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July 12, 2021

Danish households are the richest in the European Union, according to a data analysis by the country’s central bank. 

The average household in Denmark had 1.88 million Danish krone ($300,000) in financial assets as of the fourth quarter of 2020. 

The data was extracted from the European Central Bank’s disclosure of financial accounts for the EU’s 27 member states. 

The figures showed that Danes typically also had higher debts, at 560,000 Danish krone, only beaten by Luxembourg, where people typically had 660,000 Danish krone in liabilities. 

However, Danmarks Nationalbank pointed out that the majority of Danes’ liabilities were in bank and mortgage debt “with real estate collateral (approximately 86 per cent).” 

“Thus, the Danes’ debt is largely offset by the value of housing wealth, which is not included in financial wealth,” the central bank explained. 

Overall Danes had net financial wealth of 1.32 million Danish krone, nearly three times the EU average of 450,000 Danish krone. 

Denmark’s central bank also stressed that while this wealth was the average, there was a significant difference between individuals. 

For instance, the central bank said that Danes with the largest incomes tended to have the more assets and liabilities, while people who were older tended have bigger pensions. 

The central bank’s analysis showed Danes’ wealth had grown even more in the first quarter of this year, to an average of 24,000 Danish krone per person. 

Households in the Netherlands had the second-highest amount in financial assets, at 1.58 million Danish krone, followed by Luxembourg (1.59 million Danish krone) and Sweden (1.51 Danish krone). 

Meanwhile, households in Romania were found to be the poorest in the EU, with just 80,000 Danish krone in financial assets.