Three Dutch provinces to face population decline
The provinces of Groningen, Zeeland and Limburg will lose as many as 250,000 people by 2040.
The Hague – The population in more than one quarter of the Dutch provinces will drop by more than 2.5 percent or 250,000 in the next 30 years, reports Central Bureau of Statistic (CBS) Tuesday.
The forecast shows the dip in population will occur mainly at the periphery of the country such as Groningen, Zeeland and Limburg.
The regional population forecast 2009-2040 was published by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and CBS and is issued every two years.
According to the study, these provinces can expect to lose about 250,000 inhabitants due to the aging population and young people moving away to the Randstad for better job and education opportunities.
The metropolitan cities will instead become more crowded as they gain 1.25 million people.
The southern province of Limburg will be hit hardest as former mining cities like Heerlen and Kerkrade are expected to lose 15 percent of their populations by 2040.
The study also predicts the Netherlands will have 17.5 million inhabitants in 2040.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica