Western Europe: The Take-Home Game

The newest game people play is called "Take-Home Pay." First, take an executive. Add a wife, two children and a gross annual income of $14,000, and what do you get? In the U.S.—$11,968. A survey of European executives in similar circumstances, conducted by Associated Industrial Consultants of London, shows that the Frenchman plays the game $100 better than his U.S. counterpart. The Norwegian does worst of all. The ranking:

1) France $12,068

2) West Germany 10,682

3) Belgium 10,262

4) U.K. 10,052

5) Ireland 9,912

6) Denmark 8,638

7) The Netherlands 8,386

8) Sweden 8,120

9) Norway 7,168

*Assuming the standard 10% deduction and an average state...

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