Leisure and culture

Leisure and culture

Half as many Dutch holidaymakers in March 2020

The number of Dutch people going on holiday in March 2020 was down by 1.7 million relative to the same month last year.

Number of overnight guests 17 percent down in Q1

In Q1 2020, the number of guests staying in Dutch overnight accommodations declined by 17 percent relative to the same period last year. Hotels and similar accommodations in particular received fewer guests.

Tourism statistics and the use of social media data

This paper describes fundamental research into various possibilities to use data based on publicly available social media for the domain of tourism statistics.

Tourism on Bonaire and Saba up in 2019

In 2019, the number of visitor arrivals by air on Bonaire increased by 7 percent relative to the previous year.

Nearly 3 in 5 Dutch people used online platforms in 2019

In 2019, 58 percent of the Dutch population aged 12 years and over had made use of online platforms to order or exchange goods or services.

Number of overnight tourists up to 46 million in 2019

The number of guests staying in Dutch overnight accommodations rose to 46.3 million in 2019.

The Netherlands ranks among the EU top in digital skills

The Netherlands is one of the countries in Europe with the largest share of inhabitants who are proficient in using the internet, computers and software (digital skills).

More elderly active on social media

Social media usage among the elderly has soared in recent years. The group 65 to 74-year-olds in particular have become increasingly active users. In 2019, 76 percent of the respondents in this age category said they had used social media, up from 40 percent five years previously.

Dutch young elderly relatively rich and active

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.

Concert attendance higher than ever

Classical and pop concerts at performing arts venues across the Netherlands attracted a total audience of nearly 9.7 million in 2018.

Guests and nights in platform-related accommodations
Half of online shoppers have complaints

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.

Nearly 10 million overnight tourists in July and August

During the summer months of July and August this year, the number of guests staying at Dutch overnight accommodations rose to nearly 10 million.

Tourists spent €87.5 billion in 2018

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.

Holiday groceries relatively cheap in Spain

Out of the five most visited holiday destinations, Spain is the cheapest for holidaymakers who buy their own groceries.

Girls more on social networks than boys

A large majority of young people (ages 12 to 24 yrs) use the internet (almost) every day. Girls are online for social networking more often than boys.

Six percent never use the Internet

Six percent of the Dutch population aged 12 years and over - around 886 thousand people - indicated in 2018 they had never used the Internet, as against 10 percent in 2012.

Increase in online shopping among older generation

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.

More campsite guests in first half of 2018

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.

Growth tourism sector primarily due to foreign tourists

The value of tourism expenditure in the Dutch economy rose by 6.9 percent in 2017 to a total of 82.1 billion euros.

Two-thirds of summer holidays booked online

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.

Bonaire’s population less religious

The majority of the population of Bonaire indicate they are religious, although this group is becoming smaller.

Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands in 2017

This paper presents indicators about inbound tourism on Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius over the period 2015 – 2017

Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands down in 2017

In 2017, inbound tourism on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba declined by 5, 5 and 9 percent respectively.

Tourism sees fastest growth in over ten years

The number of guests staying in Dutch overnight accommodation rose to 42 million in 2017.

Most Dutch people in favour of receiving refugees

In 2017, 77 percent of Dutch adults felt that the Netherlands should admit war refugees.

Increase in use of government websites

Nearly three-quarters of the Dutch population aged 12 years or older accessed government websites in 2017.

Less skiing and more hiking during winter sports

Austria is the most popular winter sports destination, skiing the main activity. More people go hiking in the snow.

The Netherlands leads Europe in internet access

In 2017, 98 percent of Dutch households had internet access against a European average of 87 percent.

More purchases being made online

Dutch consumers increasingly use the Internet to make everyday purchases

National and international tourism booming

International tourism has grown by 4.8% worldwide following the 2008 economic crisis.

More Dutch people using cloud-based services

In 2017, nearly half of Dutch people say they use the cloud for file storage.

Inbound tourism in Caribbean Netherlands 2014 - 2016

This paper presents indicators about inbound tourism on Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius over the period 2014 - 2016

Tourism in Caribbean Netherlands stable

In 2016, Bonaire received around 136 thousand tourists arriving by air.

Tourism sector continues to grow

The tourism sector is becoming increasingly important to the Dutch economy.

