The great love and the money: How partnership and finances are related to the Germans

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Money or love? The Germans think the best is both: The majority of Germans (81 percent) consider a strong relationship to be important in order to feel financially secure. Nearly one in three (31 percent) also claims that it would have a major impact on their financial position if the partner were no longer there. On behalf of CosmosDirekt, the opinion research institute forsa surveyed 2,001 persons aged 18 and over in Germany on security issues this year. This fact check shows regional differences.

Safe Couple – Partnership provides financial security

  • In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, money is being invested so heavily in partnerships nowhere else in Germany: For 85 percent of those surveyed, having a solid relationship is important in order to feel financially secure.
  • In Bavaria, on the other hand, “only” 75 percent of respondents feel financially secure through a partnership. This puts the Free State at the bottom of the German-wide comparison.

What would I be without you? – If the partner is no longer there

  • The question of whether it would have big or even very large impact on their financial situation, if the partner was no longer there, especially the Saxons answer with “yes”: Almost every second (46 percent) is of this opinion. However, only five percent see very big effects.
  • In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, it is confirmed how important the interviewees there are in a committed relationship: with very large financial consequences, even one in five (21 percent) would have to do without the support of their partner.
  • Lower Saxony is financially more independent from the partner: from the point of view of 76 percent of those surveyed, there would be less or no consequences for their financial situation if the partner were no longer there.

Honey, do you do that! – Who is wearing the pants in the finances

  • Across Germany, 18 percent of respondents say their partner is financially responsible.
  • In Baden-Württemberg, even one in five (22 percent) leaves the responsibility for the money to the loved one. In Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, on the other hand, only one in ten (eleven percent) does so.
  • Even with old-age provision, twelve percent of Germans rely on the support of others. Of these, 58 percent are mainly due to their partner. At 72 percent, the number of people who also rely on their partner for old-age provision is particularly high in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland (72 percent).
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