Featured statistic: EUR 88 billion

Date 21 August 2007

Last year, Dutch residents received a total of EUR 88 billion worth of income from abroad. This is EUR 10 billion more than in 2005, and over double the amount in 2002. The increase in income expenditures was less marked, with income expenditures totalling around EUR 75 billion in 2006.

Remarkably, for some years now, income receipts have been at a substantially higher level than income expenditures. The increase in income receipts is accounted for by more than just an expansion of Dutch holdings of foreign assets. Return on these assets has also improved considerably. Notably dividends received on Dutch direct investment abroad have soared over the past few years, from EUR 10 billion in 2002 to EUR 48 billion last year.

Chart Cross-border income