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One in five people in the Netherlands is retired, but not all are over 65

Monday 02 July 2012

More than three million people in the Netherlands are retired, meaning that almost one in five of the population has officially ended their working life, according to new figures from the national statistics office.

However, 15% of people who stopped work last year was aged between 55 and 65 - below the official retirement age. Five years ago, nearly one in five retirees were below the state pension age, showing efforts to keep people at work longer by cutting back on early retirement schemes are paying off.

Nevertheless, the average retirement age is still 63, the CBS figures show.

The government intends to increase the state pension age from 65 to 67 as part of a package of measures to cut the budget deficit and keep pensions affordable.

The Financieele Dagblad calculates that there are now 2.3 people in work for every pensioner, compared with 2.7 in 2001. This illustrates the urgency of increasing the pension age, the paper says.


Do you plan to retire early or have you already done so? Have your say in the comments box below.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

I'd love to retire, but I'm too busy paying for 20% of the populace that are already retired.

By H. | 2 July 2012 4:28 PM

Forced into retirement at 51yrs old. it does not matter how they put it, ageism is rife in The Netherlands.

By Highlander | 2 July 2012 5:43 PM

I still have not gotten over being "over 65".
I have been refused a gastric bypass because NL insurance firms will not reimburse such operations for us 65+ers, even if it would save money in the future from diabetes & joint implants.

By HTD | 2 July 2012 5:48 PM

Will extra disability benefits that now stop at 65 also be continued until 67?

By HTD | 2 July 2012 5:51 PM

Due to the unusual course of events of my life, I don't plan on retiring at all. No need to feel sorry for me: I have simply always tried to interweave 'enjoying life' and working.

By Martin | 3 July 2012 1:06 AM

I am aged 42 and am planning retirement at 45.Happy days !!!

By jason buttle | 3 July 2012 1:24 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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