Population dynamics; month and year

Table description


This table contains information about the population dynamics of the Dutch population. These changes consist of live births, deaths, immigration, emigration (including administrative corrections) and other corrections. In addition, figures on the total population growth, beginning and end population are also included.

Data available from: January 1995.

Status of the figures:
The figures up to 2021 in this table are final. The figures of 2022 are provisional.

Changes as of 31 January 2023:
Provisional figures of December 2022 and the year total 2022 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
At the end of each month provisional figures of the previous month will be added in this publication. Data for previous months may be subject to adjustment.

Description topics

Population at start of selected period
Population:
The total number of people residing in a given area.

In the population, only persons recorded in the population register of a Dutch municipality are included. In principle, everyone who lives in the Netherlands for an indefinite period is included in the population register of the municipality. Persons belonging to the population of the Netherlands, but for whom no permanent place of residence can be designated, are included in the population register of the municipality of The Hague. The population registers do not include the persons living in the Netherlands for whom exemption rules apply with regard to inclusion in the population registers (for example diplomats and NATO military personnel) and persons who do not legally reside in the Netherlands.
Live births
Live birth:
A baby showing some sign of life after birth, regardless of the duration of pregnancy.
Deaths
Death:
Person declared dead by an authorized doctor.
Immigration
Immigration:
People moving to the Netherlands from another country.
Immigration concerns all individuals whose arrival in the Netherlands results in a new entry in the municipal population register.
The criteria are a residency for at least four months in the forthcoming six months.

Trend break external migration figures
As a result of improvements in the production process, a minor shift has taken place in the external migration figures. With effect from 2010, the following changes have been implemented:
- administrative entries which are preceded by emigration are now counted towards immigration;
-administrative removals which are followed by immigration are now counted towards emigration.
The improvements in the production process have led to a significant reduction in the number of ‘other corrections’ on balance as of 2010.
For some immigrants and emigrants, the country of birth is unknown in the provisional figures. From January 2014 onwards, the country of birth is estimated for these groups (for immigrants, country of origin is considered country of birth and for emigrants, country of destination is considered country of birth).

Emigration including administrative c...
Emigration including administrative corrections

Data on emigration including net administrative corrections give a better impression of the true level of emigration than data on emigration excluding net administrative corrections.

Emigration:
People leaving for another country.
Emigration relates to all individuals departing from the Netherlands, whose departure result in removals from the Netherlands population registers. The criteria for removal from the registers are 8 months abroad in the following 12 months.

Administrative correction:
Entries in and removals from the municipal population register for reasons other than birth, death, arrival, departure or municipal boundary change.
The greater part of these corrections relates to the processing of either the departures of persons who did not notify the local authorities or the subsequent arrivals.

Administrative entry:
Decision by a municipality, at the request of the person concerned, to include that person in its population while it has no knowledge of birth, immigration or establishment of that person from another municipality in the Netherlands.

Administrative removal:
Decision by a municipality no longer to include a person in its population, once it has established that the address of the person is unknown, the person cannot be contacted and probably no longer resides in a municipality in the Netherlands.

Trend break external migration figures
As a result of improvements in the production process, a minor shift has taken place in the external migration figures. With effect from 2010, the following changes have been implemented:
- administrative entries which are preceded by emigration are now counted towards immigration;
-administrative removals which are followed by immigration are now counted towards emigration.
The improvements in the production process have led to a significant reduction in the number of ‘other corrections’ on balance as of 2010.
For some immigrants and emigrants, the country of birth is unknown in the provisional figures. From January 2014 onwards, the country of birth is estimated for these groups (for immigrants, country of origin is considered country of birth and for emigrants, country of destination is considered country of birth).
Net corrections
Net administrative corrections and other corrections

Other corrections are only included in the final figures, and only in the totals for December.

Net administrative corrections:
Administrative entries minus administrative removals.

Other correction:
Discrepancies in the population size between two consecutive years which cannot be attributed to changes made by the municipalities in the municipal population registers throughout the year.

Administrative correction:
Entry in or removal from the municipal population register for reasons other than birth, death, arrival, departure or municipal boundary change.

Administrative entry:
All entries in and removals from the municipal population register for reasons other than birth, death, arrival, departure or municipal boundary change.

Administrative removal:
Decision by a municipality no longer to include a person in its population, once it has established that the address of the person is unknown, the person cannot be contacted and probably no longer resides in a municipality in the Netherlands.

Total population growth
Population growth:
The increase or decrease of the population.
Population at end of selected period
Population:
The total number of people residing in a given area.

In the population, only persons recorded in the population register of a Dutch municipality are included. In principle, everyone who lives in the Netherlands for an indefinite period is included in the population register of the municipality. Persons belonging to the population of the Netherlands, but for whom no permanent place of residence can be designated, are included in the population register of the municipality of The Hague. The population registers do not include the persons living in the Netherlands for whom exemption rules apply with regard to inclusion in the population registers (for example diplomats and NATO military personnel) and persons who do not legally reside in the Netherlands.