Netherlands Population 2022 (Live)

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According to current projections, the Netherlands population is expected to grow until 2034, when it will reach its peak of 17.5 million people. The population will begin to decline and will end the century with about 16.78 million people.

The Netherlands is currently growing at a relatively slow rate of 0.22% per year. This growth rate added about 37,742 people to the population from 2019 to 2020. The Netherlands has positive net migration of about 16,000 per year and the fertility rate is relatively low at 1.66 births per woman. The fertility rate is currently below the population replacement rate of 2.1 births per woman. Given this, the population growth is heavily driven by immigration. The Netherlands is receiving many asylum seekers from Syria.

The current population of Netherlands is 17,564,623 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2022 population at 17,564,014.

Netherlands Growth Rate

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Netherlands Population 2022 (Live)

Netherlands Population Clock

Netherlands Population (as of 7/21/2022)17,564,623
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2022)17,564,014
Births per Day99
Deaths per Day86
Migrations per Day16
Net Change per Day29
Population Change Since Jan. 15,858

Components of Population Change

One birth every 15 minutes0%
One death every 17 minutes0%
One net migrant every 90 minutes0%
Net gain of one person every 50 minutes0%

Netherlands Population Clock

Name Population
The Hague474,292
Almere Stad176,432

Netherlands Area and Population Density

Much of the Netherlands' northern and western border sits along the North Sea, and it is otherwise touched by Germany and Belgium in northwestern Europe. Based on the 2019 population of 17,132,068, the population density of the Netherlands is 1044 people per square mile (412 people per square kilometer) – placing the country at 16th in the whole world. This is spread over the country’s 16,412 square miles (41,526 square kilometers) of surface area.

Largest Cities in the Netherlands

The capital of the country is Amsterdam, which originated from a small fishing village in the late 12th century. The city later was known among the most significant ports of the world, especially in the Dutch Golden Age when the country made significant developments in the trade business. Geographically, Netherlands is a low-lying country - about 20% of its total area, which is 41,543 km2 and which has about 21% of the country’s total population, lies below sea level. And 50% of the country’s total area is located lower than or only one meter above sea level.

Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands, is by far the most populous city of the whole country. Its population alone is around 7 million compared to the 16.73 million of the country’s total population. This figure is comprised of 80,200 people living within the city limits, 1,557,905 in the urban area and 2,332,839 people in the metropolitan area.

Netherlands Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank

Netherlands Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank

Netherlands Population by Year (Projections)

Netherlands Population Pyramid 2022


Netherlands Median Age







Netherlands Population by Age

There are 14,270,346 people over age 18 in Netherlands.

Census Years

Year Date
19911 January 1991
20011 January 2001
20111 January 2011
20211 January 2021

Netherlands Population Pyramid

“The Kingdom of the Netherlands” is its official name, and what the locals call “koninkrijk der Nederlanden” is an integral part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The country is often called “‘Netherlands” or in Dutch, “Nederland.” The north and western areas of Netherlands border the North Sea. It has Belgium to its south and on its east is Germany. It also shares the Maritime Borders with Belgium, Germany and the UK; these borders are the theoretical boundaries drawn to separate the Earth’s water surface areas.

According to the statistics of 2013, Netherlands contributes to about 0.24% of the total world population, which makes it the 62nd most populated country in the world. The majority of its people are Dutch. According to July 2013 estimates, the country had a total population of 16.73 million. These statistics are generated by the census authority in Netherlands. The name of this statistical agency is “Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek.”

Netherlands Demographics

The Netherlands is the 27th most densely populated country of the world, concentrated over the country’s 41,526 square kilometers of surface area. The population is distributed as follows: 17.4% in the 0-14 age group, 67.7% in the 15-64 age group, and 14.9% in the age group of 65 and over.

The ratio of males to females is 0.98 male / female. This ratio at birth is 1.05 males / female; under the age of 15, it is again 1.05 males per female; in the age group 15-64 years, 1.02 males / female; and for the 65+ age group, it is 0.75 male / female.

The population is largely Dutch, comprising 79.3% of the total population. They are the major ethnic group of the country. Other ethnics that are minorities here include: Europeans comprising 5.7% of the population, the Turks comprising 2.4%, Indo-Europeans with 2.3% of the population, Moroccans at 2.2%, Surinamese with 2.1%, Caribbeans at 0.9%, Poles at 0.6%, Chinese at 0.3%, Iraqis at 0.3%, and some other ethnic groups that comprise the remaining 3.9%.

