Over half of the Dutch population are not religious
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|Kerkelijke gezindte||Percentage (%)|
|No religious denomination||51|
|Dutch Reformed Church||6|
|Protestant Church in the Netherlands||6|
|Reformed Churches in the Netherlands||3|
Last year, 24 percent of the Dutch population aged 15 years and over were affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. Another 15 percent were Protestants, including 6 percent Dutch Reformed Church, 3 percent other Reformed Churches and another 6 percent belonging to the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).
Furthermore, 5 percent were Muslims and 6 percent indicated they had a another faith, such as Judaism or Buddhism.
|Gezindte||At least once per week (%)||Two to three times per week (%)||Once per month (%)||Less than once per month (%)||Seldom or never (%)|
|Total (including none)||10||3||3||7||78|
|Dutch Reformed Church||19||6||5||9||61|
|Reformed Churches in the Netherlands||58||6||4||6||25|
|Protestant Church in the Netherlands||33||19||8||12||29|
Slight drop in attendance as of 2012
Attendance at religious services has become lower over time, although the decline has levelled off in recent years. In 1971, still 37 percent of the population attended religious services on a regular basis - at least once per month - but this share had dropped to 17 percent in 2012 and 16 percent in 2017.
Of the population aged 15 years and up, 10 percent attended weekly religious meetings last year; 3 percent went two to three times monthly, while a similar share went once per month. Another 7 percent attended less than once a month. Over three-quarters of the population (78 percent) seldom or never attended a religious service.
The slight drop as of 2012 was only seen in Catholic church attendance; among both Protestants and Muslims, there was no decline.
|15 to 17 yrs||43.5|
|18 to 24 yrs||32.8|
|25 to 34 yrs||40.4|
|35 to 44 yrs||46.9|
|45 to 54 yrs||49.4|
|55 to 64 yrs||52.3|
|65 to 74 yrs||58.0|
|75 yrs or older||71.5|
Women more religious and involved
In 2017, 46 percent of men and 52 percent of women stated they belonged to a religious denomination. Among women, 17 percent regularly attended services, against 14 percent of the men. By far the smallest religious involvement was seen among young people between 18 and 25 years: one in three were part of a religious group. Of these young believers, 13 percent indicated they attended religious services regularly last year.
The group with the highest share of religious involvement are the elderly. Among the over-75s, 71 percent stated they were religious, with 34 percent attending services regularly.
Lowest attendance among academics
Among those with only primary education attainment, 64 percent belonged to a religious group and 20 percent went to worship services regularly. These shares were 37 and 12 percent respectively among people with a higher education background.