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€2,603 per household: Belgians have the 7th highest household savings in the world

Belgium is in the top 10 countries with the highest household savings in the world. CityIndex analysed global data on household savings, including mean disposable income, mean household savings and long-term interest rates, to ultimately discover the countries with the highest household savings in the world.

Key findings:

  • Belgium ranks 9th with a Total Savings Score of 9.48 out of 10
  • Switzerland leads the rating with a total savings score of 9.83/10, and the lowest mean long-term interest rates
  • The United States of America has the highest mean household disposable income on the list ($42,592) but just 7% of this is put toward savings ($246 per month)

The countries with the highest household savings:

  County Mean household disposable income in USD* Mean household savings in USD from disposable income* % of disposable income put toward savings Mean long-term interest rates Total savings score
1. Switzerland $35,311 $5908 17% 1.44 9.83
2. Luxembourg $40,395 $3028 8% 2.35 9.69
3. United States of America  $42,592 $2961 7% 3.21 9.67
4. Chile $14,004 $1532 11% 5.19 9.63
5. Germany $32,997 $3568 11% 2.28 9.62
6. Austria $31,792 $3058 10% 2.61 9.55
7. Netherlands  $31,304 $2475 8% 2.47 9.51
8. France $29,663 $2876 10% 2.62 9.49
9. Belgium $29,837 $2778 9% 2.75 9.48
10. Sweden $28,611 $2814 10% 2.55 9.47

Data is calculated between 2000-2022. *Mean household disposable income & savings are calculated per annum. Exchange rates may have an impact on the final rankings, for clarification see the methodology.

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Belgium ranks 9th with a total savings score of 9.48 out of 10. The country has  mean household savings of $2,475, 22% higher than Norway at $2,029. Belgium residents benefit from a mean household disposable income of $31,304, 8%of which goes towards their savings. As well as this, Belgium has one of the lowest mean long-term interest rates (2.47).

Switzerland residents have the highest household savings with a total savings score of 9.83 out of 10. Households in Switzerland save 17% of their gross income, with $5,908 per year saved on average between 2000-2022. This is 48% higher than the neighbouring country of Austria ($3,058) in the same time period, despite having a similar population size. Switzerland also has the lowest long-term interest rates at 1.44 since 2000 — 63% lower than the long-term interest rates in Luxembourg (2.345).

Luxembourg ranks second with a total savings score of 9.69/10. The country has thesecond-highest household disposable income between 2000-2022 ($40,398), 35% higher than in the neighbouring country of Belgium ($29,837). Luxembourg residents have mean household savings of $3,028,with 8% of their disposable income put toward savings. Not only this, Luxembourg’s long-term interest rates stand at 2.35, which arethe third lowest interest rates globally behind Switzerland (1.44) and Germany (2.28).

In third place is the United States of America with a total savings score of 9.67 out of 10. With the dollar exchange rate taken into account,the USA has the highest mean household disposable income in the ranking  ($42,592), 45% higher than Canada ($29,442) and 3 times higher than Mexico ($14,102). CityIndex found that American residents have a mean average household savings of $2,961, with 7% of their disposable income going into their savings.

Chile ranks fourth with a total savings score of 9.63 out of 10. Chile has one of the highest long-term interest rates (5.19) and the lowest mean disposable income at $14,004. Despite this, Chile residents manage to put 11% of their disposable income towards their savings — 3% more than Luxembourg in second place — equating to $1,532 in mean household savings.

Sweden stands out for lower than average long-term interest rates. The country ranks 10th,with a total savings score of 9.47 out of 10. Swedish households have a mean household disposable income of $28,611, over double that of Poland ($16,736), putting 10% of this toward their savings on average. Sweden has a lower-than-average long-term interest rate compared to other countries in the ranking (2.55) along with impressive mean household savings ($2,814), 12 times more than Finland ($242).

Source: https://www.cityindex.com/en-uk/.

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