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14/05/2012Average Dutch household increasingly prosperous
The average Dutch household has seen its disposable income rise by a quarter over the last three decades, says a report by Statistics Netherlands, CBS. In 2010, the disposable income for an average Dutch family was €33,200, which is 25% more than in 1977.
The Dutch statistics office report on prosperity in the Netherlands, published on Monday, was compiled to mark the 25th anniversary of Statistics Netherlands' income panel survey.
Rising prosperity has mirrored economic developments in the country and the report says purchasing power has risen almost continually for the past 25 years. However, the report also revealed that purchasing power fell by 0.5 percent in 2010. It was the largest decrease since 1985.
Unsurprisingly, the report said couples without children have the largest disposable incomes, followed by couples with adult children. Pensioners and single parent families, particularly those with young children, have the lowest incomes.
According to the CBS, the income gap in the Netherlands has remained stable for the past 10 years and is relatively small in comparison with other countries.
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