Leisure and culture
In 2018, 13 percent of the Dutch population were between 55 and 65 years of age, similar to the EU average. These young elderly persons have relatively high incomes, attain high levels of workforce participation and are highly involved in volunteer work.
Classical and pop concerts at performing arts venues across the Netherlands attracted a total audience of nearly 9.7 million in 2018.
Of the Dutch population who have shopped online over the course of 2019, half have reported complaints. In 2015, 40 percent said they experienced problems related to online purchases.
During the summer months of July and August this year, the number of guests staying at Dutch overnight accommodations rose to nearly 10 million.
Last year, tourism expenditure in the Netherlands amounted to 87.5 billion euros, up by 6.4 percent on the previous year. When adjusted for price changes, this represents a growth rate of 4.1 percent.
Out of the five most visited holiday destinations, Spain is the cheapest for holidaymakers who buy their own groceries.
The number of people in the Netherlands making online purchases has increased further. So far in 2018, 78 percent of Dutch consumers say they have made a purchase via the Internet, as against 76 percent last year.
In the first six months of 2018, Dutch campsites accommodated almost 1.6 million guests, 7.5 percent more than in the same period last year. The sharpest increase in this period was represented by foreign guests.
The value of tourism expenditure in the Dutch economy rose by 6.9 percent in 2017 to a total of 82.1 billion euros.
In the summer period of 2017, three out of four Dutch people (12.7 million) went on holiday one or more times. Nearly nine in ten holidays were spent in Europe, with Germany being the favourite destination.
The majority of the population of Bonaire indicate they are religious, although this group is becoming smaller.
This paper presents indicators about inbound tourism on Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius over the period 2015 – 2017
In 2017, inbound tourism on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba declined by 5, 5 and 9 percent respectively.
The number of guests staying in Dutch overnight accommodation rose to 42 million in 2017.
In 2017, 77 percent of Dutch adults felt that the Netherlands should admit war refugees.
Nearly three-quarters of the Dutch population aged 12 years or older accessed government websites in 2017.
Austria is the most popular winter sports destination, skiing the main activity. More people go hiking in the snow.
the use of mobile devices, i.e. smartphones and tablets, in individual surveys in 2017.
In 2017, 98 percent of Dutch households had internet access against a European average of 87 percent.
Higher educated people are generally more interested in politics.
Dutch consumers increasingly use the Internet to make everyday purchases
International tourism has grown by 4.8% worldwide following the 2008 economic crisis.
In 2017, nearly half of Dutch people say they use the cloud for file storage.
Key figures on museums in the Netherlands in 2016
This paper presents indicators about inbound tourism on Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius over the period 2014 - 2016
In 2016, Bonaire received around 136 thousand tourists arriving by air.
The tourism sector is becoming increasingly important to the Dutch economy.
Almost 10 million Dutch travelled to their holiday destination in the high season of 2016.
The tourism industry accounts for 7 percent of net domestic energy consumption.
In holiday year 2016, the number of holidays spent in Paris by Dutch tourists was at its lowest level in ten years.
Women work fewer hours, earn lower incomes. More women in top civil sector and commercial sector positions.
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Nearly three-quarters of Dutch residents report to have bought goods or services online in 2016.
Tourism on Bonaire was up in 2015 and remained stable on Saba and St Eustatius compared to the previous year.
The tourism sector is becoming ever more important to the Dutch economy.
The use of cloud-based services is relatively high in the Netherlands.
German day trippers spent 2.4 bn euros in the Netherlands in 2015.
Extending the Materials Monitor with Water
Tourists from Germany, Belgium and the UK spend most nights in the Netherlands.
Everything you always wanted to know about yachts and shipbuilding in the Netherlands: the number of Dutchmen engaged in recreational sailing, water surface in each province, and the share of sailing ships in the total exports of boats and ships.
The number of online shoppers continues to grow. Over the entire year 2014, 10.4 million internet users had at least once bought something online. The number of recent e-shoppers, i.e. those who have bought something online in the three months prior to the survey, has risen significantly. Trips, clothes and tickets are most commonly bought online.
Half of the population aged 15 years and older have done volunteer work for a club or organisation at least once in 2012/2013. Most volunteer workers are active for sports clubs, schools, ideological organisations and in care and nursing.
Dutch museums are attracting more visitors, but this increase almost exclusively involved the large museums. The Dutch museums received 26.5 million visitors in 2013, over 3.3 million more than in 2011.
