Across Europe, nearly a third of couples are keeping financial secrets from their partners – apart from the Dutch, a new survey has found.
Just 13 percent of the Dutch consider keeping money secrets from their partners to be normal behavior, with only 2 percent hiding debt, 13 percent hiding savings and 11 percent hiding their exact earnings, according to the ING International Survey on Savings, which studied the habits of more than 12,000 consumers in an online poll across 13 European countries.
That compares with the supposedly more romantic French, where around 42 percent are keeping money matters in the closet, the study found.
"One of the things we know about the Netherlands is they tend to do financial education quite early. They tend to be responsible with their money," Ian Bright, senior economist at ING, told CNBC.
It's not only about spending, saving and debt. More than 10 percent of European couples are in the dark about how much their partner is earning, with the number rising to around one in five in the U.K., Romania, Turkey and the Czech Republic, the study found.