The average life expectancy of people living in households with incomes below the poverty line is approximately 5 years shorter than the life expectancy of higher incomes. The healthy life expectancy of higher incomes is no less than 14 years longer.
The Dutch population is estimated to grow by 86 thousand in 2009. The increase exceeds last year’s population growth by 5.5 thousand.
On 1 January 2009, just over 1.1 million people in the Netherlands had at least one other nationality alongside the Dutch nationality. This is nearly three times the number on 1 January 1995.
On 1 January 2008 there were over 70 thousand refugees living in the Netherlands.
In the first nine months of 2009 there were fewer marriages than the year before. In 2009 as a whole there will be about 72 thousand marriages, 3.5 thousand less than in 2008. This decrease has to do with the economic downturn.
On 1 January 2009, a quarter of a million people from eastern Europe had settled in the Netherlands, nearly four times as many as during the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, twenty years ago to the day.
The decrease in the number of marriage migration came to an end in 2008. Just as in 2007, 8 percent of people in the Netherlands with a foreign background who married, did so with a partner who migrated from their own country of origin.
In some parts of the Netherlands, especially in the periphery of the country, the population will decrease substantially in the next thirty years. In one quarter of Dutch municipalities the number of inhabitants will fall by more than 2.5 percent by 2040; a total of one quarter of a million inhabitants.
Some 700 thousand people in the Netherlands say they have plans to live abroad for a period of at least eight months.
Many older people no longer live in their native region. Over-55s, notably those born in the south and east part of the Netherlands, tend to return to their native region later in life.
In the second quarter of 2009, the relocation rate declined by 10 percent relative to one year previously.
The number of one-person households will have mounted up to 3.6 million in 2050, an increase by 1 million compared to the current situation. Over the next two decades, the annual increase will be 30 to 40 thousand.
The population group in the Netherlands with a non-western foreign background will age strongly in the next few decades. According to Statistics Netherlands’ latest forecast of the foreign population in the Netherlands, the number of over-65s with a non-western foreign background will increase from just under 70 thousand today to more than 520 thousand in 2050.
The number of people moving house in the Netherlands was 45 thousand lower in the first four months of 2009 than in the same period last year.
The number of requests for asylum submitted in the Netherlands in 2008 nearly doubled compared to 2007. The increase is much more substantial than in the European Union (EU) as a whole, where the number of asylum requests rose by 6 percent.
The number of over-65s is expected to rise from 2.5 million in 2009 to 4.2 million in 2050.
Nearly 7 in 10 women aged between 18 and 45 used contraceptives last year; 40 percent took the oral contraceptive pill, as against nearly 50 percent in 1998.
Three people born in the nineteenth century are currently still alive. They belong to the exclusive yet rapidly growing group of centenarians in the Netherlands.
One in five people who marry nowadays have been married before.
In 2008, net population growth in the Netherlands was more than 81 thousand, i.e. 34 thousand more than in 2007.
In the first four weeks of 2009, mortality among the older population was more than one thousand higher than in the preceding years.
In 2001, immigration from the former Soviet republics reached a record level, when more than 6 thousand people came to the Netherlands. Since 2004, immigration is stable at approximately 3 thousand a year. Most immigrants come from the Caucasus region, e.g. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
In 2007, some 80 thousand non-Dutch immigrants entered the Netherlands. Finding a job was the main motive.