Wealth of households; components of wealth

Wealth of households; components of wealth

Household characteristics Components of wealth Periods Number of private households (x 1 000) Total wealth (bn euros) Mean wealth (1 000 euros) Median wealth (1 000 euros)
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit Wealth 2020* 273.6 22.2 81.3 4.2
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1 Assets 2020* 273.6 34.4 125.9 6.4
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.1 Financial assets 2020* 261.4 6.7 25.8 3.7
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.1.1 Bank and savings credits 2020* 261.3 5.6 21.6 3.5
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.1.2 Securities 2020* 19.8 1.1 55.5 15.5
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.2 Real estate 2020* 88.5 25.4 287.0 246.6
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.2.1 Principal residence 2020* 86.5 23.8 274.9 244.5
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.2.2 Other real estate 2020* 9.7 1.6 163.9 111.6
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.3 Enterprise capital 2020* 14.3 0.5 37.1 6.1
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.4 Substantial interest 2020* 5.4 1.3 236.5 21.2
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 1.5 Other assets 2020* 5.7 0.5 87.0 30.7
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 2 Liabilities 2020* 171.0 12.2 71.3 18.1
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 2.1 Principal residence loans 2020* 75.6 10.3 136.0 120.5
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 2.2 Education loans 2020* 26.1 0.4 14.9 7.7
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 2.3 Other loans 2020* 121.5 1.5 12.6 1.5
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit Wealth excluding principal residence 2020* 272.7 8.7 32.0 2.4
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table shows the distribution of wealth of households. The figures in this table are broken down to components of wealth and different household characteristics.

Data available from: 2006.
The population consists of all private households with income on January 1st of the reporting year.

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2006 to 2019 are final. The figures for 2020 are preliminary.

The compilation of the figures has been changed in a number of parts from reporting year 2011 compared to previous years:
From 2011, more complete information on bank and saving credits and securities is available. All small amounts are also observed from that moment on. As a result, there are more households with these assets.
From 2011, more complete information on debts is available. Education loans and loans from banks are fully observed from that moment on. As a result, there are more households with other loans.

Changes as of 19 October 2021:
Figures for 2019 are finalized. Preliminary figures for 2020 are added.

Changes as of April 2021:
Revised data for 2006 to 2019 have been added.
Due to the availability of new sources and improvements in the methodology, wealth figures have been changed.

When will new figures be published?
New figures for 2021 will be published in the fall of 2022.

Description topics

Number of private households
Number of private households with a known income on January 1st of the reporting year.

A private household is a collection of one or more people who share the same living space and provide in their own everyday needs in a private, non-commercial way.
Total wealth
Total wealth of private households.
Mean wealth
Mean wealth of private households.
Median wealth
Median wealth of private households.

Ranking households according to their wealth, the median is equal to the wealth of the central household. Half of the households possess more wealth, the other half has less.