• Germany's news in English
 

Women still 'much poorer' than partners

Published: 10 Feb 2013 10:36 GMT+01:00

On average women have €33,000 less than their male other halves, according to unpublished figures seen by Welt am Sonntag.

The study, conducted by the Berlin-based German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) showed that in 52 percent of heterosexual couples, it was still men who held the purse strings and presided over a larger personal fortune than their lady-folk.

Just 19 percent of couples had an equal amount of money saved up, whereas in 29 percent of cases women had bigger stashes of cash.

And where men were better-off than their female partners, they were much better-off. In such cases, men not only had on average €91,000 more than their partners, but these couples were better off overall, with combined assets worth €245,000.

But where the woman was the richer half of a pair, she typically had just €48,000 more than her partner and the couple had less money altogether, with average combined assets of €156,000.

With divorce rates also rising, the figures suggested women were at a greater risk of falling victim to poverty in old age, wrote the Welt am Sonntag.

"Women in partnerships should place more value on their individual provisions for their old age," DIW statistician Markus Grabka told the paper.

The figures come from a DIW survey conducted in 2007, in which 7,200 German couples were asked about their incomes and personal assets.

DAPD/The Local/jlb

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

14:24 February 10, 2013 by iseedaftpeople
well that all changes when a woman divorces a man and takes him to the cleaner's. It is the former husband who is from that day on at grave risk of personal poverty.

I've seen it enough times with men I know, who earn a quite decent salary on paper but it all goes to their ex-wives and their children, which, to add insult to injury, they rarely ever get to see again.

This article is just a thinly veiled permuatation of feminist myths that there is an oh so crippling imbalance of powers within relationships. Well, there is, but usually it is the man who becomes crippled, in a divorce. And many men have no choice but to keep their woman happy for fear that they might otherwise be dragged through a costly divorce.
06:15 February 11, 2013 by RainerL
This must be why Women go GOLD DIGGINg on Men?? !! Or? Choose Men with a BIG EGO STATUS and of course MONEY / Material Stuff.

It never ceases ot amaze me how mmany Men suckers are out there just to have a Women allow themself go as low as having their dignity compromised let alone risking their bank balance. I am in control of whom i want as a Women in my life and it will NEVER be a Gold Digger!!!
19:19 February 11, 2013 by Berlin fuer alles
Germany is not a very gender equal country. Apart from German women holding their men's nuts in a cookie jar that is.
14:33 February 12, 2013 by honeybeee
emmm, yes , men , even u r stronger ,but u still can become very poorer through your women because that's your nature decide !!!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~hahaaaaaaaaa
20:53 February 12, 2013 by raandy
That thought should cross every one who is married to a German. I think if I was having trouble with my spouse I would think " glad there is a place called USA"
Today's headlines
July asylum applications hit 'all-time record'
An asylum seeker reception centre in Trier. Photo: DPA

July asylum applications hit 'all-time record'

More people applied for asylum in Germany in July than in any previous month on record, the Ministry for Immigration and Refugees announced on Friday. READ  

This Week in History
The 1,000s of Germans massacred after WWII
Germans fleeing from eastern Europe after the Second World War. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The 1,000s of Germans massacred after WWII

Seventy years ago on Friday, a munitions depot exploded in the Czechoslovakian town of Ústí nad Labem. For the thousands of Sudeten Germans who lived in the town, the event was a death sentence. READ  

Minister seeks to rid laws of 'Nazi language'
In the center, Nazi lawyer Roland Freisler, who wrote laws that are partially still in existence today. Photo: German Federal Archive / Wikimedia Commons.

