Income and spending

Income and spending

480 million euros spent in foreign EU webshops in Q1

In Q1 2020, Dutch consumers purchased 480 million euros worth of products from foreign EU webshops. This is 18.8 percent more than in Q2 2019, when they spent 404 billion euros

Household spending almost 13 percent down in May

Consumers spent 12.8 percent less in May 2020 than one year previously. This is the second sharpest contraction in domestic household consumption CBS has ever recorded.

Supplemental survey: Consumer confidence hardly changed

The supplemental measurement indicates that consumer confidence hardly changed throughout the month of June.

Unprecedented decline in household consumption in April

Consumers spent 17.4 percent less in April 2020 than one year previously. This is the sharpest contraction in domestic household consumption CBS has ever recorded.

Supplemental survey: Consumer confidence improves slightly

This supplemental survey indicates a slightly improved consumer confidence over the month of May.

Biggest contraction ever in household consumption

Consumers spent 6.7 percent less in March 2020 than one year previously. This is the sharpest contraction in domestic household consumption CBS has ever recorded.

Supplemental survey: Decline in consumer confidence continues

This supplemental survey indicates sustained decline in consumer confidence over the month of April.

More spending power for Statia’s low-income groups in 2018

St Eustatius once again recorded a rise in consumer purchasing power in 2018. The median increase was 2 percent relative to 2017.

Household spending 1.1 percent up in February

Dutch consumers spent 1.1 percent more in February 2020 than in February 2019.

Historic drop in consumer confidence

Consumer confidence has plummeted in April on account of the COVID-19 crisis.

Consumer confidence remains the same in March

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator stands at -2 in March. The effect of the measures against the spread of coronavirus is probably not yet reflected in the consumer confidence measurements for March.

Household spending 1 percent up in January

Dutch consumers spent 1.0 percent more in January 2020 than in January 2019.

Consumer confidence hardly changed

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator stands at -2 in February, up from -3 in January. Opinions on the economic climate improve marginally, while consumers’ willingness to buy remains more or less the same.

Consumer confidence hardly changed

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator stands at -3 in January.Both opinions on the economic climate and consumers’ willingness to buy remain more or less the same.

Dutch young elderly relatively rich and active

In 2018, 13 percent of the Dutch population were between 55 and 65 years of age, similar to the EU average. These young elderly persons have relatively high incomes, attain high levels of workforce participation and are highly involved in volunteer work.

Consumer confidence unchanged

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator stands at -2 in December, the same as in November.

Child poverty stable in 2018, less long-term poverty

Last year, 264 thousand minors in the Netherlands were living in low-income families, the same number as the year before.

Consumer confidence again hardly changed

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator stands at -2 in November, down from -1 in October.

Consumer confidence hardly changes

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator stands at -1 in October, up from -1 in September.

More students taking out higher student loans

In 2019, the total amount borrowed by former and current students in the Netherlands stood at 19.3 billion euros, i.e. 1.9 billion more than in the previous year. Total student debt is increasing every year.

Consumers negative again

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator stands at -2 in September, down from 0 in August.

More purchasing power for low-income groups on Statia

Purchasing power in the Caribbean Netherlands rose once again in 2017. The median increase was highest for the inhabitants of St Eustatius at 2.6 percent.

No further decline in consumer confidence

Consumer confidence has not dropped further in April after eight consecutive months of decline.

Household spending nearly 1 percent up in February

Dutch household consumption was almost 1 percent up in February 2019 on February 2018.

Consumer confidence further down

The mood among Dutch consumers in March 2019 is more negative for the eighth consecutive month. Opinions of Dutch consumers on the economic climate are more negative. Willingness to buy has also deteriorated slightly.

Consumer mood negative for the first time in 4 years

For the first time since March 2015, the mood among Dutch consumers is negative. Opinions of Dutch consumers on the economic climate as well as their willingness to buy have deteriorated slightly.

Household consumption over 2 percent up in December

Dutch household consumption was over 2 percent up in December 2018 on December 2017.

Household consumption 2 percent up in November

Dutch household consumption was 2 percent up in November 2018 on November 2017.

Largest drop in consumer confidence in over 7 years

The mood among Dutch consumers in January 2019 is less positive for the sixth consecutive month.

Dutch consumers again less positive

The mood among Dutch consumers in December 2018 is less positive for the fifth consecutive month.

More households with income over 50,000 euros

In 2017, over half a million households - 6.7 percent of the 7.7 million households in the Netherlands - had a standardised income exceeding 50,000 euros.

Dutch consumers again slightly less positive

The mood among Dutch consumers is less positive in November than in October. The consumer confidence indicator drops 2 points and stands at 13.

Half of refugee households at risk of poverty

Nearly 53 percent of refugee households have a low income, over six times the average in the Netherlands (8.2 percent). Among households with a Syrian or Eritrean main breadwinner, this share is even around 80 percent. At 33 percent, the poverty risk is lowest among Iranian refugee households.

What is my spendable income?

A household’s spendable income is the net annual amount it has available to spend. In general terms, it is gross income minus premiums and taxes.

Dutch consumers less positive in October

The mood among Dutch consumers is less positive in October than in September. The consumer confidence indicator drops 4 points and stands at 15.

Dutch consumers again slightly less positive

The mood among Dutch consumers is slightly less positive in September than in August. The consumer confidence indicator drops 2 points and stands at 19.

Netherlands in EU top 5 online shopping

In 2017, 57 percent of the EU population purchased goods or services online. In the Netherlands, 79 percent of people aged 16 to 74 were shopping online that year, putting the Netherlands in the EU top 5.

Dutch consumers slightly less positive

The mood among Dutch consumers is slightly less positive in August than in July. The consumer confidence indicator drops 2 points and stands at 21.

Dutch consumers equally positive in July

The mood among Dutch consumers has not changed in July 2018. The consumer confidence indicator remains at + 23.

More purchasing power for families with young children

The median purchasing power of the population in the Caribbean Netherlands increased once again in 2016. On all three islands, the purchasing power of families with young children increased the most.

Dutch consumers equally positive in June

The mood among Dutch consumers has hardly changed in June 2018. The consumer confidence indicator remains at + 23.

Dutch consumers less positive in May

Dutch Consumer Confidence stands at +23 in May, down from +25 in April.

Dutch consumer confidence improves slightly in April

Dutch Consumer Confidence stands at +25 in April. Opinions of Dutch consumers on the economic climate are slightly more positive. Willingness to buy also improves marginally.

More purchases being made online

Dutch consumers increasingly use the Internet to make everyday purchases

Dutch consumers equally positive in November

Dutch Consumer Confidence remains unchanged in November. The consumer confidence indicator stands at 23.

Dutch consumers equally positive in October

Dutch Consumer Confidence remains unchanged in October. The consumer confidence indicator stands at 23.

Saba: purchasing power up again in 2015

In 2015, the median purchasing power of Saba’s local population improved by 2.2 percent.

Bonaire: purchasing power up again in 2015

In 2015, the median purchasing power of Bonaire’s local population improved by 3.6 percent.

St Eustatius: improved purchasing power in 2015

The purchasing power of St Eustatius’ local population improved in 2015 with a median increase of 4.4 percent.

Dutch consumers less positive in September

Dutch consumer confidence is less positive in september at +23, down from +26.

Consumer prices 1.3 percent up in July

The Dutch consumer price index (CPI) was 1.3 percent higher in July 2017 than in July 2016.

CBS and Venlo have launched Urban Data Centre

CBS and the city of Venlo are collaborating in the collection of regional and local data.

Consumer confidence down

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator fell by 3 points to 23 in May.

Consumer confidence at highest point in over 16 years

The consumer confidence indicator rose to 26, reaching the highest level since February 2001.

Holidays to Paris at lowest level in 10 years

In holiday year 2016, the number of holidays spent in Paris by Dutch tourists was at its lowest level in ten years.

Consumer spending up by 2.5 percent in December

Consumer spending was 2.5 percent up in December. Consumers spent more on household appliances, furnishing and cars.

Dutch consumer confidence improves slightly in January

The mood among Dutch consumers is somewhat more positive in January 2017. It is at the highest level in 9.5 years.

Largest increase in consumer spending in six years

Dutch consumer spending was 2.8 percent up in November 2016 from November 2015; the largest increase in 6 years.

Optimism still prevails among Dutch consumers

The consumer confidence indicator stands at 12, as in the 2 previous months. The highest level in more than 9 years.

Migration background still plays a role

The Annual Report on Integration 2016 gives an overview of various population groups with a migrant background.

Optimism still prevailing among Dutch consumers

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator stands at 12, just as it did in October.

Steady growth consumer spending

Dutch consumer spending was 1.0 percent up in August 2016 from August 2015. Spending on services rose considerably.

Consumer confidence at highest point in over 9 years

The consumer confidence indicator rose 4 points to + 12 in October. This is the highest level since August 2007.

Higher disposable incomes for households

Disposable household income rose by 2.1 percent, mainly due to higher compensation of employees.

Median purchasing power continues to rise

The purchasing power of the Dutch population improved 1.1 percent last year.

Tourism sector increasingly important

The tourism sector is becoming ever more important to the Dutch economy.

Dutch consumer confidence improves slightly

The Dutch consumer confidence indicator increased by 1 point to +2 in August 2016.

Dutch consumer spending up

Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 1.4 percent up in May 2016 from May 2015.

Equal year-on-year consumer spending

Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was equal in April compared to April 2015.

More and more e-shoppers in the Netherlands

E-shoppers: e-shoppers are 16 to 74-year-olds buying goods and services online.

Year-on-year consumer spending 0.1 percent up

Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 0.1 percent up in February 2016.

Consumer confidence further down

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated further in March.

Consumer confidence continues to fall

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated further in February. According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the consumer confidence indicator fell by 5 points to - 1. For the first time in almost a year consumer confidence dipped below zero.

Dutch consumer spending marginally up from one year previously

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 0.6 percent up in December 2015 from December 2014. The CBS Consumption Radar shows that circumstances for Dutch household consumption are less favourable in February than in January and December.

Dutch consumer spending 0.3 percent up

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 0.3 percent up in November 2015 from November 2014, the lowest increase in 2015 so far.

Consumers less positive

In January, the mood among Dutch consumers is less positive than in December. According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the consumer confidence indicator fell by 2 points to + 4. The downturn is mainly due to the fact that consumers are less optimistic about the economic climate.

St Eustatius has highest income level in the Caribbean Netherlands

With 26 thousand dollars, the highest median disposable income in the Caribbean Netherlands in 2013 was surveyed on St Eustatius, followed by Saba and Bonaire (both 23 thousand dollars). St Eustatius also has the highest income inequality.

Consumers less positive

In December, Dutch consumers are less positive than in November. According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the consumer confidence indicator fell by 3 points to + 6. The decrease is mainly due to the fact that consumers are less positive about the economic climate.  Consumers’ willingness to buy remains unchanged

Dutch consumer spending further up

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 1.8 percent up in October 2015 from October 2014. Natural gas consumption increased noticeably.

Dutch consumers spend more on clothes and furniture

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services in September 2015 was 2.2 percent up from September 2014. They spent more on clothing and home furnishing.

Marginal improvement consumer confidence

The mood among Dutch consumers was marginally better in November than in October. According to Statistics Netherlands, the consumer confidence indicator rose 1 point to + 9. Consumers are somewhat more positive about both component indicators of consumer confidence, i.e. their opinions on the economic climate and their willingness to buy.

Fewer men economically independent

Economic independence among men has deteriorated during the recession, but remained at the same level among women. In 2014 more than 65 percent of employed 15 to 64-year-olds had an income at social security level or higher versus nearly half of employed women.

Dutch consumers spending more again

According to the figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services in August 2015 was up by 1.4 percent on August 2014. Consumers mainly spent more on food, drinks and tobacco.

Consumer confidence substantially improved

The mood among Dutch consumers was substantially better in October than in September. According to Statistics Netherlands, the consumer confidence indicator rose by 3 points to +8. This is the highest level in more than eight years.

Consumer confidence hardly changes

The mood among Dutch consumers has hardly changed in September compared to August. According to Statistics Netherlands, the consumer confidence indicator declined by 1 point to +5. Consumer confidence has been fairly stable for four months now.

Dutch consumers spending more again

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was up by 1.3 percent in July 2015 on the same month last year. Consumers mainly spent more on home furnishings and household appliances.

Purchasing power up after four years of decline

After four years of decline, the purchasing power of the Dutch population improved by 1.5 percent in 2014. All population groups saw their spending power rise in a period of slow economic recovery. Employees benefited the most with an increase of 2.7 percent.

Consumers more positive

The mood among Dutch consumers has improved in August compared to July. According to Statistics Netherlands, the consumer confidence indicator rose by 2 points to + 6 and is back at the June level.

Consumer spending further up

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 2.2 percent up in June 2015 from the same month last year. Consumers spent more on home furnishing articles and household appliances.

consumer spending up again, consumer confidence slightly less positive

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was up by 1.1 percent in May 2015 on the same month last year. Consumers spent more on home furnishings and household appliances.

Households annually spend 6 thousand euros on leisure activities

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, Dutch households annually spend 6 thousand euros on leisure activities, i.e. 18 percent of total household spending. They spend most on holidays and in hotels, restaurants and pubs.

Housing costs account for nearly 40 percent of expenditure lowest incomes

Housing costs make up the largest part of the household budget. In the lowest income categories, housing costs account for 39 percent of total household spending, but the share is smaller for higher incomes.

Consumer spending up

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 1.5 percent up in April 2015 from the same month last year.

Consumers much more positive

The mood among Dutch consumers has improved substantially in June compared to May. According to Statistics Netherlands, the consumer confidence indicator rose by 4 points to + 6. This is the highest level in almost eight years.

Residents St Eustatius enjoy highest incomes in Caribbean Netherlands

On Bonaire, the median disposable household income was 21.1 thousand dollars, on Saba 20 thousand dollars and on St Eustatius 23.3 thousand dollars. Incomes ranged from 6 thousand dollars for the lowest income brackets on all islands to approximately 60 thousand dollars for the highest income groups on St Eustatius. On Bonaire and Saba, the median disposable household income of the 25 percent richest households was 52 thousand and 48 thousand dollars respectively.

Consumers spending more, their confidence increases

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was up by 1.9 percent in March 2015 on the same month last year. Consumers spent more on natural gas, home appliances and furnishings.

most substantial increase consumer spending in four years, consumer confidence marginally down

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 2.4 percent up in February 2015 from the same month last year, i.e. the most substantial increase in four years. Consumers spent more on natural gas, clothes and home furnishing articles.

most substantial increase consumer spending in four years

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, Dutch consumer spending on goods and services was 1.8 percent up in January 2015 from January 2014. This was the most substantial increase in four years.

consumer confidence positive for the first time in 7.5 years

For the first time since the summer of 2007, the mood among Dutch consumers is positive. According to Statistics Netherlands, the consumer confidence indicator rose from -7 in February to + 2 in March.

consumer spending marginally up, consumer confidence hardly changes

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, household spending on goods and services was 0.5 percent  up in December 2014 from December 2013.

consumer spending marginally up, consumer confidence hardly changes

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, household spending on goods and services was 0.6 percent  up in November 2014 from November 2013. For the second month in a row consumption increased marginally.

household spending marginally up, consumer confidence remains stable

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, household spending on goods and services was 0.2 percent  up in October 2014 from October 2013. Prior to this modest increase, household spending was slightly down in September. Spending on durable consumer  goods grew by most.

