Population of the Netherlands 2019, by western and non-western background

This statistic displays the population of the Netherlands in 2019, by background. Of the approximately 17.3 million people living in the Netherlands on January 1, 2019, roughly 13.2 million people had a Dutch background.

Population of the Netherlands in 2019, by background

Total population17,282,163
Dutch background13,196,025
Total migration background4,086,138
Non-Western migration background2,311,867
Western migration background1,774,271
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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

Persons with a Dutch background: someone whose parents were both born in the Netherlands.
Persons with a migration background: first or second generation.
Western: someone from Europe (excluding Turkey), North America, Oceania, Indonesia or Japan. Because of their socioeconomic and cultural background people from Indonesia and Japan are also considered Western. This involves mainly people from the former Dutch East Indies and employees of Japanese companies.
All others are considered non-Western (first or second generation).

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