Edition 2021

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How fast is the Dutch population growing?

On an average day in 2020, the Dutch population grew by 185 people. A year earlier, the number was almost twice as high. On an average day in the non-conventional year 2020, population growth looked quite different from that in 2019. Fewer immigrants entered the country and more people died. Moreover, fewer couples tied the knot.

net migration 185 296418 441emigrantsPopulation growth on a typical day,in an atypical year603737immigrants=-
naturalgrowth0 49461 465births-461 416deathsin 2020in 2019=185 296daily netmigration0 49natural growthper day185 345daily populationchange= + = +

Fewer immigrants, more deaths

On an average day in 2020, 603 immigrants came to the Netherlands, compared to 737 the year before. Fewer emigrants also left the country: 418 emigrants per day in 2020, 441 in 2019. On balance, the population therefore grew by 185 per day through migration. A year earlier, population growth through migration was 296.

In 2020, the population only grew through migration, because on an average day the number of births and the number of deaths exactly cancelled each other out, resulting in a natural increase of 0. A year earlier, there were 49 more births than deaths each day. The number of deaths, in particular, was higher in 2020, while the number of births differed little. On an average day in 2020, 461 people died, 45 more than on an average day in 2019. There were also 461 children born on an average day, 4 fewer than in 2020.

More male deaths

On an average day in 2020, 230 men died and 230 women. Compared to a year earlier, 26 more men and 18 more women died on an average day. In 2020, 110 men aged 80 years or older died while 120 men were younger than 80 when they died. A year earlier, these figures were 95 and 109, respectively. The higher mortality rate among women is especially noticeable among those over 80: 145 deaths on an average day in 2020, compared to 132 a year earlier.

On an average day in 2020, 125 women were widowed, compared to 111 in 2019. Among men, the difference was smaller: 60 men became widowers, 3 more than on an average day a year earlier.

Mortality, daily average (deaths)
Under 80 80 yrs and over
Women, 2020 85 145
Women, 2019 80 132
Men, 2020 120 110
Men, 2019 109 95

Fewer marriage registrations

The coronavirus measures did not make 2020 an attractive year to get married. On average, 137 couples married per day. A year earlier, that figure was 174. At 66 per day, the number of partnership registrations was slightly higher in 2020 than in 2019 (60).

Marriage and partnership registrations (per day (average) )
2020 2019
Marriages 137 174
Partnerships 66 60

More people moved

On an average day in 2020, 5,027 people moved house, 147 more than in 2019. The strongest increase was seen in moves to another municipality. That number increased from 2,075 people to 2,168 people. Of the movers, 309 left the parental home to live alone, and 260 to cohabitate. This was also more than a year earlier (289 to live alone, 241 to cohabit).

Number of persons moving house (per day (average))
Binnen of buiten gemeente 2020 2019
Within the municipality 2859 2805
To another municipality 2168 2075

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