Wednesday 10 August 2022

Post WWI baby boom boosts Dutch centenarian total to 2,600


Some 2,600 people in the Netherlands have now reached the age of at least 100 and that is an increase of 400 on 2017, national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

The CBS had forecast a sharp rise in the number of centenarians following the baby boom in the years after World War II.

The increase comes despite the impact of coronavirus, which disproportionately affected the elderly who lived in residential homes.

Zeeland has the most centenarians per head of the population and Flevoland, a relatively new province, the least. Women account for 80% of the over-100s.

By the end of the decade, the CBS expects the number of centenarians in the Netherlands to have topped 3,500.

The Netherlands’ oldest resident is Ebeltje Boekema-Hut from Leek in Groningen, who is 110.

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.