On 1 January 2007, there were 1,395 centenarians in the Netherlands. The eldest resident was a woman aged 110.
The number of centenarians has increased rapidly over the past decades. In 1950, there were not 40, whereas in 1965 their number had risen to more than 100. The 1000 barrier was crossed for the first time in 1997.
Currently, women are distinctly overrepresented among centenarians. On 1 January 2007, female centenarians outnumbered their male counterparts sixfold, whereas in the early 1980s there were only twice as many female as male over-100s.
Population aged 100 or older by age and gender, 1 January 2007