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Fireworks expenditure in the Netherlands 2018

As in many other places around the world, the Dutch like to welcome the new year with fireworks. Although some municipalities in the Netherlands organize firework shows, lighting fireworks is traditionally also a task parents and children enthusiastically fulfill together. Some families spend small fortunes on fireworks each year, and nearly 20 percent of buyers bought more than 100 euros worth of fireworks in 2018. Total consumer expenditure on fireworks reached 70 million euros that year.

 Fireworks buyers 

  At midnight on December 31st of each year, thousands and thousands of people take the street to light fireworks. In a 2018 survey, 15 percent of participants stated to always or usually light fireworks. On the other hand, the share of people not lighting fireworks was 60 percent, indicating that a large share of the Dutch population preferred not to participate actively in this tradition.

Most popular types of fireworks

  The same survey found that decorative fireworks were the most popular type of fireworks in the Netherlands, with 95 percent of participants who were planning to light fireworks stating that they would light decorative fireworks. Another 24 percent indicated they were planning to light firecrackers, another popular type.

Distribution of the consumer expenditure on fireworks in the Netherlands in 2018

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Release date

December 2018



Survey time period


Number of respondents

47,000 respondents

Special properties

consumers buying fireworks

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The source does not provide information on the original wording used during the survey. Thus, the wording chosen for this statistic may differ slightly from the one in the survey.

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