Consumers spend less, confidence falls

Household spending on goods and services was 0.6 percent down in September 2014 from September 2013. Prior to the decrease, household spending had grown modestly for four months in a row.

Consumption growth

Household spending on goods and services was 1.5 percent up in August 2014 from August 2013. This is the largest increase for almost four years, according to Statistics Netherlands.

Burden of income tax and social security contributions remains stable

In 2013 the gross income of Dutch households averaged nearly 58 thousand euros. The tax authorities received 6.0 thousand euros in income tax from this amount and 5.4 thousand euros in social security contributions, in total 19.7 percent.

Number of negative equity homeowners hardly rising

At the start of 2014, 1.5 million households in the Netherlands had an own home that was worth less than the outstanding fiscal mortgage on it. This is around the same number as in 2013.

Care and rent allowances continue to rise, childcare allowance lower again

Dutch central government paid just over 10.4 billion euros in income-related allowances for housing, health care and children in 2013. Spending on care allowances, in particular, rose, to 5.1 billion euros, while spending on childcare allowances fell to 1.9 billion euros. The sum spent on rent allowances rose by 6 percent, to 2.4 billion euros; child budget payments remained stable at 0.9 billion euros.

Modest consumption growth

Household spending on goods and services was 0.5 percent up in July 2014 from July 2013. In May and June household spending was approximately at the same level as one year previously.

Dutch consumers more apprehensive about the economic situation

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated marginally in September. According to Statistics Netherlands, the consumer confidence indicator fell by 1 point to -7. In the past two months, consumers became far more apprehensive about the economic climate.

Purchasing power erodes further in 2013

The purchasing power of the Dutch population was reduced by 1.1 percent in 2013. Purchasing power fell for the fourth year in a row, consistent with the economic recession and climbing unemployment figures.

No further decline household consumption

Household spending on goods and services was approximately the same in June 2014 as in June 2013. In April and May, household spending was also at the same level as one year previously.

Dutch consumers more pessimistic

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated in August. According to Statistics Netherlands, the consumer confidence indicator fell by 4 points to -6.

Domestic consumption stable in May, after years of contraction

According to Statistics Netherlands, Dutch households spent 0.1 percent more on goods and services in May 2014 than in May 2013. For the first time this year, consumer spending is up from one year previously, but only just.

EU rules and additional data result in smaller first quarter contraction of Dutch economy

From today, the Netherlands is one of the first countries in the European Union to comply with the new international guidelines for national accounts.

One in six single female old age pensioners have low supplementary incomes

In 2012, nearly 2 million households received old age pensions. In 173 thousand cases, the supplementary incomes of over-65 households did not exceed 250 euros a month. Among these households were 111 thousand single women aged 65 years or older.

Domestic consumption 0.1 percent down

According to Statistics Netherlands, Dutch households spent 0.1 percent less on goods and services in April 2014 than in April 2013. Just as in the preceding three months of 2014, households used far less natural gas in April than twelve months previously.

No further improvement in consumer confidence

The mood among Dutch consumers remained stable in June relative to May. The consumer confidence indicator remained unchanged at -2. Pessimists still outnumber optimists, though only just.

Higher purchasing power for employees in care sector

Today, Statistics Netherlands announced that the recession which has persisted since late 2008 has undermined the financial position of households

Income gaps stable and relatively small

The recession, which began late 2008, did not cause income inequality to grow. Income disparities are small in the Netherlands relative to other countries, although income differences between households started to grow once the situation on the housing market deteriorated.

Employees prefer pension security

When asked, most employees who are saving for a pension via their employer reported that they wanted financial security when they retire. The majority preferred not to make do with less pension, even if this means working to an older age and/or paying higher premiums. A surprisingly large group, on the other hand, do not have any opinion at all about the pension issues addressed in the survey.

Pension gender gap still considerable

The share of women aged 65 and older receiving supplementary pensions has grown considerably between 2000 and 2012, although it is still significantly lower than among men. On average, women’s supplementary pensions are half of those men receive.

Consumer confidence improves further

The mood among Dutch consumers improved further in May relative to April. The confidence indicator climbed 3 points to reach -2. Currently, pessimists still outnumber optimists, though only just.

Domestic consumption growth slows down due to mild weather conditions

Dutch households spent 2.3 percent less on goods and services in March 2014 than in March 2013. Households used far less natural gas in the first months of 2014 than in the same period in 2013 due to the relatively mild weather conditions.

Household spending in decline due to lower natural gas consumption

Dutch households spent 1.2 percent less on goods and services in February 2014 than in February 2013. In January, domestic consumption was down by 1.7 percent. Due to the relatively mild weather conditions, households used fare less natural gas to heat their homes in the first months of 2014 than in the same period in 2013.

Consumer confidence improves further

The mood among Dutch consumers improved marginally. The consumer confidence index stood at -5 in April, as against -7 in March.

Dutch women increasingly have a higher income than their husbands

Dutch women are increasingly earning more than their partners. In 2002 some 13 percent of Dutch couples aged between 15 and 65 had the woman as their main earner, whereas in 2012 this was the case in 19 percent.

Disposable household income falls again

Real disposable income of Dutch households was 1.1 percent lower in 2013 than in 2012. The decrease was smaller than in 2012, when disposable income fell by 2.2 percent. The decrease in 2013 was mainly caused by wage increases that were smaller than the inflation rate, decreasing employment, and an increase in taxes and social insurance premiums. At 2.5 percent, inflation was well above the average collectively negotiated wage increases. The number of employee jobs fell by 136 thousand. Partly because of the decrease in income, real consumption expenditure fell by 2.1 percent in 2013.

Household spending down

Dutch households spent 1.5 percent less on goods and services in January 2014 than twelve months previously. In November and December 2013, domestic consumption had grown marginally.

Large increase in underwater mortgages

Over 1.4 million Dutch households had a fiscal mortgage debt that exceeded the value of their own home on 1 January 2013. One year earlier this was true for 1.1 million households.

Sustained improvement in consumer confidence

The mood among Dutch consumers improved further in March. The confidence index climbed 3 points to reach -7.

Household spending up

Dutch households spent 0,7 percent more on goods and services in December 2013 than in December 2012. In November, domestic consumption had also increased (0,3 percent) relative to one year previously. The modest increase over the last months of 2013 was preceded by nearly two and a half years of decline.

Consumer confidence improves further

Dutch consumer confidence improved marginally in February. The confidence index climbed 2 points to reach -10. The improvement was entirely due to an increase in consumers’ willingness-to-buy. Their opinions about the economic situation in general remained stable.

Marginal consumption growth

Dutch households spent 0,2 percent more on goods and services in November 2013 than in November 2012. This is the first increase in nearly two and a half years.

Further recovery consumer confidence

Dutch consumer confidence recovered further in January relative to December. The confidence index climbed 5 points to reach -12. Consumer confidence has risen almost continuously since July 2013, but pessimism still prevails.

Personal capital households reduced in 2012

The median personal capital of households in the Netherlands was 27 thousand euros on 1 January 2012, a reduction by 10 percent relative to the beginning of 2011.

Decline household consumption slows down

Dutch households spent 1.1 percent less on goods and services in October 2013 than in October 2012. The decline is less substantial than in preceding months. This is mainly due to higher car sales.

Consumer confidence growing further

Dutch consumers were slightly less pessimistic in December than in the preceding month. The consumer confidence index climbed 2 points to -16.

Poverty Survey 2013: Sharp rise in poverty in 2012, but growth expected to weaken

The poverty rate in the Netherlands increased sharply in 2012, as in 2011. Estimates suggest weaker growth in 2013 and a further reduction in 2014.

