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The Netherlands in Numbers, 2020 is the successor to Trends in the Netherlands and the Statistical Yearbooks and Pocket Books. This web publication provides more depth to the booklet of the same name with 38 infographics, and contains text, figures and references for those who want to find out more about a subject.

Hand-picked information

In this special publication, we make no apologies for picking and choosing. From the vast amount of data collected by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), we have carefully selected the figures that form the basis of these 38 special infographics. This enables us to paint a light-hearted but nonetheless accurate picture of how the Netherlands is doing.

Or to be more precise, how the Netherlands was doing up to about March 2020. Since then, the coronavirus outbreak has completely transformed all aspects of life across the globe, and the Netherlands is no exception. One infographic in this publication is devoted to this new reality, while an up-to-date version forms part of the ‘Well-being in times of coronavirus’ dashboard on our website.

A long tradition

CBS can look back on a long tradition of publishing annual figures and yearbooks. The oldest version was issued as the Statistical Pocket Book in 1899, a publication primarily designed to provide policymakers with relevant statistics. Its successor, the Statistical Yearbook, also served that same purpose. Following the advent of the internet, the website and StatLine became repositories of up-to-date information and the publication, now titled ‘Trends in the Netherlands’, took on a more popular character.

The Netherlands in Numbers

Our new approach has meant taking a step back from the comprehensive overview we strived for in earlier publications. We see this as a supplement to the CBS StatLine database, which provides ongoing updates for all our figures. And as a companion piece to our website, where a full range of background information is available. Ultimately, our aim was to handpick an interesting and entertaining selection.

Have fun reading!

The questions


This web publication was developed by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in cooperation with Textcetera The Hague.
If you have a question or comment about this publication, please contact us.

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More information (in Dutch only):

Explanation of symbols

Explanation of symbols
Symbol Explanation
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

CBS responds to developments in Dutch society by providing statistical information as facts that matter, and communicates on these facts with the outside world. In doing so, CBS offers insights into current developments in society and helps answer policy questions. Research at CBS is focused on broad trends in society and how these are interrelated.

CBS has offices in The Hague, Heerlen and Bonaire with altogether approximately 2,000 staff. A society-oriented working attitude is essential to CBS. CBS provides figures which are relevant to society. Every year, CBS publishes around 600 statistical studies. Virtually every day, CBS data and figures are communicated to the outside world via news releases, video messages and through social media. This results in some 50,000 articles per year in daily newspapers and on news sites.

For more information on CBS’s tasks, organisation and publications, go to


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Concept & image editing

Irene van Kuik


Anne Blaak

Janneke Hendriks

Richard Jollie

Hendrik Zuidhoek


Ronald van der Bie

Kees Groenenboom

Annelie Hakkenes-Tuinman

Michel van Kooten

Sidney Vergouw

Paul de Winden

Elma Wobma

Karolien van Wijk

Gert Jan Wijma


Gabriëlle de Vet

Frans Dinnissen

Final editing

Annelie Hakkenes-Tuinman

We thank all other colleagues who have contributed to this edition of The Netherlands in Numbers.