Main Units of local Government; quarterly revenue and expenditure


This table contains data on a quarterly basis about revenue and expenditure and the balance of the main units of local government: municipalities, provinces, communal arrangements and public water boards. Data are extracted from the administration of the respective local government units. This means that these figures are compiled according to the national law for the financial administration for the local government units (the law 'Besluit Begroting en Verantwoording gemeenten en provincies' – BBV) and consequently, differ from the figures of the national accounts composed in accordance with ESA standards.
No corrections are made for potential errors in the source data. However, if the provided local government data are of poor quality, they are not used but replaced by estimated figures.
With this table, the Netherlands meets the requirements as laid down in the Directive EU 2011/85. This directive is part of the Enhanced Economic Governance package ('Sixpack'), adopted by the European Council in 2011.

Statistics Netherlands published the revised National Accounts in June 2018. Among other things, GDP and total government expenditures have been adjusted upwards as a result of the revision. As part of the revision, the determination of the population of communal arrangements has been improved qualitatively. The population has grown in size. From the first quarter of 2018 onwards, administrative data of the main units of local government will be published after revision in this table. The figures for the previous quarters have not been adjusted based on the revision. Between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, a break occurs as a result of the changed population of communal arrangements.

Data available from: first quarter 2014.

Status of the figures:
The status of all recent figures is provisional. When figures for a new quarter are published, the provisional figures of the previous quarter may be adjusted. After publication of the annual figures according to the local government administration, the status of the quarterly figures becomes definite. The annual figures are published in December, one year after the end of the reporting year.

Changes as from 31 March 2020:
Figures for the fourth quarter of 2019 have been added.
The figures for the second, third, fourth quarter 2018, first, second and third quarter 2019 are corrected.
Figures of 2018 are definite.

When will new figures be published?
New quarterly figures are published three months after the quarter under review. When figures for a new quarter are published, the provisional figures of the previous quarter may be adjusted.

Main Units of local Government; quarterly revenue and expenditure

Periods Expenditure (mln euro) Revenue (mln euro) Balance (mln euro)
2017 4th quarter 25,678 21,985 -3,693
2018 1st quarter 19,873 25,246 5,373
2018 2nd quarter 18,301 20,077 1,776
2018 3rd quarter 17,588 16,887 -701
2018 4th quarter 26,245 22,869 -3,376
2019 1st quarter* 18,721 23,947 5,226
2019 2nd quarter* 18,369 19,506 1,137
2019 3rd quarter* 18,784 18,757 -27
2019 4th quarter* 26,102 22,114 -3,988
Source: CBS.
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