Nearly 10 million people on holiday during high season

Almost 10 million Dutch travelled to their holiday destination in the high season of 2016.

Older generation catching up on social media

The use of social media rose among older people between 2014 and 2016, but has hardly changed among young people.

Holidays to Paris at lowest level in 10 years

In holiday year 2016, the number of holidays spent in Paris by Dutch tourists was at its lowest level in ten years.

Almost 90 percent say they are happy

Most Dutch are happy. Increased happiness perceptions are related to good health and a good relationship.

Women’s emancipation: a slow process

Women work fewer hours, earn lower incomes. More women in top civil sector and commercial sector positions.

Nearly one in five Dutch buy food products online

Nearly three-quarters of Dutch residents report to have bought goods or services online in 2016.

More tourists visiting Bonaire in 2015

Tourism on Bonaire was up in 2015 and remained stable on Saba and St Eustatius compared to the previous year.

Tourism sector increasingly important

The tourism sector is becoming ever more important to the Dutch economy.

Factsheet Yachts 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.

More than 10 million online shoppers

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 Dutch population - as many men as women - active in volunteer work

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.

Largest Dutch museums are winning the struggle for visitors

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.

Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands in 2014

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.

substantial rise in hotel guests in 2014

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.

Dutch less politically active than Germans

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.

9 in 10 people access the internet every day

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.

Papiamento most-spoken language on Bonaire, English on Saba and St Eustatius

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.

over 80 percent of Caribbean Netherlands population are religious

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.

40 percent of quests in Dutch overnight accommodations are foreigners

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.

over one third of internet users engaged in cloud computing

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.

Fewer churchgoers, especially among Catholics

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.

Seven out of ten Caribbean Netherlands inhabitants regularly online

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.

Tourism sector mainly grows through foreign tourists

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.

Online shopping continues to increase

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.

Most young people online with smartphone

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.

Dutch internet skills above EU average

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

Government websites frequently accessed: Netherlands in top EU countries

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.

More over-55s on holiday

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.

Church attendance in decline

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.

Rapid increase internet usage among older people

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.

More than 1 million Dutch holidaymakers travelled to winter sports resorts last year

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.

More than one in three guests in overnight accommodations are foreigners

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.

More and more households have laptops, smart phones and tablet computers at their disposal

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.

Slight rise in use of government websites

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.

Households spent 1 thousand euros on sport in 2010

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.

Seven in ten internet users active on social media

Last year, seven in every ten Dutch internet users aged 12 years and older were active on social media. Facebook and Twitter are very popular social networks. Nearly all young people are regular users of Facebook and Twitter. The proportion of social media users in the Netherlands is among the highest in the European Union.

Smartphones used most for mobile internet access

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.

Dutch spend nearly 16 billion euros on holidays in 2012

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.

More and more Dutch people shop online

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.

One third of over-75s use the internet
Seven in ten use online banking services

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 and more digital TVs

Seven in ten households have a digital television set; the rate is three times as high as half a decade ago. TVs with Internet access are also becoming more and more common in Dutch households.

One in six go to church or mosque on a regular basis

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.

More than 4 percent socially excluded

More than 4 percent in the Dutch population aged 16 years or older were socially ostracised in 2010. This group rarely participates in social activities, hardly has access to institutions, has poorly developed norms and moral values and also belongs to the materially underprivileged members of society. tweet: More than 4 percent in the Dutch population aged 16 years or older were socially excluded in 2010.

Mobile internet use continues to grow

There were 12.4 million internet users in the Netherlands in 2012. This is 96 percent of all 12 to 75 year-olds.

The Netherlands in the European top in internet banking

Nearly 4 in 5 Dutch people aged 16-75 do their banking online. This brings the Netherlands to the top of the European Union.

Fewer domestic and more foreign holidays last year

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.

Home Internet access rate highest in the Netherlands

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.

Dutch among top online shoppers in Europe

Around seven in ten Dutch people aged 16-75 years shopped online in 2011. This figure reflects the continuing increase in online shopping in the Netherlands, and places the Netherlands among the top online shoppers in the European Union.

More older people active online

Internet use among the older generation in the Netherlands has increased dramatically in recent years. Older people are catching up on younger generations.

Substantial growth mobile Internet usage

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.

Use of security software in the Netherlands highest in the EU

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).

Tourism from Belgium nearly doubled in past decade

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 increasingly popular
Dutch spent to the tune of 15 billion euro on holidays last year

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.

Large rise in number of hotel guests

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.

Young religious people form the minority

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.

Online shopping increasingly popular
Dutch youth very active on social networks

No less than 91 percent of young Internet users in the Netherlands were active on social networks like Hyves, Twitter and Facebook in 2010.

Internet users concerned about online risks

In the spring of 2010, 12 million people aged 12 to 75 years in the Netherlands said they regularly went online.

Tourist spending dramatically down

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).

More and more Dutch holidaying in Germany

Dutch holidaymakers have been increasingly travelling to Germany in recent years. Sauerland and the Eifel region are particularly popular holiday destinations.

Most older people still socially active

Generally, the participation rate among over-55s in social activities is relatively high, but the contact rate with friends and acquaintances for over-75s is below average. They also less frequently do volunteer work or provide informal help.

Men and women plump for different sports

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.

Many young people socially active

Six in ten 12 to 25-year-olds lead active social lives. More than four in ten are involved in volunteer work, about as many as in the higher age categories. Young people less often provide informal care to sick people, neighbours, relatives, friends or acquaintances.

Lower incomes less active in their leisure time

People in the lower income brackets are less active in their leisure time than people in higher income categories.

Holiday accommodations more popular
Six in ten e-shoppers book their holidays directly online

This year, nearly six in ten e-shoppers booked their trips and holidays directly online. Trips and accommodations are most frequently bought online.

Fewer newspaper subscriptions

In 2008 about 50 percent of the Dutch indicated that they had a newspaper subscription in their household. In 1997 this was 62 percent.

Foreign holidays account for higher CO2 emissions

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.

Dutch consumers embrace online shopping

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.

More funding for libraries

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.

Not only are motorcyclists ageing, they're riding more vintage machines

Dutch motorcyclists are growing older. While their average in 2000 was 39 years, this has risen to 45 years in 2009.

Sharp fall in business-related hotel stays
Entrance fees tourist attractions markedly higher

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.

Declining church and mosque attendance

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.

Tourist spending down slightly

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.

Hotel holidays gaining popularity

Eight in ten Dutch take a holiday at least once a year. The number of (online) hotel reservations through travel agencies is increasing.

Holidays popular with Europeans
Internet supplanting traditional media products

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.

Holidays 2007: more often and further away

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.

Dutch are regular online shoppers

Last year, 7.5 million Dutch people in the age category 16–74 bought one or more articles online. Together with Denmark and the United Kingdom (UK), the Netherlands tops the EU list.

No home internet access for 1.2 million Dutch people

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).

Nearly 15 thousand lawyers in the Netherlands in 2007

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.

More and more media products via the internet

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.

Fewer sailing boats, more motorboats

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.

One in seven sports club members play tennis

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.

Considerable increase in canoe and rowing clubs in the past decade

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.

Fewer swimming pools

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.

Sports trips less popular
Over 3.6 million people stay on Dutch camping sites

Last year, 3.6 million people stayed on Dutch camping sites. The number of camping guests has been all but stable since 2000.

Dutch spent 141 million euro in China last year

In 2007, Dutch travellers to China spent 141 million euro, an increase by 3 percent relative to 2006.

Nearly half of Dutch population engaged in volunteer activities

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.

Tourist spending up sharply

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.

More package holidays

Last year, 12.5 million Dutch went on holiday at least once. Fewer and fewer people go on holiday without having made prior arrangements.

Only few Dutch people go to church or mosque regularly

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.

Dutch spend more on recreational trips

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.

Leisure activities income-related
One in five Internet users has mobile access

More than 2 million people in the Netherlands accessed the Internet using mobile equipment such as a laptop or mobile phone in 2007.

Dutch read fewer books, but bookshops record higher turnover rates

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.

Dutch have average Internet skills

The Dutch are using the Internet for an increasing number of activities. Compared with other countries in Europe, there are not many highly skilled Internet users in the Netherlands.

Internet telephony rising fast

74 percent of Dutch households had a fast internet connection at home in 2007.

Broadband accepted at neck breaking speed

Over 80 percent of all households with internet had broadband by June 2006. Four years earlier this was just a quarter.

Dutch lead a slightly more healthy life

The percentage of overweight Dutch adults fell for the first time in years in 2005, among both men and women.