Sharp rise in number of Dutch singles
2 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — The number of singles living in the Netherlands has increased by 400,000 in the past 10 years to almost 2.5 million on 1 January 2006.
2 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — The number of singles living in the Netherlands has increased by 400,000 in the past 10 years to almost 2.5 million on 1 January 2006.
About one in six men live alone and one in five women are single, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said on Monday.
The CBS attributed the increase in the number of singles to population growth. Relationships are more frequently ending in break-ups and youth are more often choosing to live alone.
The number of single men aged 35-54 is rising the quickest. In 1996, there were 300,000 single men in this age group. Ten years later, that figure had risen to 419,000.
The only age group that showed a decline was women aged 55 to 74. The CBS said this was because men are living longer.
The CBS also said that that number of residents declined in 13 of the 40 regions of the Netherlands. The decline was most noticeable in the region around Delfzijl and southern Limburg.
The number of residents only declined in nine regions a year ago and in 2000, only the southern Limburg region recorded a decline in the number of residents.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news