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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.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Thanks to the tax the not-rich-but-not-poor people are paying ...

By Sara | 27 November 2012 4:50 PM

Ofcourse. I pay 52% tax on my income. so in no way I can even be rich in netherlands however I try or work hard.

By supratip | 27 November 2012 7:13 PM

Rich and poor are close not only in money units in Nl.

By Max | 27 November 2012 8:27 PM

Wellcome to socialism without residual wealth... Continue not to have sympathy for people who make over 70k. Good for you. NL will ask themselves; why are we having a budget deficit of 18B every year, although we curbed spent ?
Reject one of the most democratic items in capitalism: Bonus; which takes wealth from capital owner passes on to well educated. (capitalist rub their hands)
Well done !

By Aiken Grover | 28 November 2012 7:37 AM

Not sure if they took into account that the super rich dutch has all kinds of access to tax havens.

By ufo | 28 November 2012 8:23 AM

supra why do you want to be so rich?If only Holland was an example for the world.

By nardner | 28 November 2012 8:28 AM

Perfect communist society, perfect non-competitive market! Single market for any product you can imagine, much less variation in food, luxary and life style in comparison to any developed and non-developed country I have ever been or heard of. Sadly, ambition and enthusiasm go nowhere in Holland...

By Alex | 28 November 2012 9:30 AM

Poor news again. How do you define rich and poor in NL?

By E | 28 November 2012 10:15 AM

Alex I totally agree with you.No ambition at all. The best way you can do is find a 9 to 5 job and try to get as much as benefit from the government. Sad but true.

By Lu | 28 November 2012 10:23 AM

Learn your economy classes and then scrabble here. Socialism and communism are not what you memorized from your Hollywood movies. "wealth from capital owner passes on to well educated." Are you kidding me? Where did you read these in Keynes? Why do they own the capital in the first place? It has been shown ridiculously many times that tax relief to the rich is not and can not create jobs and actually the reason of the deficit. So put some pencil on the paper and check your numbers.

By joost | 28 November 2012 11:42 AM

@nardner - How do you motivate me otherwise. If i am not motivated, i dont get a drive and i do not innovate. So its a dull work I do and slowly i turn myself in a dumb moron and will never give justime to my potentials. And eventually who lose out? the country. as i have so much to give to it, but i wont as i am totally moron by now.

By supratip | 28 November 2012 12:46 PM

Nardner, he didn't say he wanted to be rich nor did he say how rich he might want to be.

Your lefty totalitarian streak is showing.

By david | 28 November 2012 2:07 PM

I think the generous social security net helps keep the difference down but there are a quite a few very rich people in the Netherlands (dont ask how they got rich...).

By Sir Charles Moore | 28 November 2012 2:44 PM

Can someone point me to a real example of competition in Netherland?Please don't say telecommunications, electronics , food , education, health.
(hint: different names not equal competition)

By Curious | 28 November 2012 7:30 PM

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