Household spending down again

Households spent 2.1 percent less on goods and services in September 2013 than in September 2012. Relative to the same month in the previous year, household spending has been in continuous decline for more than two years now.

Mood among Dutch consumers improves substantially

Dutch consumers were far less pessimistic in November than in October. The consumer confidence index improved 9 points and reached – 18.

Household spending down 2.0 percent

Household spending on goods and services was 2.0 percent down in August 2013 from August 2012. The decrease was the same as in July.

Dutch consumers more positive about the economic climate

Dutch consumers were less pessimistic in October than in the preceding month. The consumer confidence index improved 6 points and reached – 27, the highest score in more than two years.

Household spending down by 2.2 percent

Household spending on goods and services was 2.2 percent down in July 2013 from July 2012. The contraction was somewhat smaller than in June (2.6 percent).

Consumer confidence remains low

Dutch consumers were just as pessimistic in September as in the preceding month. The consumer confidence index remained stable at -33.

Household consumption down in the Netherlands, up in adjacent countries

The sustained downturn in household consumption in the Netherlands in recent years has frustrated economic growth. Households cut back on spending because their incomes do not allow them to spend more. The situation is different in Belgium and Germany where incomes and consumer spending are up.

Household spending down

Household spending on goods and services was 2.4 percent down in June 2013 from June 2012. The contraction was somewhat larger than in May (1.9 percent).

Purchasing power eroded further in 2012

The purchasing power of Dutch consumers declined by 1 percent last year. Purchasing power also declined in 2010 and 2011, though less dramatically: by 0.5 and 0.8 percent respectively.

Consumers less pessimistic

The mood among Dutch consumers improved in August. The consumer confidence index rose by 5 points from -38 in July to -33 in August. Consumers were considerably less negative about the economic climate. Their willingness-to-buy remained invariably low.

Household spending continuously in decline

Household spending on goods and services was 1.8 percent down in May 2013 from May 2012. Consumer spending has been in an almost continuous decline for two years now.

Dutch consumer confidence marginally down

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated marginally in July compared to June. The consumer confidence index fell by 2 points to -38.

Far less child care compensation paid in 2012

The Dutch tax authorities paid out over 2.4 billion in child care compensation in 2012. This is about 400 million less than in 2011.

Household spending in decline

Household spending on goods and services was down by 1.9 percent in April 2013 on April 2012. Spending has been in an almost continuous decline for nearly two years now.

Dutch consumer confidence falls

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated in June compared with May, after having improved for three consecutive months. Consumer confidence fell by 4 points to -36.

Over-60s more often have interest-only mortgages

In 2012, over-60s much more often than younger home owners had interest-only mortgages. More than one third of home owners aged 60 years and older have paid off their mortgage.

Highest incomes most often in favour of mortgage interest deduction

The majority of Dutch aged 18 years and older are in favour of preserving the mortgage interest relief scheme, but the group of opponents is growing.

Modest decline household spending due to higher natural gas consumption

Household spending on goods and services was 0,3 percent down in March 2013 from March 2012, a modest decline compared with the preceding months. This was predominantly due to a higher consumption of natural gas as a result of the exceptionally cold weather.

Dutch consumers less pessimistic again

Dutch consumers were less pessimistic about the economic climate in May than in April, but willingness-to-buy remained at a very low level. The consumer confidence indicator climbed 3 points to -32. The mood improved for the third consecutive month, after the confidence indicator had reached the lowest level ever recorded in February.

Household consumption still in decline

Household spending on goods and services was 2.2 percent down in February 2013 from February 2012. In January, consumption had declined by 2.3 percent.

Dutch consumers less pessimistic

Dutch consumers were less negative in April than in March. The consumer confidence indicator climbed 6 points to -35. In March, the mood had also been less negative than in the preceding month, but, prior to these improvements, confidence had reached the lowest level ever recorded.

More children at risk of poverty

The number of underage children at risk of poverty has increased in 2011. In the provinces of South Holland and Groningen, more children grow up in poverty than in other provinces. In more than half of cases, families do have enough money to go on holiday.

Household consumption in decline

Household spending on goods and services was 2.3 percent down in January 2013 from January 2013. Domestic household consumption has been continuously down from twelve months previously for eighteen months now.

More than one million households have 'underwater' mortgages

Early 2011, 4.2 million households in the Netherlands owned the homes they lived in. In more than one million cases, the value of the house was below the mortgage debt level. Since 2008, the proportion of households with negative home equity has nearly doubled. It mainly concerns younger households.

Marginal improvement consumer confidence

The mood among Dutch consumers improved marginally in March relative to February. The consumer confidence indicator climbed 3 points to -41, but confidence remains low.

Large income gap between working fathers and mothers

In 2011, the average gross annual wage of female employees was 33 thousand euro, i.e. 55 percent of the average income of their male colleagues who earned 58 thousand euro. The gender income gap is very wide among (married) couples with children.

Decline household consumption less substantial

Domestic household spending on goods and services was 1.0 percent down in December 2012 from December 2011. Household consumption has been continuously down from twelve months previously for eighteen months now, but the decrease in December was obviously smaller than in November.

Consumer confidence historically low

The confidence of Dutch consumers reached a historically low level in February 2013. The consumer confidence indicator fell by 9 points to -44, the lowest level since the start of the seasonally adjusted time series in April 1986.

Household consumption dramatically down

Household spending on goods and services was 3.0 percent down in November 2012 from November 2011, the most substantial decline in more than three years.

Mood among Dutch consumers improves marginally

Dutch consumers were less negative in January 2013 than in December 2012. The consumer confidence indicator climbed 4 points to -35. Consumers were less pessimistic about the economic climate in particular, but their willingness-to-buy also improved. Yet, the consumer confidence indicator remains at a low level.

Nearly 40 percent of the Dutch population feels that financing child care is primarily a task for the parents

Dutch child care costs rose to 3.9 billion euro in 2011. Nearly 40 percent of the Dutch population feels that financing child care is primarily a task of the parents themselves.

Child care costs averages 2,000 euro for Dutch parents

In 2011 over half million Dutch parents received child care allowances. The costs of child care per parent averaged close to 7,300 euro. The parents themselves paid nearly 2,000 euro of this. The rest came from the child care allowance.

Dutch consumers very pessimistic

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated marginally in December. The consumer confidence indicator dropped by 2 points to -39. Dutch consumers have been very pessimistic all year long.

Substantial decline in household consumption

In October 2012, household spending on goods and services was 2.4 percent down from October 2011, the most substantial decline in the past three years.

Sharp rise in poverty in 2011

These are among the conclusions in the Poverty Survey 2012 (Armoedesignalement 2012) which is published today. In the report, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) present the most up-to-date possible picture of the extent, development and consequences of poverty in the Netherlands.

Half of Dutch employees have little confidence in own pension fund

Over half (55 percent) of employees who build up their pension via their employers have little or even no confidence in their pension fund or pension insurer. This is especially the case for employees with lower levels of employment and those aged between 35 and 45 years.

Income inequality level stable in 2011

Income differences in the Netherlands remained stable in 2011 relative to the preceding year. The gap between rich and poor households has barely changed since 2001.

Substantially higher spending on care allowance in 2011

The Dutch government paid 4.7 billion euro in care allowances in 2011, nearly 0.9 billion more than one year previously. The increase is related to an increase in the standard premium for health care insurance. Just over six in ten households received a care allowance last year.

Zero growth for household consumption in September

Household spending on goods and services was at the same level in September 2012 as in September 2011. In the preceding 13 months, consumption decreased.

Dutch consumers more pessimistic about the future

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated in November. The consumer  confidence indicator dropped 5 by points to -37. Consumers were much more apprehensive about the economic situation in the future and their own financial situation in the future.

