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Spain: Adios Siesta

Seit Jahrhunderten halten die Spanier Siesta. Aber das Nickerchen nach dem Mittagessen ist gerade in Zeiten der Krise in Verruf geraten. Um mehr Geld zu verdienen, sollen die Spanier in Zukunft durcharbeiten.

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Industry is eager to cut down on longer, unproductive working hours. For retailers, the idea would be to improve business with tourists by keeping their stores open all day. In those regions where summer temperatures often reach 40 degrees Celsius in the shade, however, early-afternoon shopping is not a priority. At the same time visitors from abroad may be disappointed to see the end of a phenomenon as traditional as the siesta.