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Incomes in Northern provinces lag further behind, Utrecht tops list

Tags: Excerpts from the Windmill

LEEUWARDEN Prosperity in the Netherlands varies widely between the agrarian northern region, the large cities and the smaller commuter towns. Statistics show that the northern provinces of Friesland and Groningen are steadily falling farther behind. The same thing is happening in the northern cities of Leeuwarden, Groningen, and also Rotterdam which ranks at the bottom. It appears that high income earners have moved to smaller towns, depressing the statistics for cities. The central Dutch province of Utrecht scores highest on the income ladder. It displaced neighbours North and South Holland. North Brabant and Gelderland, which once lagged behind, now have reached the national average in earning power. The study compared the results of 2000 with those of 1950.