Millionaires in figures (Dutch only)

This report describes the characteristics of millionaires in the Netherlands in the period 2006-2011. Commissioned by Van Lanschot Bankiers

Decline household consumption more substantial

Household spending on goods and services was 2.0 percent down in August 2012 from August 2011.The decline is more substantial than in July, when household consumption was 1.6 percent down on one year previously.

Households spend less on goods and services

Household spending on goods and services was 1.5 percent down in July 2012 from July 2011.The decline is more substantial than in June. This was partly due to a change in tax legislation effective from 1 July, making new cars more expensive.

Dutch consumers slightly less pessimistic

The mood among Dutch consumers was somewhat less negative in September than in August. The consumer confidence indicator climbed 3 points and reached -29. Although the mood has lifted a little after the trough in June, consumer confidence is still at a low ebb.

Decline household consumption less substantial

Household spending on goods and services was 0.6 percent down in June 2012 on June 2011.The decline was far less substantial than in the previous months.

Purchasing power erodes further in 2011

The Dutch population lost 0.4 percent of their purchasing power last year. The loss in 2010 was 0.6 percent.

Tax deduction home owners amounts to 33 billion euro

The tax deduction for home owners amounted to more than 33 billion euro in 2011. The tax advantage for home owners totalled more than 14 billion euro.

Dutch consumers remain pessimistic

The mood among Dutch consumers was just as negative in August as in July. The consumer confidence indicator remained stable at – 32.

Household consumption down

Household spending on goods and services was 1.9 percent down in May 2012 from May 2011. The decline was in the same order of magnitude as in the preceding two months.

Dutch consumers less pessimistic

The mood among Dutch consumers was less negative in July than in June. The consumer confidence indicator improved by 8 points to reach -32. The consumer confidence indicator had reached an all-time low (-40) in June.

Income and capital in old age - comparing the former self-employed and employees (Dutch only)

Self-employed people receive less pension but have more capital than employees, on average. What does this mean for their financial position? Commissioned by: Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW)

40 percent gender income gap self-employed without personnel

The incomes female self-employed without personnel generate form their own business are considerably lower than those of their male counterparts. Women are also more often active in sectors where wages are lower.

Household consumption in decline for almost a year

Household spending on goods and services was 2.0 percent down in April 2012 on April 2011. The decline was approximately the same in March (1.8 percent). Consumer spending has been continuously below the level of one year previously for almost twelve months now.

Household consumption further in decline

Household spending on goods and services was 2.1 percent down in March 2012 on March 2011. Consumer spending has been continuously in decline since the summer of 2011. The decrease in March was more substantial than in the preceding months.

Dutch consumers more pessimistic

In May, the mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated again, after having improved in April. The consumer confidence indicator fell by 6 points to –38, virtually equalling the low level it reached in March.

Reversal of consumer confidence among highest incomes

Consumer confidence in the Netherlands has fallen substantially in the space of one year: from -5 in the first quarter of 2011 to -36 in the second quarter of 2012. Among people with the highest incomes confidence has switched from predominantly positive to predominantly negative

Prosperity increased in last decades

The disposable income of Dutch households was 33.2 thousand euro on average in 2010.

Household consumption further in decline

Household spending on goods and services was 1.3 percent down in February 2012 on twelve months previously.

Dutch consumers less pessimistic

The mood among Dutch consumers improved in April. The consumer confidence indicator rose by 7 points to – 32, but consumer confidence is still at a very low level.

Disposable household income further down

The disposable household income has dropped for the fourth year in a row. Adjusted for inflation, the disposable household income dropped 0.4 percent in 2011, the same as in 2010 and this was largely caused by the fact that the wage increase of 1.8 percent was below the level of inflation (2.3 percent).

Decline in household consumption continues

Household spending on goods and services was 1.7 percent down in January 2012 on twelve months previously.

Government collects 13 cents of every euro spent by Dutch households

The average Dutch household spent 32,500 euro in 2010. Indirect taxes, for example VAT and excise duties, account for 4,320 euro, i.e. more than 13 cents of every euro spent by Dutch households.

Nearly nine in ten over-65 households have extra incomes in addition to AOW

Altogether, 1.8 million households received old age state pensions (AOW) in 2010. Nearly nine in ten households received supplementary pensions and approximately as many generated revenues from private property.

Consumer confidence drops

The mood among Dutch consumer deteriorated again in March, after three months of stability and even marginal improvement. The consumer confidence indicator dropped 3 points in March to -39.

Decline household consumption slightly less substantial

Household spending on goods and services in December 2011 was 1.3 percent down on twelve months previously. The decline is slightly less substantial than in the preceding months.

Mood among Dutch consumers marginally improved

Dutch consumers were slightly less pessimistic in February. Their mood about the economic situation in general was less negative than in January, but willingness-to-buy deteriorated somewhat.

Women's pensions substantially lower

The proportion of over-65 women receiving supplementary pensions has grown over the past decade, though the gender gap is still substantial. Generally, women receive only half the amount male pensioners get.

Personal capital households further reduced

The personal capital of households in the Netherlands has declined further. On 1 January 2011, the median household capital was 29 thousand euro versus 33 thousand euro early 2010, a decline by 12 percent.

Consumer spending in decline

Household spending on goods and services in November 2011 was 1.2 percent down on November 2010.

Dutch consumer equally apprehensive

The mood among Dutch consumers did not alter in January. The indicator reflecting the mood among consumers remained stable at -37. Consumers were somewhat less negative about their own financial situation, whereas their confidence in the economic climate deteriorated marginally.

Risk of poverty or social exclusion fairly small in the Netherlands

According to European standards, the number of Dutch residents running the risk of poverty or social exclusion is relatively small.

Household consumption in decline

Household spending on goods and services in October 2011 was 1.4 percent down on October 2010.

Dutch consumers pessimistic about their own financial situation for 2012

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated further in December. The consumer confidence indicator dropped 5 points to -37. Consumers were particularly negative about their own financial situation for 2012.

Germans spending more, Dutch spending less

Dutch household consumption was 1.1 percent lower in the third quarter of 2011 than one year previously. German household consumption, on the other hand, grew by 1.2 percent. The circumstances for household consumption are more favourable in Germany than in the Netherlands.

Household consumption further in decline

Household spending on goods and services in September 2011 was 2.0 percent down on September 2010.

Dutch consumers less negative about their own financial situation

Dutch consumers were far less negative about their own financial situation in November than in October, but they were more pessimistic about the economic climate in general. On balance, consumer confidence remained stable.

Household consumption in decline

Household spending on goods and services in August 2011 was 1.0 percent down on August 2010, whereas in June, household spending was marginally up on one year previously.

Dutch consumer more pessimistic about the future

The mood among Dutch consumers weakened further in October. The consumer confidence indicator fell by 3 points to – 33.

Household consumption marginally higher

Household spending on goods and services was 0.3 percent higher in July 2011 than in July 2010, whereas in June, household spending was 1.0 percent down on one year previously.

Consumer confidence plummets

The steep drop in consumer confidence continued in September. The consumer confidence indicator fell 9 points to -30. The indicator had also dropped by 9 points in August. Such a dramatic downswing in two consecutive months is unprecedented.

Consumption growth practically at a standstill

In the first six months of 2011, Dutch consumption expenditure remained at the same level as one year previously. In June, households even spent one percent less on goods and services than twelve months previously. It was the first decrease in well over a year. Consumption expenditure has hardly played a role in the economic upturn. The virtual standstill in consumption is in line with developments in wages and prices.

Household consumption down in June

Household spending on goods and services was 0.9 percent lower in June 2011 than in June 2010. This was the first decrease in well over a year.

Consumer confidence nosedives

Consumer confidence declined dramatically in August. The consumer confidence indicator fell 9 points to -21. Confidence in the economic climate nosedived, whereas willingness to buy remained stable.