The number of tourists flying into the Caribbean islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba in 2014 was almost the same as in 2013. Tourists arriving by boat are also an important driver for tourism on these islands.
Establishments providing overnight accommodation in the Netherlands received considerably more guests in 2014 than in the previous year. Just over half came from Germany, the United Kingdom and Belgium. The increase in the number of overnight guests was largest in the province of Zeeland.
Nearly four in ten Dutch people undertake political activities other than voting in an election. The share of politically active people varies between regions, but is overall significantly lower than in Germany.
Access to the internet wherever and whenever you want: last year, 9 in 10 people accessed the internet on a daily basis. Today, Statistics Netherlands announced that a faster internet connection, more access and a wider range of possibilities encourage people to engage in more online activities, like listening to the radio, reading the news, watching TV and e-shopping.
Most people on Bonaire speak Papiamento. On St Eustatius and Saba most people have English as first language. Only a small number of people have Dutch as a first language.
In 2013, 88 percent of inhabitants on Bonaire aged 15 years and older reported having a religious denomination. On Saba and St Eustatius 83 percent of inhabitants said they were religious. The number of religious people is much higher than in the European Netherlands, where just over half of adults (aged 18 years and older) say they have a denomination. Just as in the European Netherlands, Roman Catholicism constitutes the largest group.
In 2013, more than 34 million guests stayed in overnight accommodations in the Netherlands, 700 thousand (2 percent) more than in 2012. Together, they spent 96 million nights in overnight accommodations, i.e. an increase by 3 million relative to 2012. Forty percent of guests are foreigners.
More than one in three internet users in the age category 12 years and older were engaged in cloud computing in 2014. Young internet users in particular tend to embrace this internet facility, which allows centralised data storage instead of data storage on one’s own PC.
Church attendance is declining in the Netherlands. Catholics in particular have been going to church less in recent years. In spite of this, over half of the population say they belong to a religion or believe in a certain ideology.
Three-quarters of households in the Caribbean Netherlands had internet access at home in 2013. Of the people who had used internet in the three months prior to the study, 86 percent went online(almost) daily. Internet use is highest among young people and people with a higher level of education. Most people used it for email, social media and telephony.
The contribution of the tourism sector to Dutch GDP rose from 3.2 percent in 2010 to 3.6 percent in 2013 according to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands today. The tourism sector is mainly growing because more foreign tourists visit the Netherlands.
The number of people in the Netherlands buying goods and services online continues to increase. In 2013, 10.3 million people aged 12 to 74 years said they buy goods or services online. Holidays and clothing are the most popular items.
If they are not at home, a smartphone is by far the most popular mobile device for young people to access the internet. Once online, they spend most of their time playing video games, watching films and accessing social networks. They also buy tickets for upcoming events.
The Dutch population aged 16-74 years became more skilled in using the internet between 2010 and 2013. The level of internet skills in the Dutch population is higher than average in the European Union
In 2013, nearly 80 percent in the Dutch population reported to have accessed government websites in the past twelve months. The percentage has risen rapidly in recent years and is currently higher than in most other European countries.
The number of holidaymakers aged 55 and older has risen from 2.8 million in 2002 to 3.5 million in 2012 as the post-war baby boomer generation is ageing. These over-55s tend to go on holiday more frequently than younger people. Approximately one in three older people on low incomes do not go on holiday.
Last year, 16 percent in the population attended religious services in churches, mosques or went to other religious meetings on a regular basis. Yet, more than half of adults in the Dutch population perceive themselves as members of a religious denomination or philosophical creed.
The share of 65 to 75-year-olds in the Netherlands active on the internet has more than doubled since 2005. Internet usage in the Netherlands in this age category is among the highest in the EU.
Altogether, 1.051 million Dutch tourists travelled to winter sports resorts in the winter season of 2012. Only long holidays (4 or more overnight stays) are taken into account. The average duration of a winter sports holiday was 8.4 days.
Last year, more than one third of guests in Dutch hotels, guesthouses and other accommodations came from abroad, predominantly from Europe. The North Sea resorts and major cities attract most tourists.
Nearly all households in the Netherlands have access to the internet. Desktop computers are losing ground to mobile devices. Nearly half of Dutch households own at least one tablet computer.
In the first half of 2013, some 13 million people aged 12 years and older in the Netherlands were using the internet on a regular basis. This is the equivalent of more than 90 percent of this age group.
