One in 20 Dutch is Muslim

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24 October 2007, VOORBURG - About 5 percent of the Dutch population is Muslim, according to new figures for 2006 from Statistics Netherlands (CBS). That comes to about 850,000 people.

24 October 2007

VOORBURG - About 5 percent of the Dutch population is Muslim, according to new figures for 2006 from Statistics Netherlands (CBS). That comes to about 850,000 people.

The figure is lower than earlier estimates. The CBS says its new figures are more reliable than previous ones because it employs a different working method. According to the old calculations the number of Muslims would be more than one million in 2006.

Previously the CBS based its estimates on external research and the percentage of Muslims in the country of origin. Now the agency uses data from its Ongoing Survey into Living Conditions. In this survey people themselves indicate what religious congregation they consider themselves a part of.

The data indicates that almost half of people of non-Western background in the Netherlands follow Islam. Turks (almost 325,000) and Moroccans (more than 260,000) are the largest groups of Muslims.

A large group of Surinamese (34,000) also follows Islam. There are also 31,000 Afghan and 27,000 Iraqi Muslims in the Netherlands. There are 12,000 native Dutch Muslims, according to the figures.

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