Provincial finances from 1900

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This table contains figures on revenues, expenditures and debts of provinces as of the year 1900, in millions of euros. The figures have been collected from previously published tables on provincial 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 provinces, and match as closely as possible the definitions and classifications used by the provinces themselves in their administration.

Important events:
2008 - As of January 2008, transfers received in advance from European and Dutch governments with a specific spending purpose (. e.g. the construction of new infrastructure) to cover expenses in future years are included in the balance sheet in a different way. From that year onward, these received transfers are included under deferred liabilities. The received transfers were previously booked under the provisions.
This led to a break in the figures of the relevant balance sheet items from 2007 to 2008.
2009 – Provinces sold their shares in the energy companies Essent and NUON. The result of this transaction was nearly 13 billion euros in revenue.
2013 - Mandatory Treasury Banking was established by the government. From the end of 2013 onwards, all public authorities must hold their surplus assets with central government (Treasury Banking Act). As an alternative to keeping surplus funds in the treasury, local governments may opt for using these funds to provide loans to each other.
2014 – Provinces sold their share in waste processing company Attero.
2015 - All youth care tasks were transferred from the provinces to the municipalities. In addition in 2015, the task of regional accessibility around large cities (with the exception of Amsterdam and Rotterdam) was transferred from the plus regions (local intergovernmental organisations) to the provinces. On balance, these two changes led to lower revenues and lower expenses for the provinces.
2016 - The balance of accounts of expenditure and revenue was almost 700 million euros positive in 2016. This positive balance of accounts is partly due to a change in the system for the Provincial Fund. As of 2016, the target payment (BDU) towards traffic and transport became part of the Provincial Fund. With this change, all central government grants received must be accounted for as fair value and not just the part for which expenses are also accounted for (according to BBV regulations).
2017 - In 2017, the regulations concerning the BBV were renewed. As a result of this renewal, the template for the Information for Third Parties (Iv3) was changed. With regard to this table, this renewal has not led to a break in the series.

Status of the figures:
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 provincial 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.

Provincial finances from 1900

Periods Revenues and expenditure provincesRevenuesTotal 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 provincesRevenuesRevenues capital accounts (million euros) Revenues and expenditure provincesExpenditureTotal expenditure (million euros) Revenues and expenditure provincesExpenditureExpenditure current accounts (million euros) Revenues and expenditure provincesExpenditureExpenditure capital accounts (million euros) Revenues and expenditure provincesBalance 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 3 2 . . 1 3 2 1 0 . 7 .
1910 9 5 . . 4 9 7 2 -1 . 11 .
1920 26 22 . . 4 30 17 14 -4 . 66 .
1930 48 40 . . 9 54 37 17 -6 120 109 11
1940 78 56 . . 22 73 52 21 5 169 130 39
1950 94 56 . . 37 94 52 41 0 231 144 87
1960 173 93 . . 79 181 114 67 -9 350 246 104
1970 679 594 . . 85 785 524 261 -106 1,021 770 251
1980 2,041 1,746 49 1,697 295 2,073 1,671 402 -32 2,064 1,689 375
1990 3,496 3,056 205 2,851 440 3,425 2,986 439 71 2,312 1,528 784
2000 3,490 2,752 752 2,000 738 3,386 2,578 808 104 2,232 947 1,285
2010 7,369 6,125 1,451 4,674 1,244 8,017 5,624 2,393 -649 5,105 537 4,568
2016 7,092 5,811 1,587 4,225 1,280 6,423 4,152 2,271 669 4,232 485 3,748
2017 6,828 5,666 1,634 4,032 1,162 6,630 4,445 2,184 199 4,222 447 3,775
2018* 6,194 5,239 1,673 3,566 955 6,614 4,644 1,969 -420 4,219 406 3,813
Source: CBS.
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