Consumer confidence and share prices slump simultaneously

Each month, Statistics Netherlands measures consumer confidence. Consumer confidence is affected by numerous factors, like unemployment, share prices, developments on the housing market and inflation. Many consumers are involved in share trading. This is not only because they themselves are active traders on the stock market, but they are also involved indirectly, for example through their pension funds.

Household consumption growth remains modest

Household spending on goods and services was 0.3 percent higher in May 2011 than in May 2010, approximately the same as in the four preceding months.

Consumers remain apprehensive

Dutch consumers remain apprehensive. The mood among them was virtually the same in July as in June. The consumer confidence indicator fell by 1 point to -12.

Purchasing power 0.5 percent down in 2010

The purchasing power of the Dutch population dropped by 0.5 percent in 2010, the most substantial decline since 1985 when Statistics Netherlands started surveying changes in the perceived purchasing power on an annual basis. The only other year to show a decline was 2005, when purchasing power dropped by 0.3 percent.

Incomes of graduates (Dutch only)

Data on incomes of graduates from secondary vocational education (mbo), higher vocational education (hbo) and university over the period 2007-2009. Commisioned by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Consumption marginally higher

Household spending on goods and services was 0.5 percent higher in April 2011 than in April 2010. Spending on services increased by 0.9 percent, whereas spending on goods remained at the same level as twelve months previously.

Dutch consumers more pessimistic about future economy

Dutch consumers were far more negative about the economic situation in June than in May, but their willingness to buy improved. Overall, the mood among consumers remained about as negative as in May. The consumer confidence indicator fell 1 point to -11.

Dutch dedicated savers

The Dutch hold a positive attitude towards saving. In April 2011, the proportion of Dutch consumers who thought their financial situation would allow them to put money aside in the next 12 months was much higher than the proportion who thought they would not be able to save.

Marginal consumption growth

Household spending in March 2011 was 0.2 percent up on March 2010.

Mood among Dutch consumers remains gloomy

The mood among Dutch consumers remained gloomy in May, the consumer confidence index stood unchanged at -10. Consumers were less confident about the economic situation in general. Their willingness to buy increased marginally, but remained at a low level.

More than 12 billion euro left in legacies

People who died in the Netherlands in 2008 left a total of more than 12 billion euro in legacies. This is the equivalent of an average 110 thousand euro per legacy.

Total amount deposited in life-course savings schemes stable, more withdrawals

Employees saved 893 million euro in life-course savings accounts last year, approximately the same amount as in 2009. Withdrawals amounted to 233 million euro, an increase by 45 percent relative to one year previously.

Amsterdam has highest proportion of long-term low incomes

Households who have been living on low incomes for four years or more are mainly found in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Four in ten municipalities with the greatest risk of long-term poverty are situated in the south of the province of Limburg.

Modest consumption growth due to lower natural gas consumption

Household consumption barely increased in the first months of 2011. Spending on goods and services was 0.3 percent higher in February than twelve months previously. In January, consumption grew by 0.2 percent compared to January 2010.

Fewer parents receive allowance for care provided by childminders

The number of parents receiving an allowance for care provided by registered childminders was reduced considerably in 2010, but more parents received an allowance for other types of childcare.

Dutch consumers less willing to buy

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated somewhat in April 2011.

Parental leave most popular among mothers with high education and a full-time job
Disposable household income lower in 2010

The disposable household income in 2010 was lower than in 2009. After correction for inflation, the decline was 1.4 percent, but consumer spending was 0.4 percent higher.

Dutch consumers buy more durable goods

Household spending on goods and services was 0.7 percent higher in January 2011 than in January 2010. Household spending on durable consumer goods increased by 6.3 percent. Clothes, consumer electronics and cars were highly in demand.

On average, higher educated earn twice as much as lower educated

The average, annual gross income of employed people exceeded 36 thousand euro in 2009. Higher educated earned nearly twice as much as lower educated.

370 thousand workers living on incomes below the poverty line

Despite having paid jobs, 370 thousand households in the Netherlands were living below the poverty line in 2009.

Dutch consumers more negative about economy

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated slightly in March. The consumer confidence index dropped by 3 points to -8, because consumers were more negative about the economic future. The indicator had improved substantially in January and February.

Wintry weather affects household consumption

Household spending was 1.0 percent higher in December 2010 than in December 2009.

Dutch consumers more optimistic

Recently, the mood among Dutch consumers has noticeably improved. In February, the consumer confidence index rose 3 points to reach -5. Confidence improved for the second month running after having risen 6 points in January.

Emancipation monitor 2010

Labour participation and economic independence of women increase in spite of crisis.

Average annual pension nearly 20 thousand euro

By the end of 2008, the pension entitlement of people in the Netherlands under the age of 65 averaged 8,100 euro. The claim consists of an old-age (AOW) part (4,600 euro) and a work-related part (3,500 euro).

Dutch consumers gain confidence

The mood among Dutch consumers improved substantially in January, because consumers were much more optimistic about the economic climate. The consumer confidence index rose 6 points and stood at -8. The recovery made up for December’s downturn.

Further increase two-income households

The number of two-income couples in the Netherlands is growing. The number of couples in the age category 15–65 with two working partners has grown from 51 percent in 2005 to 57 percent in 2009.

Large differences in purchasing power developments between common occupations

The purchasing power of the employed labour force in the Netherlands rose by 2.5 percent in 2009. This is larger than the increase in 2008.

Participants distressed pension funds have higher pension claims

Active participants in pension funds which could not satisfy the minimum coverage ratio of 105 percent by the end of 2009 had build up higher claims than participants in pension funds with a sufficient coverage ratio.

Personal capital drops sharply

Dutch personal capital was one fifth lower on 1 January 2010 than at the beginning of 2009.

Moderate growth household consumption

In October 2010, household spending on goods and services was 1.1 percent up on October 2009, as against 1.7 percent in September.

Dutch consumers much more pessimistic about economy

The mood among Dutch consumers deteriorated in December. The consumer confidence index dropped by 7 points and stood at -14. The decline counterbalanced previous improvements in October and November. Confidence in the economic climate in general deteriorated most.

More poverty in 2009

Poverty has grown in the Netherlands in 2009 and after a long period of decline, the percentage of poor children has increased last year.

Nearly 20 percent of gross household income paid in taxes and national insurance contributions

In 2008, Dutch households paid 19.2 percent of their gross income in income tax and national insurance contributions. A provisional estimate for 2009 shows a marginal increase to 19.5 percent.

Household consumption 1.5 percent up

In September 2010, household spending on goods and services was 1.5 percent up on September 2009. Household consumption growth was marginally higher than in August (1.4 percent).

Dutch consumers gain confidence

The mood among consumers improved for the second month running. In November 2010, the consumer confidence index stood at -7, i.e. 3 points higher than in the previous month. The indicator reached the highest level in nearly three years.

Bloemendaal and Wassenaar richest Dutch municipalities

Bloemendaal and Wassenaar are the two municipalities in the Netherlands with the highest per capita income. The richest municipalities are mainly located in the province North Holland, the poorest in east Groningen and south Limburg.

Consumers less pessimistic

The mood among consumers improved in October 2010. The consumer confidence index stood at -10 in October versus -14 in September, thus reaching the highest level since January 2010.

Household consumption 1.6 percent up

In August 2010, household spending on goods and services was 1.6 percent up on August 2009.

One in nine children at risk of growing up in poverty

In 2008, 385 thousand Dutch minors were at risk of growing up in poverty. This means that 11.5 percent of children below 18 years of age grow up in families with incomes that do not exceed 120 percent of the social minimum.

Household consumption marginally higher

In July 2010, household spending on goods and services was up by 0.2 percent on July 2009. In June, households spent 1.5 percent more than one year previously.

Consumer confidence falls slightly

The mood among consumers deteriorated in September. The consumer confidence index stood at -14 in September versus -11 in August. Pessimistic consumers outnumber optimistic ones.

Household consumption picks up

In June 2010, household spending on goods and services was 1.3 percent up on June 2009.

Consumer confidence picks up

The mood among consumers has improved for the second month running. The consumer confidence index stood at -11 in August versus -14 in July. Confidence is back at the level of December 2009, after a gradual decline in the first half of 2010, but pessimists still outnumber the optimists.

Increase in household consumption

In May 2010, household spending on goods and services was 1.2 percent up on May 2009.

Mood among consumers improved

The mood among consumers has lifted in July. The consumer confidence index stood at -14,  versus -18 in June. Confidence improved after a gradual decline in the preceding months.

Purchasing power 1.4 percent up in 2009

The purchasing power of the Dutch population improved by 1.4 percent last year. The incomes of employers who kept their jobs improved above average, mainly due to wage increases.

Secondary school pupils earn extra income of 1,100 euro annually

Shelf stacking, delivering newspapers and shop assistant are the most popular jobs secondary school pupils do next to their study.

Consumers more pessimistic about economic climate

The mood among consumers has deteriorated over the past few months. This was also the case in June.

Modest household consumption growth

In April 2010, household spending on goods and services was 0.2 percent up on April 2009. The growth was more modest than in March, when households spent 0.7 percent more than one year previously.

Income gap between economically independent men and women unchanged

The number of women, who have attained economic independence is growing. In 2000, 39 percent of women had reached at least the social security income level for singles versus 46 percent in 2008.

Half a million parents receive childcare allowances

The number of parents receiving childcare allowances is rising continually. In 2009, there were more than half a million recipients, an increase by 11 percent relative to one year previously.

Wealthy baby boomers

Post-war baby boomers are relatively wealthy. Households, in which the main breadwinner is aged between 50 and 65, are relatively often found in the highest income brackets and more often than people in other income groups, they have accumulated a large personal fortune.

Highest income brackets taxed most heavily

The average gross income of Dutch households was more than 56 thousand euro in 2008. Nearly 23 thousand euro, i.e. 40 percent had to be paid in contributions to income and health care insurances and income tax.

Single people, one-parent families and pensioners account for most rent allowances

Over 1.1 million households in the Netherlands received a rent allowance in 2008. This cost the government nearly 2 million euro.

Household consumption picks up

For the first time in over a year, Dutch household consumption has improved.

Consumer confidence marginally down

Consumer confidence dropped marginally in May. The indicator stands at -16, as against -15 in April. The indicators economic climate and willingness to buy deteriorated slightly.

Half of benefits from mortgage tax relief go to richest households

Nearly half of the 7.2 million households in the Netherlands had a mortgage on their home in 2008. Together, they paid 28 billion euro in mortgage costs, and received more than 10 billion euro back from the government by through tax deductions.

Dutch consumers much more sombre about the future

The mood among Dutch consumers has deteriorated in April 2010. The consumer confidence indicator stands at -15, against -12 in March. Consumers were clearly more pessimistic about the future.

Household consumption down

Household spending on goods and services was 1.1 percent lower in February 2010 than in February 2009. In January, household spending was 0.7 percent down on one year previously. Households have been cautious about spending for more than a year now, but the decline in January and February was far less substantial than in the preceding months.

Retirement age higher

Employees retire at a later age. In 2007, the average age of retirement had risen to 62.

Decline in household consumption slows down

Household spending on goods and services was 0.7 percent lower in January 2010 than in January 2009. In December, household spending still was 2.5 percent down on one year previously. Households have been cautious about spending for more than a year now, but the decline in January was far smaller than in preceding months.

No real improvement consumer confidence

The mood among Dutch consumers has hardly changed in March 2010. The consumer confidence indicator stands at -12, as against -13 in February.

Lower incomes less active in their leisure time

People in the lower income brackets are less active in their leisure time than people in higher income categories.

Wealthiest households in Rozendaal

Rozendaal can claim to be the most prosperous municipality in the Netherlands. Not only does this municipality in the province Gelderland have the largest percentage of households with a high income, in relative terms most households with the largest wealth live there as well.

Consumers confidence down slightly

Dutch Consumer confidence has decreased slightly, to -13 in February 2010 from -10 in January. Consumers were notably less positive about the future.

Households cautious about spending

Household spending on goods and services was 2.6 percent lower in December 2009 than in December 2008.

Consumers more positive about their financial situation in January

Consumer confidence hardly changed in January 2010. The indicator stood at -10, as against -11 in the preceding month. As a result of this minor improvement, the upward trend in consumer confidence continues. Consumers’ opinions on their own financial situation did improve substantially.

Households cautious about spending

Dutch household spending on goods and services was 2.7 percent lower in November 2009 than in November 2008.

Wider income gap between single mothers and mothers with partners

The disposable income of single mothers is considerably lower than that of cohabiting or married mothers. The average disposable income of single mothers was 15 thousand euro in 2008, as against nearly 25 thousand euro for mothers living with partners.

Household incomes considerably down

In the third quarter of 2009, the overall disposable income of Dutch households was 3.0 billion euro (i.e. 3.3 percent corrected for inflation) down on one year previously, but their financial capital grew in the second and third quarter of last year, mainly due to positive price developments on the financial markets.

Self-employed are wealthiest category

Self-employed households and over-65 couples were the wealthiest categories on 1 January 2009.

Lower income brackets have shorter healthy life expectancy

The average life expectancy of people living in households with incomes below the poverty line is approximately 5 years shorter than the life expectancy of higher incomes. The healthy life expectancy of higher incomes is no less than 14 years longer.

Households cautious about spending

Household spending on goods and services was 2.6 percent lower in October 2009 than in October 2008. in September spending was down by 3.0 percent. Household consumption was down on 2008 for the tenth consecutive month.

Traditional role patterns in spending by single men and women

Single men spend their money on other things than single women. Men spend more on cars, eating out and gadgets, while women spend more on clothes, personal care and fruit and vegetables.

Mood among consumers less negative

Consumers are less pessimistic. The consumer confidence index rose from -14 in  November to -11 in December.

130 thousand households with an income of more than 100 thousand euro

The Dutch households, over 7 million, had an average of 33 500 euro to spend in 2008. Almost 130 thousand households had a net disposable income of 100 thousand or more.

More households at poverty risk in 2008

Lage inkomens, kans op armoede en uitsluiting 2009. It describes recent developments in poverty and constraints in social and financial aspects.

Household consumption still at low level

Household spending on goods and services was 3.4 percent lower in September than in September 2008. In August, spending dropped by 3.8 percent. Domestic household consumption has been lower than one year previously for nine months running.

Consumers optimistic about economic future

The mood among consumers has lifted. Consumer confidence improved from -19 in October to -14 in November. Consumers’ opinions on the economic situation in the next twelve months were far more positive.

Household consumption down

Dutch household spending on goods and services was 3.5 percent lower in August 2009 than in August 2008.

Consumers slightly more pessimistic

Dutch consumers were slightly more pessimistic in October than in September. Consumer confidence fell from -17 to -19. The decrease is mainly the result of more pessimistic opinions on the economic situation in the future.

Growing confidence in future economy

Consumer confidence has built up over the past three quarters. People were far less negative about the economic situation in the next twelve months.

Decline household consumption slows down

Dutch household spending was 2.1 percent lower in July than in July 2008. In June household spending dropped by 2.9 percent. Domestic household consumption has been lower than one year previously for the last seven months, but the decline has slowed down. Consumption figures are adjusted for price changes and differences in the shopping-day pattern.

Consumers confidence unchanged

Dutch consumer confidence remains unchanged in September 2009. The indicator still stands at -17, after the sharp increase by 7 points in August.

