Gap between rich and poor in Holland among narrowest in Europe
Tuesday 27 November 2012
The Netherlands has one of the narrowest income gaps between rich and poor in Europe, according to new research from the national statistics office CBS.
The Dutch income gap is 0.27 on a scale of 0 to 1, a figure which has hardly changed since 2001, the CBS says.
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic have a lower income gap than the Netherlands. Lithuania and Latvia have the widest gap between rich and poor, the figures, based on findings by Eurostat, show.
The new government got off to a shaky start last month when Labour leaders said reducing the gap between rich and poor is one of the mainstays of the new administration.