Friday 13 December 2019

Four in 10 Dutch youngsters are religious, but most don’t go to church

The number of Dutch youngsters who say they belong to a particular religion has gone down sharply over the past few years, according to new research by national statistics office CBS.

In 2010, 49% of 15 to 25-year-olds said they were religious, but that had fallen to 41% by 2015.

While 59% have no religion, 17% say they are Catholic, 11% Protestant and 8% Muslim. Protestant youth are most likely to go to church – 56% attend a service at least once a month. Some 36% of Muslim youngsters say they go the mosque on a monthly basis.

By contrast, just 6% of young Catholics attend mass on a regular basis. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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