Enterprises; sizeclass and legal form, 2006-2010

Table description

This table includes information on the number of enterprises and
institutions broken down by the National Classification of Economic
Activity 2008 (NCEA 2008, based on NACE Rev 2.0). Besides the breakdown
by NCEA, the number of enterprises is broken down by size class or legal
form. The number of enterprises is rounded by a multiple of 5. The data
refer to the situation on 1 January of the year concerned.

Data available from: 2006

Status of the figures:
All data recorded in this publication are definite.

Last changes:
Data broken down by NCEA 1993 have been converted to data broken down by
NCEA 2008.

When will new figures be published?
Changes as of 20 April 2012:
This table has been stopped.
Two points in the processing of the data have changed:
- the statistical unit has been changed.
- the check on economic activity of an enterprise has been broadened. As a consequence of this, more entrepeneurs have entered the population of Dutch enterprises.
Due to these changes, the figures are no longer comparable to those of the previous years. Therefore a new table has been started from 2007 onwards.

Description topics

Number of Enterprises
The number of Enterprises is rounded on a multiple of 5.
The actual transactor in the production process characterised by
independence in decisions about the process and by providing products to
The sizeclass is derived from the number of persons employed
1 person employed
2 persons employed
3 to 5 persons employed
5 to 10 persons employed
10 to 20 persons employed
20 to 50 persons employed
50 to 100 persons employed
100 to 150 persons employed
150 to 200 persons employed
200 to 250 persons employed
250 to 500 persons employed
500 to 1000 persons employed
1000 to 2000 persons employed
2000 persons employed or more
Legal form
Form of juridical registration
Sole proprietor
A legal entity with no legal personality, where one natural person owns
the business. The owner is entirely liable for all business and capital
matters. There is no distinction between business assets and personal
Limited partnership
This class includes
- Limited partnership
- Shipping company
Limited partnership
Agreement with no legal personality between two or more partners to run a
business. The partners contribute business capital, which is not
separated from their personal assets ('separate estate'). The jurisdiction
of each partner is limited and assigned in a partnership contract.
A partner can be a legal entity with or without legal personality.
Shipping company
In a shipping company, at least two persons own a ship together.
General partnership
This class includes
- General partnership (firm)
- Commandite partnership
General partnership (firm)
Agreement with no legal personality between two or more partners to run a
business. The partners contribute business capital, which is separated
from their personal assets ('separate estate'), and which may be used
solely for the business. Each partner has unlimited liability, including
personal assets, for obligations entered into by the partnership, even if
these are entered into by another partner.
Commandite partnership
The partners in this partnership are either controlling or silent.
The controlling partner has the unlimited liability, including
personal assets, for obligations entered into by the partnership
unlimited. A silent partner is only financially involved and has a
limited liability towards his financial contribution in the partnership.
Limited Liability (Private)
Entity with legal personality whose capital is divided into shares. The
shares are nominative shares and are not freely transferable. The
liability of the shareholders is limited to the amount of their
Corporation (Public Limited)
Entity with legal personality whose capital is divided into shares which
are freely transferable. The transferability of shares may be limited,
and shares may be nominative shares or bearer shares.
Cooperative association
This class includes
- cooperative societies;
- mutual insurance companies.
Cooperative societies and mutual insurance companies are special forms of
associations. The association serves the material interests of its
members by entering into agreements with them. In the case of cooperative
societies, the profits may be paid out to members. Mutual insurance
companies are associations in which members take out policies for the
insurance the company provides.
Association or foundation
This class includes
- Associations
- Foundations
A legal entity with legal personality in which two or more persons
(members) bind together for a certain purpose. Any profits the
association makes may not be divided among the members, but must be used
for the purpose concerned. The legal personality has a democratic
structure. The highest authority is the general meeting which appoints an
executive committee to run the association. Members may be natural and
legal persons.
A legal person created through a notarised deed or will to serve a
certain purpose with the aid of capital. It may generate profits, but
these must be paid to an idealistic or social purpose. A foundation can
be instituted by a natural and/or legal person.
This class includes:
- Central government
- Provinces
- Municipalities
- Water boards
- Public corporate organisations
- Communal arrangements (Gemeenschappelijke Regelingen)
Other legal forms
This class includes:
- European economic interest grouping
- European public limited liability company
- European cooperative society
- Foreign legal persons.
- Religious communities.
- Other legal forms not mentioned