The counter shows how many registered inhabitants there are in the Netherlands at this moment according to the most recent estimate of Statistics Netherlands.
The population of the Netherlands grew by an estimated 104 thousand people in 2018. The growth rate was similar to that in the past two years. Just as in 2016 and 2017, growth was mainly due to migration. The Netherlands currently has nearly 17.3 million inhabitants, according to the latest estimates by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
Birth rate further down
The number of live births has declined since 2010. For several years, it has been around 170 thousand per year, which is similar to the number in the mid-1980s. The decrease is seen among young women in particular. The average age of women at the birth of their first child has risen further in recent years and the average number of children born has dropped. In 2010, the average number of children per woman was still 1.8, versus only 1.6 in 2018 as it stands now.