In 2004 there were approximately 11.5 thousand pubs and bars and 9 thousand fast food outlets in the Netherlands. Their number has dropped significantly in the past decade. The number of pubs and bars dropped by 17 percent and the number of fast food outlets by 15 percent.
Number of pubs and bars
Fewer pubs and bars
In the past decade the number of pubs and bars in the Netherlands dropped by 17 percent except in the province of Flevoland where it rose slightly by 5 percent. This rise is, however, insignificant compared to the population increase by 42 percent. Flevoland is still the province with the lowest pub/bar rate per 1,000 inhabitants. The rate is also low in the province of Utrecht.
Number of fast food outlets
Fewer fast food outlets
The number of fast food outlets decreased by some 1,500 during the last ten years, in the provinces of Groningen and Overijssel by more than 20 percent. The amount of fast food outlets increased only in Flevoland (+ 3 percent).
The province of Zeeland had the highest number of fast food outlets per 100 thousand inhabitants.
Number of pubs/bars per 100 thousand inhabitants
The province of Limburg has 121 pubs and bars per 100 thousand inhabitants. Only Zeeland has a similar number of pubs/bars per 100 thousand inhabitants. The rate is even higher in the region of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. The lowest rate is found in Flevoland and Utrecht, the east part of the province of South Holland and the Veluwe region, approximately one-third of the rate in Limburg.
Zeeland, the central and south part of Limburg, IJmond, Haarlem and surrounding area and Greater Amsterdam have the highest number of pubs and bars per 100 thousand inhabitants. In the north part of the province of Drenthe, Flevoland and the east part of South Holland the rate is almost half of that in Zeeland.
Number of fast food outlets per 100 thousand inhabitants