In 2010, spending on sports accounted for 1 percent of GDP. Per Dutch households, an average of more than 1 thousand euros is annually spent on sports activities and watching sports.
Smartphones have ousted laptops as the most popular devices for mobile internet access in the Netherlands. Many young people, in particular, use smartphones almost daily to go online wherever they happen to be.
The Dutch population spent a total of nearly 16 billion euros on holidays last year, of which 12.9 billion on foreign holidays. Most holidays are spent outside the Netherlands, but the number of short breaks in the Netherlands is increasing.
Nearly 10 million people in the Netherlands regularly shop online. They are buying more and more clothes online, especially women. Most online shoppers buy only new products.
In 2012, one in three over-75s used the internet. More men than women in this age group use the internet. E-mailing and retrieving information are popular, social media are rarely used.
More than seven in ten Dutch residents aged 12 years or older (10.2 million persons) used online banking services on a regular basis last year.
More than half of the Dutch population aged 18 years and older state they are members of a denomination or ideological group. In the period 2010-2011, one in six regularly attended religious services in a church or mosque or went to other religious meetings. In prior years, the attendance rates were higher.
There were 12.4 million internet users in the Netherlands in 2012. This is 96 percent of all 12 to 75 year-olds.
Nearly 4 in 5 Dutch people aged 16-75 do their banking online. This brings the Netherlands to the top of the European Union.
Large numbers of Dutch went on holiday last year, despite the economic recession. The number of long holidays remained fairly stable. More long holidays were spent abroad, but the number of domestic long holidays declined.
With 94 percent in 2011 (versus 78 percent in 2005), the Netherlands has had the highest proportion of households with access to the Internet from home in Europe for years on end.
Internet use among the older generation in the Netherlands has increased dramatically in recent years. Older people are catching up on younger generations.
In the spring of 2011, there were over six million mobile Internet users in the age category 12–75 in the Netherlands, exactly half of all 12 to 75-year-olds who indicated they used the Internet in the three months prior to the survey.
Dutch Internet users are spammed more often, but their PCs are less infected by computer viruses than Internet users in other countries of the European Union (EU).
Last year, 11 million foreigners stayed in overnight accommodations in the Netherlands, an 8 percent increase relative to 2000. The largest group (more than a quarter) of tourists come from Germany, but the number of Belgian tourists grew most rapidly: from 0.7 million in 2000 to 1.3 million in 2010.
Mobile Internet is increasingly becoming a part of daily life. Over one in three Internet users had access to the web through mobile devices in 2010 versus one in five in 2007.
Altogether, Dutch tourists took more than 36 million holidays last year. They spent 15 billion euro; over 12 billion euro was spent on holidays abroad.
Dutch hotels accommodated 19.2 million guests in 2010, 7.7 percent more than in 2009. The number was nearly the same as in record year 2007.
Slightly fewer than half of all people aged between 12 and 25 responded in 2009 that they had a religious denomination. This share has fallen by 6 percent points since 1997.
Last year, 9.3 million Dutch 12 to 74-year-olds bought goods and services online, i.e. half a million more than one year previously. The proportion of Internet users who have never bought or ordered goods online has reduced further to 23 percent.
In the spring of 2010, 12 million people aged 12 to 75 years in the Netherlands said they regularly went online.
Dutch and foreign tourists spent 35.2 billion euro in the Netherlands last year, 3.8 percent less than one year previously. If price changes are taken into account, the decline was even more dramatic (4.7 percent).
Dutch holidaymakers have been increasingly travelling to Germany in recent years. Sauerland and the Eifel region are particularly popular holiday destinations.
In the 6-80 age category, 71 percent of men and 66 percent of women are active in sports. Running, billiards and football are popular among men; dancing, korfball and hockey are typically favoured by women.
People in the lower income brackets are less active in their leisure time than people in higher income categories.
This year, nearly six in ten e-shoppers booked their trips and holidays directly online. Trips and accommodations are most frequently bought online.
In 2008 about 50 percent of the Dutch indicated that they had a newspaper subscription in their household. In 1997 this was 62 percent.
In 2008, Dutch holiday travellers emitted 15.6 billion kilograms of CO2 into the atmosphere, 8 percent of total Dutch CO2 emissions and an increase by more than 16 percent in comparison to 2002. Foreign holidays mainly account for the increase.
More and more Dutch consumers are shopping online. This spring, nearly three-quarters of the 11.8 million internet users in the Netherlands said they had purchased a product online.
