Jan Modaal is the average Dutchman beloved by statisticians and politicians. His wife does not work and his children are aged six and 11 – a family set-up which dates back to the 1970s. Mr Average had an annual income of around €36,000 in 2009, taking home around €2,500 a month. Ministers use him to illustrate the effect of economic policies, but critics say he is an unrealistic picture of today’s households.All typical untranslatable Dutch words and expressions translated in the Dictionairy of Dutchness
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