Dutch in foreign countries live longer
Immigrants abroad with full pension benefits add years to life.
23 October 2006
AMSTERDAM - Pensioned Dutch who spend their golden years abroad live on average a year and a half longer than the elderly who remain in the Netherlands. That was made known Monday by the Social Insurance Bank (SVB).
Also the amount of the AOW state social security benefits has a large influence on their life expectancy. People with a complete benefit live both in and out of a foreign country approximately five years longer than people with an incomplete benefit.
Seniors who live abroad with a complete AOW benefit live on average to 83.3 years old compared with 81.6 years in the Netherlands.
Pensioned persons with a smaller AOW benefit who live abroad become 78.6 year, on average two years older than people with a small pension in the Netherlands.
For the research only the AOW has been looked at and not possible additional pensions. At present more than 2.1 million Dutch receive a complete AOW benefit.
In order to qualify for that, someone must have lived as long as fifty years in the Netherlands, between the age of 15 and 65 years. Some 400.000 Dutch receive an incomplete benefit because they do not satisfy this requirement.
From SVB statistics it becomes clear that Dutch that live the longest live in Canada. They become some months older than old age pensioners who have settled in other popular destinations, such as the United States, Australia, Spain or France.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news