Total number of inhabitants in the Netherlands 2018, by province

Total number of inhabitants in the Netherlands in 2018, by province

by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Total number of inhabitants in the Netherlands 2018, by province In 2018, Zuid-Holland was the most populated province in the Netherlands, with nearly 3.7 million inhabitants. That was nearly 850,000 inhabitants more than runner-up Noord-Holland, the province in which also the capital Amsterdam is located. That year, Amsterdam’s population alone made up 854,000 of Noord-Holland’s 2.8 million inhabitants.

  Zuid-Holland’s largest city is Rotterdam, home to approximately 639,000 people. The third largest city in the Netherlands, Den Haag (or The Hague, as internationals would know it) is also located in Zuid-Holland. The city, which hosts the Dutch government as well as many international organizations, reached a population of roughly 533,000 in 2018.

Utrecht and Eindhoven

   Completing the top five of the largest cities in the Netherlands are Utrecht and Eindhoven, located in the provinces Utrecht and Noord-Brabant. The city of Utrecht had nearly 347,500 inhabitants in 2018, or roughly one quarter of the entire population of the province bearing the same name. Eindhoven’s population reached nearly 230,000 that year, but as Noord-Brabant boasts two more of the largest cities in the country, Eindhoven plays a less central role in its own province as Utrecht does, despite being home to both Philips and one of the most successful football clubs in Dutch history, PSV Eindhoven.
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