Population growth almost at a standstill
9 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch population scarcely grew in the first six months of the year.
9 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch population scarcely grew in the first six months of the year.
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said the population increased by 2,000 in this period, compared with an increase of 7,000 in the first half of last year. The population stood at 16,335,998 at the end of June this year.
The main reasons for the limited increase so far this year are a sharp increase in emigration and a decline in births. According to the CBS figures, there was a drop of 400 in the second quarter of the year. This is the first time the population has declined over an entire quarter.
The CBS said it expected a significant population increase in the second quarter of 2006 because it is normal for more children to be born in the latter part of the year. There will also be more immigrants arriving.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news