These and other facts are presented in De Nederlandse Samenleving 2012, Statistics Netherlands’ report on society in the Netherlands (available in Dutch only). The book gives a picture of prosperity and well-being in the Netherlands today, including differences between population groups and regions.
With the proposed raising of the age at which people are entitled to General Old Age Pension (AOW), the number of people aged over 65 in the potential labour force will reach 0.8 million in 2040.
In 2011 one of the partners moved to the Netherlands to get married in over 8 percent of the marriages involving people with a foreign background. This is slightly less than in the two years before and far less than in 2002.
In 2011 the average age of divorcing men in the Netherlands was nearly 46 years at the time of divorce. In 1991 this was still only 40 years.
The life expectancies at birth for Dutch men and women were 79.2 and 82.9 years respectively in 2011. Male life expectancy has improved rapidly and as a result, the life expectancy gender gap has narrowed considerably.
Last year, 1,647 Dutch residents committed suicide, an increase by 47 relative to 2010.
2365 girls under 20 years of age gave birth in 2011. Fewer than 5 in a thousand teenage girls became mothers in 2011. This is the lowest figure ever observed by Statistics Netherlands.
Population of the Netherlands rose by 14.7 thousand people in the first half of 2012. This is half the increase in the same period last year.
The projected number of over-65s will exceed 3.8 million in 2025. If no action is taken, the number of people entitled to the state old age pension (AOW) in the Netherlands would grow by 1.1 million relative to 1 January 2012. The bill passed by the Dutch Upper Chamber on 10 July will reduce the number of AOW benefits by more than half a million.
Immigration from Eastern Europe remains high. Last year, for example, nearly 19 thousand Polish immigrants came to the Netherlands, i.e. twice as many as in 2007. The immigration flow is also high from a historical point of view.
In the last decade the population of Bonaire has grown by almost 50 percent. In the preceding thirty years, the increase of 10 percent per decade was much smaller. The population growth is mainly the result of immigration. Immigrants have preferences for certain neighbourhoods. This article examines the composition of the population by districts and neighbourhoods. It describes size, growth and country of birth. It also gives the history of the districts.
The composition of families in the Netherlands has changed in the last ten years. More parents are not married and there are fewer large families.
On 1 January last year, 265 thousand couples living in the Netherlands consisted of a partner born in the Netherlands and a foreign partner. Their number has grown by 22 thousand over the past decade. The most remarkable increase was recorded in the number of Dutchmen living with Thai or Russian women, which doubled.
Some 2.4 million babies were born in the Netherlands in the period 1946–1955. Although births also peaked in other countries in western Europe after the war, until the mid 1950s the Dutch birth rate was the highest in the region.
On 1 January last year, there were 1.2 million people in the Netherlands with at least one other nationality in addition to the Dutch nationality, an increase by 40 thousand relative to 1 January 2010.
Nearly 1.5 million people moved house in 2011, almost as many as in 2010. The number of people who moved house in the last six months of 2011 grew marginally relative to the same period in 2010.
On 1 January 2012, the population of the Netherlands totalled more than 16.7 million persons, an increase by 70 thousand from 1 January 2011.
The proportion of 0 to 15-year-old children living with both their own parents declined from 86 percent in 1996 to 82 percent in 2010.
The majority of the Dutch population trust their fellow citizens, politics, the police and the legal system. Confidence has grown over the period 2002-2010.
Dutch people who emigrate between the ages of 50 and 70 are on average richer than their peers who stayed in the Netherlands.
On 1 January 2012, the Netherlands had a population in excess of 16.7 million. On balance, the population growth in 2011 was 72 thousand, i.e. 9 thousand fewer than in 2010.
The majority of the Dutch Caribbean population were born on one of the islands in the former Netherlands Antilles. In most cases, they were born on the island where they currently live or on an adjacent island.
The Dutch Caribbean population comprises more than 21 thousand people, i.e. 15.7 thousand on Bonaire, 3.6 thousand on St Eustatius and 1.8 thousand on Saba.