Population register data, basis for the Netherlands' population statistics

Population statistics in the Netherlands are based on the digitized municipal population registers. These registers provide the personal information of residents and non-residents.
At the beginning of each calendar year Statistics Netherlands collects a selection of data for every registered person. In addition to this, when a person undergoes a demographic event this is also up-dated in the register and Statistics Netherlands is informed without delay by means of an electronic message. These data are the building blocks for the Dutch population statistics. These population register data are also used to construct sampling frames for surveys that are carried out by Statistics Netherlands.