Government Finance Statistics; key figures

Table description


This table contains information on the finances of the general government sector. The terms and definitions used are in accordance with the framework of the National Accounts. The National Accounts are based on the international definitions of the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010). Small temporary differences with publications of the National Accounts may occur due to the fact that the government finance statistics are sometimes more up to date.

Data available from:
Yearly figures from 1995, quarterly figures from 1999.

Status of the figures:
The figures for the period 1995-2017 are final. The quarterly figures for 2018 are provisional. The annual figures for 2018 are final. The figures for 2019 and 2020 are provisional.

Changes as of 23 September 2020:
Figures on the second quarter of 2020 are available.
The figures for the first quarter of 2020 have been adjusted.
Seasonally adjusted revenue, expenditure and balance of the general government sector have been adjusted.

When will new figures be published?
Initial quarterly figures are published three months after the end of the quarter. In September the figures on the first quarter are revised, in December the figures on the second quarter are revised and in March the first three quarters are revised. Yearly figures are published for the first time three months after the end of the year concerned. Yearly figures are revised two times: 6 and 18 months after the end of the year. Please note that there is a possibility that adjustments might take place at the end of March or September, in order to provide the European Commission with the latest figures. Revised yearly figures are published in June each year. Quarterly figures are aligned to revised years at the end of June. More information on the revision policy of National Accounts can be found under 'relevant articles' under paragraph 3.

Description topics

Key figures (million euros)
Some important figures on government finance statistics.
Final consumption of general government
Expenditure incurred by the general government sector on goods or services that are used for the direct satisfaction of individual needs or wants or the collective needs of members of the community.

Final consumption expenditure by general government includes two categories of expenditures:
(a) the value of the goods and services produced by general government itself other than own-account capital formation, market output and payments for non-market output or sales of goods and services. Consumption of typical services of government, like defence, safety and education, belong to this category;
(b) purchases by general government of goods and services produced by market producers that are supplied to households, without any transformation, as social transfers in kind. General government pays for these goods and services that the sellers provide to households.
Memorandum items (million euros)
Some memorandum items of the government finance statistics.
Natural gas revenue
Natural gas revenues are revenues of the State from the exploration and extraction of natural gas and petroleum in the Netherlands. These revenues consist mainly of concession rights for the exploitation of natural gas and oil fields and the profits from the sale of the minerals. In addition, the State receives corporation tax paid by the companies that exploit the natural gas and oil fields.
Key figures (% of GDP)
Some important figures on government finance statistics, presented as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).

The gross domestic product (market value) is the result of the productive activities of residential production units. It equals the added value (basic prices) of all industries, completed with some transactions that cannot be attributed to industries.
Final consumption of general government
Final consumption of general government, presented as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).

Expenditure incurred by the general government sector on goods or services that are used for the direct satisfaction of individual needs or wants or the collective needs of members of the community.

Final consumption expenditure by general government includes two categories of expenditures:
(a) the value of the goods and services produced by general government itself other than own-account capital formation, market output and payments for non-market output or sales of goods and services. Consumption of typical services of government, like defence, safety and education, belong to this category;
(b) purchases by general government of goods and services produced by market producers that are supplied to households, without any transformation, as social transfers in kind. General government pays for these goods and services that the sellers provide to households.

Quarterly final consumption of general government as a percentage of GDP is a progressive yearly total. It is calculated as the sum of the final consumption of the quarter considered plus three preceding quarters, divided by the sum of GDP of the quarter considered plus three preceding quarters. The figure for the fourth quarter equals the yearly figure.
Memorandum items (% of GDP)
Some memorandum figures on government finance statistics, presented as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).

The gross domestic product (market value) is the result of the productive activities of residential production units. It equals to the added value (basic prices) of all industries, completed with some transactions that cannot be attributed to industries.
Natural gas revenue
Revenue from natural gas, presented as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).

Natural gas revenues are revenues of the State from the exploration and extraction of natural gas and petroleum in the Netherlands. These revenues consist mainly of concession rights for the exploitation of natural gas and oil fields and the profits from the sale of the minerals. In addition, the State receives corporation tax paid by the companies that exploit the natural gas and oil fields.

Quarterly natural gas revenue as a percentage of GDP is a progressive yearly total. It is calculated as the sum of the natural gas revenue of the quarter considered plus three preceding quarters, divided by the sum of GDP of the quarter considered plus three preceding quarters. The figure for the fourth quarter equals the yearly figure.
Price change
Percentage price change compared to the previous year.
Material consumption of government(IMOC)
The IMOC represents the price change of the intermediate consumption (excluding intermediate consumption of health care intermediation services by social security and financial intermediation services indirectly measured) of the following industry branches: public administration, public education and sheltered workplaces.