Social impact of COVID-19

How is the crime rate developing?

In November 2020, the police registered 4 thousand fewer crimes than one year previously, i.e. a decline of around 6 percent. The number of registered domestic burglaries in November was down by almost 1,300 year-on-year, representing a 31-percent decline. The number of pickpocketing incidents reported in November stood at around 400, i.e. 64 percent less than in the same month last year. In the months of June to September, the number of registered crimes was higher than one year previously. In March, April and May 2020, the police also registered fewer crimes than in the same months of 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 decline in the number of guests staying in overnight accommodations?

In September 2020, Dutch tourist accommodations received over 20 percent fewer guests than in the same month last year. The decline amounted to nearly 50 percent in June. Guest rates at hotels and similar accommodations fell by over 30 percent in September year-on-year. Only campsites recorded an increase, with over one-quarter more guests. Developments at overnight accommodations are related to the fact that foreign guests are staying away. For most accommodation types, the number of Dutch guests was higher than one year previously. Read more

How is the population developing?

In October, total population growth stood at more than 8 thousand. As in previous months, growth was lower than in the same month of 2019. In April, there was even a decline in population. The population still contracted by over 5.6 thousand inhabitants in that month, the highest increase on record. The peak of COVID-19 mortality occurred in that month. In October, deaths exceeded births by more than 150. The population growth was therefore entirely due to positive net migration. Read more

How much decline is seen in the number of asylum applications?

The international and national measures introduced in March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have resulted in a lower influx of asylum seekers and following family members. In Q2 2020, the number of first asylum applications was only one-quarter of that in the same quarter last year. After reaching the lowest point in April, the number has rebounded. However, it is not yet at the level of 2019. In October, there were more than 1400 asylum applications, one-third of the number in October 2019. There were also around 100 fewer applications than in the previous month, reducing the number of applications for the first time since April. Read more

How many Dutch people went on holiday in June?

In June 2020, 2.2 million Dutch people went on holiday. This is 2.8 million fewer than in the same month last year, a 55-percent decrease. In Q2 2020, the decline was 71 percent relative to Q2 2019. In the first quarter, the decline was still 18 percent. In Q2, there were hardly any foreign holidays, while domestic holidays showed a cautious recovery. 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

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 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