Christmas Gift Spending by Country

The Economist features an interesting chart this week, showing the correlation between a country’s wealth, and the average amount its citizens spend on Christmas gifts. Note the two outliers, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Despite their considerable wealth, the Dutch have clearly maintained their minimalist austerity chic. Not the case in Luxembourg, which has the highest GDP per capita in the EU, and the third highest in the world. So, while you may get a pair of wooden shoes for the holidays from that Dutch relative of yours, that Luxembourgian uncle stands to be much more generous.

It’s also worth noting America’s position. Despite considerably less per capita wealth, we appear to be spending only about $70 less per person than the Luxembourgers. Interesting also that despite their crushing debt woes, the Irish are big givers, at least compared to their PIGS companions: Portugal, Greece and Spain.

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  1. Joost says:

    Lying statisics:

    First of all it should be calculated on a ‘disposable’ income basis post Dutch 52% tax rate, second on December 5th the Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas, the biggest annual childrens event,
    Finally who still believes in St Claus… it must be the Americans and the Luxembourgers…

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  2. TaosBill says:

    Would like to see Christmas spending stats for 1% – 99% as a percent of salary. Think this would show how the “trickle down” theory is pure fantasy.

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