Minister seeks to rid laws of 'Nazi language'

Germany has made great efforts to purge legal system of remnants of Adolf Hitler's regime, but some laws still bear traces of the Nazi past. The Justice Minister wants to change this. READ  

Treason investigation of Netzpolitik halted
Netzpolitik published documents outlining the internal spy agency BfV's spy programmes and budget. Photo: DPA

Treason investigation of Netzpolitik halted

Update: Federal prosecutors announced on Friday they are suspending investigations of treason against 'digital rights' website Netzpolitik for 'the greater good' of upholding freedom of the press. READ  

Newborn baby found in Munich airport toilets
Munich Airport. Photo: DPA

Newborn baby found in Munich airport toilets

A newborn baby was found in a toilet in Munich airport on Thursday. Police so far have no clue as to who or where the mother is. READ  

Brit arrested in Munich for meth smuggling
Photo: BVZ/Zoll

Brit arrested in Munich for meth smuggling

A 50-year-old British woman is being held in custody in Munich on suspicion of attempting to smuggle two kilos of crystal meth out of Munich airport disguised as sweets. READ  

Start-up helps new Berliners slash red tape
Hate waiting in line at the Bürgeramt? There's a company that lets you pay to get the perfect appointment. Photo: DPA.

Start-up helps new Berliners slash red tape

Why waste time jumping through the hoops of German bureaucracy when you can pay someone else to take the hassle off your hands? A new Berlin company is offering to do just that - and it's got city officials fuming in the process. READ  

Michael Jackson shrine may have to beat it
A fan visits the makeshift Michael Jackson memorial in Munich. Photo: DPA.

Michael Jackson shrine may have to beat it

A memorial set up in Germany by some of Michael Jackson's most ardent fans the day after his sudden 2009 death has come under threat in a strangely emotional turf war. READ  

Ai Weiwei in Germany as UK slammed over visa
Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei arrived at Munich airport on Thursday, greeted by his son and son's mother, filmmaker Wang Fen. Photo: DPA.

Ai Weiwei in Germany as UK slammed over visa

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Munich on Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his application. READ  

'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?
Regulations for women's parking spaces differ from state to state across Germany. Photo: JG-NF / Wikimedia Commons.

'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?

Frankfurt Airport is one of many places in Germany to offer women their own 'bigger and nicer' parking areas. Is this sensible practice or plain sexist? READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sport
Germany star scores own goal with PR gaffe
Features
'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?
Politics
Satire and reality blur in parody party's strife
National
13-year-old boy detained for trying to join Isis
Culture
Berlin restaurant serves up Greek Crisis Menu
Rhineland
Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue
Society
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Sponsored Article
Outsourcing drives Apreel's Europe growth
Society
Police bust kinky Bavarian couple over painful love-making
Politics
Merkel brings Palestinian girl to tears
Hamburg
Amateur archaeologist finds Nazi gold hoard
National
Could Merkel learn a lesson in love from this doppelganger?
Travel
Why you should stay in Germany for the summer holidays
Sport
German press tell Schweinsteiger 'good riddance'
National
Hamburg gets a bouncing 100kg baby girl
Society
In North Germany, money sometimes DOES grow on trees
National
Hero mechanics stop Bavaria shooting spree
International
Denmark says that border controls are coming
National
Did hackers take control of German missile battery?
Politics
Munich gives gay pride green light
Business & Money
Berlin rent controls hit prices hard
National
Fighting to breastfeed in public without shame
Society
Ice cream for dogs 'gobbled up in one gulp'
Education
Are hotpants a feminist issue?
Rhineland
Lion cub reunited with mother
National
How the heatwave is cracking Germany's Autobahns
International
Why the French are more sympathetic to Greece than the Germans
Sponsored Article
Crans-Montana: International expat hub
Gallery
Police seize pensioner's WW2 heavy weapons haul
National
How to survive the Europe-wide heatwave
Sport
Is Schweini already out of the door at Bayern?
Politics
How German media shaped the Greece crisis
National
Car assembly robot crushes worker at Volkswagen
Rhineland
Weathermen red-faced over heatwave snow warning
Society
An eye for an eye? Mum protects child in playground with pepperspray
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's final day in Germany
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's second day in Germany
National
Queen Elizabeth II's first day in Germany - as it happened
National
Bus passengers tell fake racists where to get off
Politics
What's really in the Queen's handbag?
National
Germans say USA doesn't respect freedom
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

7,287
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd