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How does CBS collect data?

CBS collects as much information as possible from existing government and business registers. The use of this information is regulated by law, with top priority given to privacy and reliability. Additionally, CBS collects data through its own surveys, keeping in mind that it is required to reduce the administrative burden (from survey taking) to a minimum. CBS’ statutory task is to compile and publish the statistics that are mandatory.

This infographic shows the source of the data Statistics Netherlands collects. 40 percent of the content comes from businesses and citizens, 60 percent from databases. How does CBS collect data? 4 0 % D a t a f r o m b u s i n e s s e s 6 0 % D a t a b a s e s a n d c i t i z e n s

Sixty percent of the figures collected and analysed by CBS come from registers of authorities and businesses, such as the PIVA (population register), the Tax and Customs Administration, annual reports from businesses to calculate the GDP, or data from energy companies on household and business energy consumption. The main advantage of using data from registers is that CBS no longer has to contact individuals and businesses as often, which makes the survey process less intensive and time-consuming for everyone.

40 percent from surveys

Forty percent of the figures are collected from businesses and citizens. This is done by means of surveys, conducted mostly face-to-face or – on a smaller scale – online.

Combining all these data sources in an innovative and reliable way creates greater possibilities to produce new, up-to-date, society-oriented and more detailed statistics, while keeping a sharp eye on privacy and reliability.

Facts that matter

CBS stands for a well-informed society, with information that is based on facts. CBS provides reliable, objective information for the insight that government and society require. In doing so, CBS contributes to social debate, research, policy development, and decision-making.


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More information (in Dutch only):

Explanation of symbols

Empty cell figure not applicable
. figure is unknown, insufficiently reliable or confidential
* provisional figure
** revised provisional figure
(between two numbers) inclusive
0 (0.0) less than half of unit concerned
2016–2017 2016 to 2017 inclusive
2016/2017 average for the years 2016 up to and including 2017
2016/’17 crop year, financial year, school year etc., beginning in 2016 and ending in 2017
2004/’05–2016/’17 crop year etc. 2004/’05 up to and including 2016/’17

Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond to the sum of the separate figures.

About CBS

Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

As a society we want information based on reliable figures so we know what is going on around us. CBS’ statutory task is to compile relevant and independent figures on a wide range of topics that are important to society and thus support public debate, policy development and decision-making. Whichever the issue or topic, we respond to the need for transparent and accessible information. All outcomes are made publicly available.

Through time, CBS has grown into an innovative knowledge institution, with continuous adoption of new technologies and developments in order to safeguard the quality of its data and its independent position.

CBS in the Caribbean Netherlands

CBS opened an office on Bonaire in 2010. The Bonaire office is responsible for all statistics referring to the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands: Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. Topics include prices, population, labour, income, the economy, tourism and trade.

Publications can be found in the dossier Caribbean Netherlands.


StatLine is the database of CBS. It offers a wealth of figures about the economy and society in the Netherlands and Caribbean Netherlands, freely available as tables, graphs or maps.

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