Netherlands Religion, Economy and Politics

The religions that are practiced by the population of the Netherlands are varied, let's take a look at the World Factbook stats from a 2015 estimate: Roman Catholic 23.7%, Protestant 15.5% (includes Dutch Reformed 6.5%, Protestant Church of The Netherlands 5.7%, Calvinist 3.3%), Islam 4.9%, other 5.7% (includes Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish), and no affiliation at 50.1% of the population.

The Netherlands has an extremely robust economy and is the 18th largest in the world- which is very impressive for a country of only 17 million. More than 25% of the EU's natural gas supply comes from the Netherlands, and the industry has been the country's strongest since the discovery of their supply in 1959. Their economy is knowing for having a high GDP per capita ($48,860 US dollars), low unemployment, and great international relations.

There are a few factors that one can examine to gain a better understanding of the quality of life in any country. Here, healthcare, literacy, and improved access to water and sanitation will be explored. In terms of health, 10.9% of the national GDP is spent on the healthcare sector, resulting in a fair density of resources - there are 3.48 physicians available per 1,000 residents and 4.7 hospital beds available per 1,000 individuals within the population. 100% of the population has access to clean drinking water, yet still 2.3% of the population struggle with access to improved sanitation facilities. When we turn to literacy, 99% of the population over the age of 15 is literate, and this likely results partly from a 5.5% GDP expenditure in the education sector.

Netherlands Population History

The population has seen significant growth during the last few decades. The census held in 1960 reported a total population of 11,461,964. This number grew over the years at a very high rate. Another census taken in 1971 reported a population of 13,060,115 people, but after that, the high growth rate started to decrease. Over the years, only 3 decades later, another census held in 2002 reported a total population of 16,105,285. The growth rate has been relatively slow ever since and currently is reported to be at 0.39% according to the latest census held in 2011 and has held the same through the 2017 estimates.

Netherlands - General Info

Note: * denotes provisional figures

Period Pop. at Start Births Deaths Immigration Emigration Corrections Pop. Growth Pop. at End
2019 January17,282,16314,19213,99821,54313,8807,85717,290,020
2019 February17,290,02012,14912,75821,59511,6639,32317,299,343
2019 March17,299,34313,54913,75718,26011,6966,35617,305,699
2019 April17,305,69913,71712,59317,53610,9687,69217,313,391
2019 May17,313,39114,34912,42617,42310,7478,59917,321,990
2019 June17,321,99014,23311,68317,05513,6105,99517,327,985
2019 July17,327,98515,47612,31423,04319,0397,16617,335,151
2019 August17,335,15115,44211,77337,26516,73324,20117,359,352
2019 September17,359,35215,13211,26736,75414,59426,02517,385,377
2019 October17,385,37714,70912,57124,84612,99713,98717,399,364
2019 November17,399,36413,68613,01718,55511,4267,79817,407,162
2019 December17,407,16213,04613,72815,18913,676-40842317,407,585
2020 January*17,407,58514,01514,12022,08115,7436,23317,413,818
2020 February*17,413,81812,86612,87221,32012,1409,17417,422,992
2020 March*17,422,99213,49816,20215,74012,91012617,423,118
2020 April*17,423,11813,32218,8549,3379,446-5,64117,417,477
2020 May*17,417,47713,73112,6168,9818,7651,33117,418,808
2020 June*17,418,80813,89411,48612,65911,3973,67017,422,478
2020 July*17,422,47815,57211,61517,78216,4115,32817,427,806
2020 August*17,427,80615,06512,53325,88615,54512,87317,440,679

Recent Population Dynamics by Month

Year Total Pop. Pop. < 20 Pop. 20 to 45 Pop. 45 to 65 Pop. 65 to 80 Pop. Over 80 Green Pressure % Grey Pressure % Never Married Married Widowed Divorced Pop. With Surinamese Bkgd. Pop. With Antillean Bkgd. Private Households One Person Households Multi-Person Households Avg. Household Size Births Deaths Pop. Growth (Natural) Pop. Growth (Immigration) Pop. Growth (Net Migration) Pop. Growth (Total) Pop. Growth %

Population Dynamics Since 1899