Dutch central, provincial and municipal government spent a total 633 million euro on libraries in 2007. This is 6 percent more than in 2006, and 50 percent more than in 1999.
Dutch motorcyclists are growing older. While their average in 2000 was 39 years, this has risen to 45 years in 2009.
In 2007/2008, one third of young people had used cannabis at least once in their lives.
Prices of entrance fees for zoos, amusement parks, theatres and museums have been raised considerably over the past eighteen months. Entrance fees of museums and zoos were raised by no less than 10 percent.
More than half of the adult Dutch population consider themselves to belong to a church or religious or philosophical movement. One in five – considerably fewer than in the past – are regular church-goers.
Together, Dutch and foreign tourists spent 36.9 billion euro in the Netherlands in 2008, 2.8 percent more than in 2007. However, if price developments are taken into account, this results in a fall of 0.9 percent in tourist spending. Dutch tourists account for about 80 percent of tourist expenditure.
Eight in ten Dutch take a holiday at least once a year. The number of (online) hotel reservations through travel agencies is increasing.
Europeans like going on holiday. Dutch people aged 15 years and older, for example, went on holiday an average 1.4 times in 2007.
Just over half of internet users in the Netherlands listened to radio and/or watched television programmes online in 2008. Just under half of users read newspapers online or downloaded them.
In 2007, the Dutch spent 22.4 million long holidays in the Netherlands and abroad, three times as many as in 1969. Compared to 1969, the Dutch more often go on holiday.
The Netherlands has the highest percentage of households in the European Union with home internet connections. Only one in eight Dutch people have either no access to the internet from their own home (1.2 million), or do have access, but do not use it (0.5 million).
In 1948, 150 people employed with Philips received the first television sets.
In 2007, there were approximately 15 thousand lawyers in the Netherlands, nearly 4 thousand more than in 2000. The steady increase in the number of lawyers is not merely confined to the Netherlands.
In 2008, more than half of people in the Netherlands who use the internet use it to listen to the radio or watch TV, and nearly half download newspapers.
There were 800 marinas with a total 138 thousand berths in the Netherlands at the end of 2006. Although the overall mooring capacity had hardly changed since 2000, the number of large marinas was one fifth higher.
In 2006, more than 0.7 million people were active in 1,840 tennis clubs. Since 2000, the number of tennis clubs has grown by 40. Membership hardly changed in this period.
Within a decade, the number of water sports clubs increased by 10 percent to 1,050 in 2006. The number of canoe and rowing clubs rose most sharply. Membership of canoe and rowing clubs grew by 40 percent to 33 thousand over the same period.
By the end of 2006, there were 725 public swimming pools, including beach and natural swimming pools. The number of swimming pools declined by 60 over the period 1988-2006.
In the Netherlands, people prefer active participation in sports rather than watching sports events or assisting in sports activities. Active participation is nearly seven times as popular as watching sports events.
Last year, 3.6 million people stayed on Dutch camping sites. The number of camping guests has been all but stable since 2000.
In 2007, Dutch travellers to China spent 141 million euro, an increase by 3 percent relative to 2006.
Last year, 5.6 million Dutch in the age category 18 years and older ((44 percent of the adult population) were active in volunteer work. Most voluntary workers are active in sports clubs.
Dutch and foreign tourists spent a total 35.3 billion euro in the Netherlands in 2007. This is 5.5 percent more than in 2006.
Last year, 12.5 million Dutch went on holiday at least once. Fewer and fewer people go on holiday without having made prior arrangements.
Nearly 6 in 10 of the Dutch population say they are religious. Only very few of them go to church, to a mosque or other religious assemblies every week, however.
In 2007, an average day out cost 14 euro per person. Adjusted for price changes, this is nearly 11 percent more than in 2002. Altogether, the Dutch spent nearly 13 billion euro on recreational trips, over one billion more than in 2002.
More than 2 million people in the Netherlands accessed the Internet using mobile equipment such as a laptop or mobile phone in 2007.
In 2007, bookshops again sold more books, newspapers and magazines. Though there is an increase in online buying, bookshops remain the most important sales channel, accounting for 55 percent of total book sales.
74 percent of Dutch households had a fast internet connection at home in 2007.
Over 80 percent of all households with internet had broadband by June 2006. Four years earlier this was just a quarter.
The percentage of overweight Dutch adults fell for the first time in years in 2005, among both men and women.