Bankruptcies, adjusted for court session days

Bankruptcies, adjusted for court session days

Type of bankruptcy Periods Bankruptcies (session day corrected) (number)
Total legal forms all nationalities 2021* 2,102
Nat. person without sole proprietorship 2021* 304
Nat. person with sole proprietorship 2021* 281
Companies and institutions 2021* 1,517
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains the number of bankruptcy orders issued by Dutch courts. Numbers are broken down by type of bankruptcy (natural persons with or without sole proprietorship, enterprises and institutions). The outcomes have been corrected for the effects of session days of the courts. Usually, bankruptcies are pronounced on a fixed day in the week, mostly Tuesday. As a result, a calendar month may contain four or five so-called session days. As a result, the number of pronounced bankruptcies can fluctuate from month to month. The series of outcomes in this publication have been cleaned for the effect of session days.

Data available from: January 1981

Status of the figures:
The results are provisional during the year under review. The results will be declared definite in the first quarter following the year under review.

Changes as of January 12, 2022:
The December 2021 figures have been added.

When will new figures be published?
January 2022 figures are expected to be published on February 11, 2022.

Description topics

Bankruptcies (session day corrected)
The number of natural persons (with and without sole proprietorship), companies and institutions declared bankrupt by court ruling, corrected for the effect of the number of session days per month of courts.

Bankruptcy
State which a legal unit is declared to have entered by the court when it has ceased to pay. The assets and revenues of that legal unit (the debtor) are then taken to pay off the debts. The bankruptcy can be pronounced at the request of a creditor, the debtor himself or the Public Prosecution Service. After the income and assets have been paid out to creditors, the bankruptcy is terminated but the debtor is often not debt-free. Residual debts remain due and payable. The bankruptcy of a legal entity at the request of a creditor can only be made if there is also a debt to another creditor.