Fewer women to receive 'kitchen sink subsidy'

In 2007 over 1.1 million people received the general levy discount, as against 1.3 million at the moment of introduction in 2001. In nine out of ten cases, the recipients of this subsidy mockingly termed ‘kitchen sink subsidy’ are women.

Household consumption remains low

Dutch household spending was 3.1 percent lower in June 2009 than in June 2008. In April as well as in May household spending dropped by 3.7 percent. Domestic household consumption has been lower than one year previously for the last six months.

Dutch consumers much less negative about the economy

Consumer confidence increased strongly in August. The indicator rose from -24 in July to -17 in August. Consumers were especially less pessimistic about the economic situation in the twelve months to come.

Less paid into company savings schemes

Dutch employees deposited a total 783 million euro in accounts for life course savings schemes in 2008. This is more than 7 percent less than in 2007.

Students earn an average 5 thousand euro a year

Students in Dutch higher education earned an average 5,250 euro in 2008, either through a job or through their own company.

Households save 25 euro a month on energy bill

As from July, the average Dutch household pays 25 euro less on gas and electricity each month than in the first six months of 2009, mainly as a result of the lower gas price. The monthly energy bill is now down to 139 euro.

Household consumption invariably low

Dutch household spending was 3.6 percent lower in May 2009 than in May 2008. The decline in April was in the same order of magnitude. In the past four months, consumption expenditure has been substantially lower than one year previously.

Jobless people's purchasing power reduced by 15 percent

The purchasing power of the Dutch population improved by 0.8 percent last year. The average disposable household income was 33.5 thousand euro.

Consumer confidence stable

For the second month running, consumer confidence remained unchanged. The indicator stood at -24 in July 2009. This means pessimists still clearly outnumbered optimists in the Netherlands.

Housing and energy costs weigh heavy on lowest incomes

Housing costs constitute the most significant part of the average household budget. Proportionally, the lowest income brackets spend most on housing.

More than 2,800 euro extra for families with children in 2007

Households with underage children received an extra 2,824 euro compensation on average through income and tax measures for families in 2007.

Own home main asset

In 2006, well before the credit crisis, Dutch households had assets worth a total 1,566 billion euro, most of which was accounted for by own homes. To offset these assets, the households had a total debt of 572 billion euro, leaving them a total net equity of 994 billion euro.

Growing number of women economically independent

In the period 2000–2007, the proportion of economically independent women has grown. There was a striking increase among 30 to 55-year-old women.

Nearly a quarter of immigrants transfer money to the countries where their families live

Nearly one quarter of households with a foreign background report to have transferred money abroad, predominantly to the countries where their parents, relatives or friends live.

Number of households at risk of poverty in the Netherlands relatively low

The number of households facing financial constraints is relatively low in the Netherlands compared to most other European countries. The number of households, who only just manage financially, is also relatively low.

Popularity online saving further down

The aggregate amount deposited by Dutch households in online savings accounts exceeded 55 billion euro by the end of 2008, i.e. 11 billion down on the end of 2007.

Gender income gap has not narrowed in recent years

Female incomes are considerably lower than male incomes. On average, women received 56 percent of what men earned in 2007, the same as in 2003.

Households lose capital, but gain income in 2008

As a result of the global finacial crisis, the value of shares and bonds owned by Dutch households has decreased by 66 billion euro last year. One quarter of the value of shares and one tenth of the total value of bonds has evaporated.

Most substantial increase energy bill in four years

Early 2009, the energy bill for households is considerably higher than one year previously. On the basis of the rates of January 2009, a household with an average gas and electricity consumption will annually spend 1,964 euro on energy, 239 euro more than in January 2008.

Households donate less to charitable organisations

Over the past 15 years, average annual household spending on charity varied considerably.

Pork most popular meat
Poverty down in 2006 and 2007, but unchanged in 2008

In 2006, 623 households in the Netherlands had a low income. According to the budget-based thresholds 382 households (not-much-but-enough-to-get-by), and 233 thousand households (just-enough-to-buy-essentials) respectively were poor.

Income responds slowly to economic downturn

The economic downswing will not necessarily have an immediate effect on household income in the Netherlands. Employment is still growing, and collectively negotiated wage increases are larger for 2008 than for 2007.

Older people with higher income in better health

The higher the income of older age groups (50-80 years) in the population, the better their physical and mental heat

Ten billion euro left in legacies

Private wealth left behind by people who died in the Netherlands in 2005 amounted to just over 9.6 billion euro.

120 thousand households live on social minimum level for at least four years

In 2007, nearly 120 thousand households (just under 2 percent of the total number of households in the Netherlands) had lived on the minimum social income level for a period of at least four years.

Fewer single-parents claiming income support

Paid employment accounted for the main income of 68.5 percent of one-parent families in 2007. This is a higher share than in 2005, when nearly 63 percent of one-parent families received most of their income from paid work.

People in poor health find it more difficult to live within their income

People who consider their own health as poor more often find it hard to make ends meet. They cannot afford a hot meal every other day or heat their houses properly.

Purchasing power markedly higher in 2006 and 2007

After a minor dip in 2005, purchasing power rose markedly in 2006 and 2007 to achieve the best results since 2001.

Dutch convinced saving is worthwhile

In the last thirty years, more and more Dutch consumers have been thinking more positively about putting money into savings accounts. Together with Denmark and Luxembourg, the Netherlands is now one of the EU countries with the most positive attitude towards saving.

Low incomes transferred to the next generation in families with non-western background

People who grew up in low-income families – in particular people with a non-western background –often have low incomes themselves.

Most people on long-term low incomes live in major cities

There are more than 5 thousand neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. In nearly one third, the the proportion of long-term low incomes is above the nationwide average of 3 percent.

Medical care consumption by older people in the low-income brackets

In 2006 more 55 to 80-year-olds living on long-term low incomes consulted medical specialists and physiotherapists than people in the same age category with incomes above the low-income threshold.

Consumer confidence high-income earners plummets

In the first quarter of 2008, consumer confidence was considerably lower than one year previously. The mood among consumers in the highest income bracket dropped more rapidly than among low-income earners.

Online saving less popular
Hefty growth in childcare in 2007

One in four Dutch children were cared for in an official day-care provision in 2007. This is more than in 2006, when one in five children were in official childcare.

Leisure activities income-related
Calculating personal inflation

The website of Statistics Netherlands now comprises a personal inflation calculator. Everyone in the Netherlands can work out his or her personal inflation by filling in the amounts they spend on various categories of consumption.

One in five children attended formal childcare facilities in 2006

In 2006, 490 thousand children, i.e. one in five, in the age category under 13 attended facilities like childcare, after-school care or care provided by registered host parents.

Consumption continues to grow fast

In October 2007 households spent 2.8 percent more on goods and services than in October 2006.

Household consumption grows 2.1 percent

In August, household consumption on goods and services rose by 2.1 percent relative to the same month last year.

Modest consumption growth in May

Households spent 1.2 percent more on goods and services in May this year than in the same month last year.

Households had a lot more to spend in 2006

The disposable income of Dutch households rose by nearly 4 percent in 2006.

Upward trend in household spending continues in April

Household spending on goods and services rose by 2.0 percent in April 2007 relative to April 2006. It is the most substantial increase so far this year.

Modest rise in consumption in February

Dutch households spent 1.2 percent more on goods and services in February this year than in the same month last year.

Lower natural gas consumption keeps down consumption growth

Dutch households spent 0.6 percent more on goods and services in the first month of this year than in January 2006. They spent 0.6 percent less on goods.

Household consumption up again

Dutch households spent 2.0 percent more on goods and services in November 2006 than in November 2005.

Poverty continues to rise in 2005, and falls subsequently

In 2004, 10.3 percent of Dutch households had to get by on a low income. This means that poverty increased further in 2004, just as in 2003.