The Netherlands became busier and older in 10 years, incomes grew by 8 percent

People now earn more than 8 percent more than in 2010. The gross domestic product per capita was then just over 40,000 euros, at the end of 2018 it was 43,224 euros. In between, the economy did shrink as a result of the financial crisis that broke out at the end of 2008.

The most noticeable changes since 2010 were perhaps the technological ones. According to the CBS, the possession of the smartphone and the use of social media in particular increased. Nine in ten Dutch people are now active on social media, compared to six in ten in 2012.

Falling lines

It is striking that an upward trend is not visible on all fronts. Due to the economic and financial crisis that began at the end of 2008, labor participation – the proportion of working people in relation to the entire population – fell continuously until 2014. It has since returned to pre-crisis levels.

A considerable dip can also be seen in the natural gas revenues of the government. The extraction of natural gas and its consequences, in particular the earthquakes in Groningen, was one of the largest political issues of the past decade. After the peak year of 2013, natural gas revenues plummeted from more than 16 billion euros to around 2.5 billion euros.

The group of Dutch people who have been the victims of crime has also declined. In 2010 that was 21 percent, seven years later ‘only’ 15 percent.

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