Show Hide image 18 May 2012 Chart of the day: myth of the lazy Greek The typical Greek person works more hours per week when in full-time employment than someone from Germany or Spain. They retire later than Germans, and later than the OECD average. So why is there a conception that the Greek people are "lazy"? Alex Andreou's powerful piece examines, and hopefully buries, the stereotype. By Alex Hern Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.