Wednesday 25 May 2022

A decade in statistics: How the Netherlands changed in 10 years

Photo: Wouter Engler via Wikimedia Commons

National statistics agency CBS has issued a list of key indicators showing how the Netherlands has changed over the past 10 years. Here are the highlights:

The population has grown from 16.6 million to 17.3 million. While the number of people rose 4%, the number of individual households was up 7%.

The population is getting older. In 2020, 15% of the population were 65 or older, but that has now gone up to 19%.

Gross domestic product rose 8% between 2010 and 2018 per head of the population. The 2019 figures have not yet been finalised.

In 2018, 9.4 million people had a job, up from 8.8 million in 2010. Of them, 7.8 million had a formal contract and 1.5 million were self employed, a rise of 11% on the beginning of the decade.

Some 97% of the Dutch now have access to the internet, 92% have a mobile phone or smart phone (a rise of 36% on 2012) and 79% shop online.

Some 53% of the population now say they have no religious affiliation, a rise of eight percentage points on 2010.

Fewer people are victims of crime. In 2010 21% of the population said they had been the victim of a crime but by 2017 that had fallen to 15%.

The number of homes in the Netherlands grew by almost 5% between 2012 and 2018 – or 366,000 properties.

In January 2014, there were just 4,600 fully electric cars on the Dutch roads. Five years on, this has grown to 44,700.

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