
Makati skyline at dusk, Manila, Philippines - stock photoGetty Images

Paid leave days: 5

Paid public holidays: 12

Total paid vacation days: 17

T10. Taiwan

View on Beirut, Lebanon
View on Beirut, LebanonGetty Images

Paid leave days: 7

Paid public holidays: 10

Total paid vacation days: 17

7. China

Nanjing, Suzhou, China.
Nanjing, Suzhou, China.Fang Daqing/VCG/Getty Images

Paid leave days: 5

Paid public holidays: 11

Total paid vacation days: 16

6. Mexico

View of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico
View of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, MexicoGetty Images

Paid leave days: 6

Paid public holidays: 8

Total paid vacation days: 14

5. Kiribati

Kiribati
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Paid leave days: 0

Paid public holidays: 13

Total paid vacation days: 13

4. Palau

Palau
An aerial view of islands in Palau in this undated photo. Palau, a nation of sparsely populated Pacific islands surrounded by turquoise waters teeming with fish and giant clams, is so obscure most people must scour a map to find it.REUTERS/Jackson Henry

Paid leave days: 1

Paid public holidays: 11

Total paid vacation days: 12

T3. Nauru

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Paid leave days: 0

Paid public holidays: 10

Total paid vacation days: 10

T3. United States of America

Manhattan skyline from New Jersey at sunset, New York
Manhattan skyline from New Jersey at sunset, New YorkGetty Images

Paid leave days: 0

Paid public holidays: 10

Total paid vacation days: 10

1. Micronesia

Micronesia Ulithi children beach WWII tank
Children play on an abandoned US tank from World War II on Falalop Island in Micronesia's Ulithi atoll, April 22, 2018.De Agostini Editorial via Getty Images

Paid leave days: 0

Paid public holidays: 9

Total paid vacation days: 9

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