• Germany edition
 
Women still 'much poorer' than partners
Photo: DPA

Women still 'much poorer' than partners

Published: 10 Feb 2013 10:36 GMT+01:00
Updated: 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On average women have €33,000 less than their male other halves, according to unpublished figures seen by Welt am Sonntag.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)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

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
Germany tells citizens to get out of Libya
Fighting has broken out in Libya's capital in recent weeks, including at Tripoli Airport. Photo: EPA/STR

Germany tells citizens to get out of Libya

UPDATE: Germany on Sunday advised all citizens currently in Libya to immediately leave the strife-torn country, following measures taken by countries including Britain and the United States. READ  

Cops nab suspected molester of 175 kids
File photo: DPA

Cops nab suspected molester of 175 kids

German police have arrested a 52-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting 175 minors, most of them pre-adolescents, a prosecutor told the DPA news agency on Saturday. READ  

Technical glitch & boos kick-off Wagner fest
A scene from the opening night production of "Tannhäuser" at the 2014 Bayreuth Festival. Photo: DPA

Technical glitch & boos kick-off Wagner fest

The opening night Friday of the world-famous Bayreuth Festival, the month-long summer opera extravaganza dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, was halted for nearly an hour due to a technical hitch while fans were not impressed with the modern take of "Tannhäuser". READ  

Lufthansa to resume Tel Aviv flights
A Lufthansa flight at Ben Gurion International Airport. Photo: DPA

Lufthansa to resume Tel Aviv flights

UPDATE: German flag carrier Lufthansa said Friday evening it would resume flights to and from Tel Aviv on Saturday after a four-day suspension due to the conflict in the Gaza strip. READ  

Pro-Gaza, Israel marches choke city centres
Protesters gather in Berlin on Friday. Photo: DPA

Pro-Gaza, Israel marches choke city centres

UPDATE: Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrators marched in Berlin and other cities on Friday's International Quds Day, as thousands of police stood ready to deal with excesses, including anti-Semitism that had marred earlier protests. READ  

Finders are keepers in Berlin cash hunt
Money will be hidden around Berlin. Photo: @HiddenCash/Twitter

Finders are keepers in Berlin cash hunt

A California millionaire, who became an internet phenomenon by hiding cash and tweeting hints about its location, is bringing the frenzy to Germany this weekend. READ  

'Police killer' confesses to shooting officer
Officers searching a field on Thursday near the scene of the killing. Photo: DPA

'Police killer' confesses to shooting officer

UPDATE: A suspect has been arrested following the killing of an off-duty police officer in western Germany on Wednesday night. The shooting sparked a large manhunt near Frankfurt on Thursday. READ  

German tourist shot dead in Kenya
Two foreign tourists were murdered in Mombasa this month. Photo: DPA

German tourist shot dead in Kenya

Kenyan police said on Friday a female tourist shot dead in the coastal city of Mombasa was from Germany, the second such killing of a foreign visitor by gunmen there this month. READ  

Firms would back Russia sanctions '100 percent'
Flowers laid to the victims of the MH17 plane crash at the Korporaal van Oudheusdenkazerne army barracks in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Photo: EPA/JERRY LAMPEN

Firms would back Russia sanctions '100 percent'

German industry would support "100 percent" tougher sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, the chairman of a major business lobby said on Friday. READ  

Expat Dispatches
What do you love about Germany?
Photo: DPA

What do you love about Germany?

This week's Expat Dispatches is gathering a lengthy list of everything we love about Germany. Blogger and writer Liv Hambrett starts with her reasons why she loves the country. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Society
Should we all get €12,000 a year?
Photo: DPA
Education
Top university switches master's courses to English
instagram.com/gotzemario
Gallery
Germany's World Cup stars share their holiday photos
Travel
Plans unveiled for bike trail along former Iron Curtain
Photo: DPA
Sport
Yoga helped Jogi's boys bring World Cup home
Photo: DPA
National
Pressure on police over anti-Semitic protests
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The Local List: 12 best words in German
Photo: DPA
Politics
View from Germany: 'Nobody will win in an economic war with Russia'
Photo: DPA
Gallery
German Bucket List: How many of these can you tick off?
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: Shutterstock
Features
Some of the most embarrassing mistakes you can make in German
Education
Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
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

3,309
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd