The Netherlands has the highest percentage of households in the European Union with home internet connections. Only one in eight Dutch people have either no access to the internet from their own home (1.2 million), or do have access, but do not use it (0.5 million).
In 1948, 150 people employed with Philips received the first television sets.
In 2007, there were approximately 15 thousand lawyers in the Netherlands, nearly 4 thousand more than in 2000. The steady increase in the number of lawyers is not merely confined to the Netherlands.
In 2008, more than half of people in the Netherlands who use the internet use it to listen to the radio or watch TV, and nearly half download newspapers.
There were 800 marinas with a total 138 thousand berths in the Netherlands at the end of 2006. Although the overall mooring capacity had hardly changed since 2000, the number of large marinas was one fifth higher.
In 2006, more than 0.7 million people were active in 1,840 tennis clubs. Since 2000, the number of tennis clubs has grown by 40. Membership hardly changed in this period.
Within a decade, the number of water sports clubs increased by 10 percent to 1,050 in 2006. The number of canoe and rowing clubs rose most sharply. Membership of canoe and rowing clubs grew by 40 percent to 33 thousand over the same period.
By the end of 2006, there were 725 public swimming pools, including beach and natural swimming pools. The number of swimming pools declined by 60 over the period 1988-2006.
In the Netherlands, people prefer active participation in sports rather than watching sports events or assisting in sports activities. Active participation is nearly seven times as popular as watching sports events.
Last year, 3.6 million people stayed on Dutch camping sites. The number of camping guests has been all but stable since 2000.
In 2007, Dutch travellers to China spent 141 million euro, an increase by 3 percent relative to 2006.
Last year, 5.6 million Dutch in the age category 18 years and older ((44 percent of the adult population) were active in volunteer work. Most voluntary workers are active in sports clubs.
Last year, 12.5 million Dutch went on holiday at least once. Fewer and fewer people go on holiday without having made prior arrangements.
Nearly 6 in 10 of the Dutch population say they are religious. Only very few of them go to church, to a mosque or other religious assemblies every week, however.
In 2007, an average day out cost 14 euro per person. Adjusted for price changes, this is nearly 11 percent more than in 2002. Altogether, the Dutch spent nearly 13 billion euro on recreational trips, over one billion more than in 2002.
Children from low-income families less often participated in club activities than children from high-income families in 2006. They also went on holiday less often.
More than 2 million people in the Netherlands accessed the Internet using mobile equipment such as a laptop or mobile phone in 2007.
In 2007, bookshops again sold more books, newspapers and magazines. Though there is an increase in online buying, bookshops remain the most important sales channel, accounting for 55 percent of total book sales.
The Dutch are using the Internet for an increasing number of activities. Compared with other countries in Europe, there are not many highly skilled Internet users in the Netherlands.