Dutch households have average assets of €19,000, a figure unchanged from last year, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday. This means the steady decline in assets which set in with the economic crisis in 2008, has now been halted, the CBS said. In 2008, average assets were €47,000.
The total assets figure includes property, savings and investments minus mortgage debts. Housing accounts for around 55% of the total. Excluding housing, average assets amount to around €12,000 the CBS said.
The richest Dutch local authority is Laren, where assets average €250,000. The poorest is Lelystad, where average assets are just €1,600. Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam are also included in the top 10 poorest areas.
Cities tend to have lower average assets because of the high number of people from ethnic minorities, students and people on social security benefits, the CBS said.
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