Social impact of COVID-19

How many Dutch people went on holiday in March?

In March 2020, 1.5 million Dutch people went on holiday. This is 1.7 million fewer and a decrease of more than 50 percent compared to the same month last year. When looking at the first quarter of 2020, the decrease is 18 percent year-on-year. The decline applies to holidays abroad as well as in the Netherlands.

How is the population developing?

In May, total population growth stood at over 1,300. Births exceeded deaths by over one thousand. In April, the population still declined by over 5,600, a record number. That month saw the peak of COVID-19 mortality. In May, the number of immigrants was down by nearly half year-on-year, just as in April. Almost 9 thousand immigrants settled in the Netherlands. The number of emigrants leaving the country was more or less equally large. On balance, over 200 new inhabitants were added due to external migration. Read more

How is the crime rate developing?

In May 2020, the police registered nearly 2.6 thousand fewer crimes than one year previously. There were 9.2 thousand fewer crimes year-on-year in the previous month (April). The number of registered domestic burglaries in both April and May was down by nearly 1,400 year-on-year, representing a 50-percent decline. The number of pickpocketing incidents reported in April fell by 80 percent relative to last year, to 230. In May, the number of pickpocketing incidents stood at 285, 73 percent less than in the same month last year.

What is the decline in the number of guests staying in overnight accommodations?

In Q1 2020, the number of guests staying in Dutch overnight accommodations declined by 17 percent relative to the same period last year. Hotels and similar accommodations in particular received fewer guests. The decline was mainly seen among foreign guests; relative to one year previously, as much as 66 percent fewer foreign visitors stayed at a Dutch accommodation in March. Read more

How much decline is seen in the number of weddings?

During the weeks following the introduction of coronavirus restrictive measures, fewer marriages were concluded than in the same period last year. The weekly average number of couples tying the knot was almost halved in weeks 12 to 20 inclusive, relative to the same period in 2019. Still, every week over 500 couples on average said ‘I do’. Read more

What is the living situation of the elderly in the Netherlands?

In 2014, there were altogether nearly 1.9 million people aged 70 or older who were living independently; in this group, 38 percent were single while 13 percent had either no children or had children living abroad. 7 percent of the elderly had neither a partner nor children. 29 percent of the elderly with children had an average living distance of more than 30 km from those children. The highest share of elderly without partner or children is found in the cities; on the other hand, the elderly in less urbanised areas were living farther away from their children. Read more

By how much has the number of asylum requests decreased?

In March 2020, the number of first asylum requests stood at 1,025. This is 40 percent down on the first two months of 2020 and 850 fewer than in March 2019. The number of following family members dropped as well, to 125. This is 26.7 percent of the numbers recorded in January and February 2020. Read more

How much contact do people normally have with family, friends or neighbours?

In 2019, 83 percent of the population had at least weekly contact with family. The majority also had weekly contact with friends (76 percent) and neighbours (58 percent). Of the young people (aged 15 to 24 years), who normally see their friends almost daily at school, 96 percent had contact with their friends at least once a week. Elderly people see or speak to their neighbours more often: nearly three-quarters of the over-65s had weekly contact with their neighbours.

In which occupations do workers come into contact with potentially infected persons, animals or materials?

In 2019, laboratory technicians had the most frequent physical contact with potentially infected persons or animals or materials of all workers. They were followed by medical practice assistants, specialised nurses, nurses at MBO-4 level and physicians. In total, 6 percent of workers had frequent or continuous physical contact with potentially infected persons, animals or materials.

Which employees continuously work in close proximity to other people?

In 2018, specialised nurses, hairdressers and beauticians had the highest exposure to other people. More than 90 percent of workers in these occupations were often or continuously in proximity to other people while at work.

How many residents of Belgium and Germany own a holiday home in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands has a total of 13.7 thousand holiday homes with an owner who was a resident of Belgium (2.95 thousand) or Germany (10.75 thousand) on 1 October 2019. The most popular Dutch municipality among owners living in Belgium is Sluis with 1,120 holiday homes. The highest number of German-owned holiday homes is found in another municipality in Zeeland: Schouwen Duiveland (1,640 holiday homes), followed by Schagen (1,320) and Sluis (1,000).

How many households with minor children are there?

On 1 January 2019, there were almost 1.9 million families with children under the age of 18 in the Netherlands. In 1.3 million of these households, the youngest child was under the age of 12; in 563 thousand households, the youngest child was 12 to 17 years old. There were 356 thousand single-parent households with minor children.

How many people in the Netherlands suffer from loneliness?

In 2019, nine percent of the Dutch population aged 15 and over experienced a strong sense of social and/or emotional isolation; 26 percent of the population sometimes experienced loneliness. Severe loneliness is most common among single parents and single individuals.
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How many people are living in nursing homes?

On 1 January 2019, more than 115 thousand people were living in a care or nursing home.

How many people aged 65 and over live in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands has more than 3 million over-65s living in private households and more than 100 thousand in institutional households, for example in nursing or care homes. In total, approximately 20 percent of the Dutch population are over the age of 65.

How many secondary school students are currently in their final year?

There are altogether 40.5 thousand students in their final year of pre-university education (VWO), 56.5 thousand students in their final year of senior general secondary education (HAVO) and almost 102 thousand students in their final year of preparatory secondary vocational education (VMBO).

How many primary school pupils are currently in their final year?

There are currently around 175 thousand pupils in group 8 of mainstream primary education.

How many Dutch people engage in regular physical activity?

In 2018, more than 60 percent of children between ages 4 and 12 and around half of the adult population indicated that they exercised on a weekly basis. One-quarter of the adults were members of a fitness centre, swimming pool or other sports provider, and almost 19 percent were members of a sports association.

How many Dutch people live without internet access at home?

In 2019, 3 percent of the Dutch population aged 12 years and over did not have internet access at home. This is equivalent to around 453 thousand people. Those aged 75 and over are most likely to lack home internet access. In 2019, this held true for 23 percent of the over-75s.
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How many key workers have young children?

One-quarter (780 thousand persons) of the 3.1 million key workers had children under the age of 12 in Q4 2019. This group comprises 11 percent (340 thousand persons) with children under the age of 4. Read more