Social impact of COVID-19

How is the crime rate developing?

In September 2020, the police registered 2.2 thousand more crimes than one year previously. The number of registered domestic burglaries in September was down by 300 year-on-year, representing an 11-percent decline. The number of pickpocketing incidents reported in September stood at 551, i.e. 32 percent less than in the same month last year.

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

In July 2020, Dutch tourist accommodations received 10 percent fewer guests than in the same month last year. The decline still amounted to nearly 50 percent in the previous month. Guest rates at hotels and similar accommodations fell by 24 percent in July year-on-year. Holiday parks and camping sites showed a slight recovery. Numbers went up by 18 and 11 percent respectively. 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-time asylum applications fell by 72 percent relative to the previous quarter and by 76 percent year-on-year. The number of first-time asylum applications in August 2020 was higher than in April, May and June. Around 1.6 thousand people applied for asylum in August, similar to the total number of asylum applications in Q2. Read more

How is the population developing?

In August, total population growth stood at 12.9 thousand, i.e. over 7.5 thousand more than in July. The population still contracted by over 5.6 thousand inhabitants in April, the highest increase on record. The peak of COVID-19 mortality occurred in that month. In August, births exceeded deaths by 2.5 thousand. In addition, nearly 10.3 thousand inhabitants were added on balance due to external migration; in April and May, there was hardly any increase in net migration. 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

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

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 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 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