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Two-income families continues to rise in the Netherlands

For a variety of reasons, two-income families are more common now in the Netherlands.

In more and more Dutch families both partners work. In 2005, 51 percent of Dutch couples up to 65 years old were double-income households. In 2009 the number of double-income households increased to 57 percent.

In total, there are two million double-income households. Men earn more then women with 80 percent of these households, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The man earns the most because many women work part time. But even in cases where both partners work full time, men earn more than women in 65 percent of two-income families.

With more than 20 percent of dual-income families both partners work full time.

Double-income households spend the most of all Dutch households. In 2009, they could spend an average of 50,000 Euros.

An average Dutch family had less than 13,000 Euros to spend.