More Dutch singles outside large cities
29 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The number of singles living in the Netherlands will increase by 800,000 to 3.3 million by 2025, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said on Wednesday.
29 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — The number of singles living in the Netherlands will increase by 800,000 to 3.3 million by 2025, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said on Wednesday.
Currently, most Dutch singles live in the large cities, where more than 40 percent of households are made up of singles.
That figure is about 50 percent in 'university cities' such as Amsterdam, Wageningen and Groningen
The number of singles in the large cities will remain stable or barely increase in coming years while the percentage of singles in satellite cities increases, eliminating the differences.
In the satellite cities of Amstelveen, Zandvoort, Bussum or Diemen, for example, the number of singles will be between 45 and 50 percent by 2025.
The CBS attributed the rise in the number of singles across the country to the effects of the aging population, with more than half of the increase involving people aged 65 or older. However, more couples are also separating.
The CBS said all provinces will record an increase in the number of singles, with the provinces of Noord Holland, Zuid Holland and Brabant leading the way.
In 2025, some 46 percent of all households in Noord Holland will be made up of singles, followed by Groningen (44 percent).
In Flevoland and Drenthe, relatively few people will be living alone: about a third of all households will be single.
But rural municipalities in the north, east and south of the country are reporting increases in the number of singles. The percentage will rise from under 25 percent to more than 30 percent.
In 2025, there will be only one Dutch municipality, Staphorst, with less than a quarter of the households made up of singles.
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Subject: Dutch news