Net population growth in the Netherlands numbered 76 thousand people in 2008, nearly 30 thousand more than in 2007.
Multiple births accounted for 3,062 babies born in the Netherlands in 2007. This is down from 3,762 in 2002. Fewer twins in particular are being born. The fall in the number of twin births is connected with developments in in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Over one million more people are expected to be living in the Netherlands in thirty years’ time. According to Statistics Netherlands latest national population forecast, the population will grow from 16.5 million today to 17.5 million, and then start to decrease again.
On 1 January 2008, there were 1.08 million people in the Netherlands with at least one foreign nationality, i.e. nearly three times as many as on 1 January 1995. Nearly half of them also have the Turkish or Moroccan nationality.
In the first nine months of this year, 140 thousand children were born, nearly 3 thousand more than in the same period last year.
In 2007, well over 26 thousand people with a foreign background got married.
More than 31 thousand Americans were living in the Netherlands op 1 January 2008. Many more Dutch people live in the United States: according to the US Bureau of the Census, over 100 thousand Dutch people lived there in 2001.
As more married and unmarried couples with children decide to split up, the number of single parents in the Netherlands continues to grow.
In the first six months of 2008, the population increased by nearly 30 thousand, because more people arrived in the Netherlands than left the country.
Last year, female life expectancy at birth was 82.3 years, as against 78.0 years for men. Life expectancy has risen dramatically since 2002.
Last year, 40 percent of all children in the Netherlands were born to unmarried mothers, i.e. half of all first-born children.
In 2025, there will be 8 million households in the Netherlands, an increase by 800 thousand relative to early 2007.
Higher educated women become mothers later in life than women educated at secondary or lower level.
Although most children in the Netherlands grow up with two parents, one in seven children experience the divorce of their parents. After a divorce, the contact between children and their fathers deteriorates.
The drowning rate is higher among children from non-western countries who recently immigrated to the Netherlands than among native Dutch children.
The number of families with four or more children living at home has dropped dramatically over the past decade. The decline was more substantial among families with a non-western background than among native Dutch families.
Nearly 32 thousand people immigrated to the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2008, nearly 6 thousand more than twelve months previously.
On 1 January 2004, there were 770 thousand people in the Netherlands who were born in Rotterdam. Four in ten natives of Rotterdam (302 thousand) are still living in the town where they were born, so the majority of them live elsewhere.
Just over 76 thousand first and second generation former Yugoslavs were living in the Netherlands on 1 January 2008. An estimated 11 percent of these, some 8.5 thousand, can be counted as Kosovars.
In 2007, just over 123 thousand emigrants left the Netherlands, 9 thousand fewer than in 2006. For the first time since 2000, the upward trend was abandoned.
On 1 January 2008, the Dutch population totalled 16.4 millon.
In recent years, the number of men in their 40s who become fathers has continually grown. In 2006, about 24 thousand babies were born whose fathers were in their 40s, i.e. 14 percent of all babies born in 2006, as against 9 percent a decade ago.