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Dutch women’s pensions lower than men’s

Dutch women draw the short straw when it comes to pensions in the Netherlands.

The proportion of over-65 women receiving supplementary pensions has grown over the past decade, though the gender gap is still substantial. Generally, women receive only half the amount male pensioners get, according to Statistics Netherlands.

Half of women received supplementary pensions in 2000 in addition to the general old age pension (AOW). The proportion for women was 59 percent in 2010 versus 92 percent for men.

In the category women living with a partner (married or unmarried), the proportion was relatively low, but this category showed the fastest growth from 21 percent in 2000 to 36 percent in 2010.

The proportion of single women receiving supplementary pensions grew little. These women often build up a pension during their active career or receive a surviving relatives’ pension. The gender gap for single women is much smaller than for over-65s living with partners.