Dutch pensioners doing well, few in child poverty, EU figures show

Dutch pensioners are well-off when compared with their counterparts in the rest of the European Union, figures for 2011 from the EU’s statistics agency Eurostat show.

Just 6.9% of Dutch pensioners need to worry about poverty and isolation, the figures showed. Only Luxemburg has a lower figure.

When it comes to children under the age of 18, nearly one in five children in the Netherlands at risk of living in poverty, Eurostat said.

The percentage is lower in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Slovenia. Bulgaria has the highest rate of child poverty with 51.8%.