Municipal finances from 1900


This table contains figures on revenues, expenditures and debts of municipalities as of the year 1900, in millions of euros. The figures have been collected from previously published tables on municipal finances and have been based on annual realisation figures. The data presented were taken from the annual accounts and the balance sheets of the respective municipalities, and match as closely as possible the definitions and classifications used by the municipalities themselves in their administration.

Important events:
1986 - A different method of financing the homes for the elderly resulted in a visible spike of 2 billion euros in income on the capital account.
1995 - In this year, municipalities received approximately 15.5 billion euros as a lump-sum payment from Central Government to buy off loans provided under the Housing Act. Through these lump sum payments the loans are repaid, causing the loans to decrease by an equal amount in 1995.
2008 - As of January 2008 deferred payments received from European and Dutch governments for a specific purpose (such as the construction of new infrastructure) to cover expenses in previous years, are recorded in the balance sheet differently. From this date onwards they are recorded under deferred liabilities. Previously the amounts were recorded under the provisions. The change in recording has led to a break in the time series concerning the balance between 2007 and 2008.
2009 - The sale of shares in Nuon and Essent resulted in a visible spike of 5.2 billion euros. Since the received book profit and super dividends are considered part of the current account, the increase is visible there.
2015 - Due to the transfer of tasks in the area of social support from General Government to municipalities, the revenues and expenses have increased by approximately 7 billion euros. The figures in this table are provisional at the time of first publication. Upon the second publication one year later, the figures will become definitive.

Changes as of 12 June 2020:
None, this is a new table.

When will new figures be published?
The new figures from the municipal accounts are published no later than 15 months after the reporting period.
The figures can be adjusted on the basis of the availability of new or updated source material. In general, the adjustments are small. The adjustments are made the moment a new annual figure is added to the series.

Municipal finances from 1900

Periods Revenues and expenditure municipalitiesRevenuesTotal revenues (million euros) RevenuesRevenues current accountsTotal revenues current accounts (million euros) RevenuesRevenues current accountsLevies (million euros) RevenuesRevenues current accountsOther revenues (million euros) Revenues and expenditure municipalitiesRevenuesRevenues capital accounts (million euros) Revenues and expenditure municipalitiesExpenditureTotal expenditure (million euros) Revenues and expenditure municipalitiesExpenditureExpenditure current accounts (million euros) Revenues and expenditure municipalitiesExpenditureExpenditure capital accounts (million euros) Revenues and expenditure municipalitiesBalance of revenues and expenditure (million euros) Debt at year-endTotal debt at year-end (million euros) Debt at year-endLong-term debt (million euros) Debt at year-endShort-term debt (million euros)
1900 158 43 12 31 115 161 52 108 -3 160 118 42
1910 234 85 18 67 149 211 94 117 23 260 191 68
1920 405 187 104 83 218 390 211 179 15 605 446 158
1930 435 297 116 181 138 477 369 108 -42 1,503 1,072 432
1940 580 472 79 393 108 575 492 83 5 1,789 1,252 537
1950 1,114 690 139 551 424 1,428 863 565 -313 2,935 1,904 1,031
1960 2,596 2,085 98 1,987 511 2,894 1,958 935 -298 9,004 6,479 2,525
1970 7,862 6,577 253 6,324 1,284 8,974 6,560 2,414 -1,113 26,805 18,038 8,767
1980 29,709 26,210 1,293 24,917 3,499 31,860 26,233 5,627 -2,151 57,881 40,069 17,812
1990 39,205 33,486 2,400 31,086 5,719 38,946 32,702 6,244 259 74,626 54,169 20,457
2000 41,074 35,345 5,508 29,837 5,729 40,866 32,896 7,970 208 38,700 28,600 10,100
2010 52,090 43,907 7,869 36,038 8,183 57,003 46,382 10,621 -4,913 48,521 33,161 15,360
2016 57,456 50,591 9,396 41,195 6,865 57,389 50,426 6,963 67 50,992 38,264 12,728
2017 57,934 50,334 9,921 40,413 7,600 58,759 51,347 7,412 -825 50,565 37,806 12,759
2018* 59,751 52,213 10,153 42,060 7,538 61,056 53,340 7,716 -1,306 51,555 39,011 12,543
Source: CBS.
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