Nearly 60 thousand new dwellings were built in the Netherlands in 2003, 7 thousand fewer than in the previous year.
Most homes in South Holland
Of every hundred completed new homes in the Netherlands in 2003, 23 were in the province South Holland, nearly 18 were in North Holland and 12 were in North Brabant; 78 of every hundred were owner-occupied homes. In South Holland owner-occupied homes accounted for 72 percent of all new completed homes, while in Zeeland this was 92 percent. In the four largest Dutch cities the percentage of owner-occupied homes varied from 59 percent in The Hague to 70 percent in Rotterdam.
Owner-occupied homes as a percentage of all new homes, 2003
Strong increase in house construction in Overijssel
Nearly one quarter more new homes were completed in the province of Overijssel in 2003 than in 2002. In the provinces Flevoland and North Holland, too, more homes were completed in 2003 than in 2002. In the other provinces the number of new completed dwellings was lower than in 2002.
In the four largest cities, the largest decrease in the number of completed homes was in The Hague, where 1.5 thousand fewer homes were completed in 2003 than in 2002. In Utrecht the number of new homes almost halved in 2003.
Differences in numbers of completed dwellings 2002–2003
Largest rise in housing stock in Flevoland
Across the Netherlands, nine new homes were built for every thousand existing ones in 2003. In Flevoland the increase was largest, with 29 new homes for every thousand existing ones.
In the four largest cities the increase was largest in The Hague with nearly 15 new homes per thousand existing ones.
Number of new dwellings completed per 1,000 existing ones, 2003
Source: Statline (Dutch only)