Social impact of COVID-19

How is the crime rate developing?

In May 2021, the police registered 5 thousand fewer crimes than one year previously, i.e. a decrease of nearly 8 percent. The police mainly registered less cybercrime (-43 percent) in May. There were also over 1,000 fewer crimes against property compared to one year previously (-18 percent), and the number of registered cases of threatening behaviour and abuse was down year-on-year as well (-9 percent). In April, the number of crimes was still at around the same level as in April 2020. Between October 2020 and February 2021, the number of registered crimes was lower than one year previously. This was also the case in May 2021.

How is the population developing?

In April 2021, the population of the Netherlands grew by 6.5 thousand. Last year, the population still declined by 5.6 thousand in April. Births exceeded deaths by 1 thousand. On balance, 5.5 thousand new inhabitants were added due to external migration. Last year, deaths still exceeded births and there were more emigrants than immigrants. Population dynamics; month and year

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

In March 2021, Dutch tourist accommodations received 31 percent fewer guests than in the same month last year. Guest rates at hotels and similar accommodations fell most sharply, by 32 percent year-on-year. Foreign guests stayed away in particular. At hotels and similar accommodations and at campsites, the number of Dutch guests was even higher year-on-year. For all accommodation types, the number of foreign guests was lower than one year previously. Overnight accommodation; guests, country of residence, type, region

How is the number of asylum applications developing?

The international and national measures introduced in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have resulted in a lower influx of asylum seekers and following family members. After reaching the lowest point in April 2020, the number has rebounded. However, it is not yet at the level of 2019. More than 2,700 first-time asylum applications were submitted in Q1 2021. This is approximately 30 percent less than in the last quarter of 2020 and nearly 39 percent less than in Q1 2020, when there were nearly 4,500 first-time requests. Read more

How many workers come into contact with potentially infected persons, animals or materials?

At the end of 2020, 10 percent all workers indicated they have frequent or continuous physical contact with potentially infected persons, animals or materials. In 2019, this share stood at 6 percent.

In which occupations are workers continuously in close proximity to other people?

At the end of 2020, 57 percent of all workers said they meet with e.g. colleagues, patients, customers or pupils many times during the working day. In 2018, the last time they were asked this question, this share stood at 69 percent.

How many Dutch people went on holiday in the summer of 2020?

In 2020, the number of Dutch people who went on holiday in their own country during the summer months was up by over one-quarter compared to 2019. This is a substantial recovery compared to the first half of 2020, when the number of domestic holidays was more than 30 percent lower year-on-year due to the coronavirus measures. Although holidays abroad showed a recovery in Q3 2020, the number was still almost 60 percent lower than in 2019.

How many Dutch people normally play sports?

In 2019, 10 percent of adults said they practised a team or contact sport and 9 percent followed group lessons. 28 percent practised an individual sport indoors, including swimming, and 22 percent practised individual sports outdoors. Of the adult Dutch population, 22 percent practised one or more team, contact, group or swimming sports. These are sports that have not been permitted under the coronavirus measures since 4 November.

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

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.

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 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 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 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

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 secondary school students were in their final year during school year 2019/'20?

During school year 2019/'20, there were 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). These students did not do their final examinations, as they got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How many primary school pupils were in their final year during school year 2019/'20?

During school year 2019/'20, there were around 175 thousand pupils in group 8 of mainstream primary education.

How many key workers have children?

One-quarter of key workers had a child up to the age of 12 (Q4 2019). Approximately 10 percent had a child under the age of 4. Parents and carers with a crucial occupation could rely on child care during the partial lockdown so that they could continue to work. Read more