Looks pretty bad right? But now consider the taxes citizens pay.
In the Netherlands the social security payroll tax on workers is 27% – it does cover more than just retirement benefits though. The standard value added tax (VAT) is 21% and the top income tax rate is about 50% along with other assorted taxes such a tax on on the purchase of a car – based on emissions. A standard emission car has a tax of about $7,000.
There is no easy way to compare one country to another – despite frequent attempts by Sen Sanders. Generous social benefits must be paid for by all the citizens of a country. Politicians who promise more and more based on the other guy paying are fools or liars. It’s just that simple.