Saturday 28 November 2020

Haarlemmermeer, Amsterdam economies hardest hit by coronavirus crisis

A closed cafe in Amsterdam. Photo:

The Haarlemmermeer and Amsterdam regions have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, national statistics agency CBS said on Wednesday.

Both regional economies contracted sharply in the third quarter of the year. Haarlemmermeer, which is home to Schiphol airport, contracted by around 20%, the CBS said, while the impact on the capital was between 6% and 7%.

Nevertheless, regional economies overall were less severely impacted than in the second quarter, as many of the coronavirus regulations were relaxed.

In the April to June period, the economy of Haarlemmermeer contracted by as much as 29% as air traffic came to a virtual standstill. In Amsterdam the shrinkage was up to 14%.

Sectors which have performed well despite the coronavirus crisis include energy, wholesalers,  insurers and abattoirs and this has reduced the impact on areas such as eastern Groningen (gas), western Utrecht and Almere (logistics) and the Veluwe region (logistics and meat processing).

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.