The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
The recent crisis and interest rate declines have put the financial sustainability of the Dutch occupational pension system under severe strain. The benefit-cutting measures have been received by the public as an unexpected and almost unknown option inherent in the pension contracts. Adding to the strain on the pension funds is an unexpected increment in the longevity of the Dutch population. The transparency and risk-sensitive framework of pension funds regulation has brought the question of the sustainability of the Dutch pension system.