Many young smokers in the north

Between 2010 and 2014, over 14 percent of young Dutch between the ages of 12 and 20 were smoking. This percentage is particularly high in the north of the Netherlands. The share of young people smoking is highest in the province of Drenthe (19 percent), followed by the province of Groningen and the northern Netherlands region, each with 18 percent. The lowest share of smokers aged 12 to 20 is found in the middle region of the country. The municipal health care regions of  Amsterdam, Utrecht and the Gooi- en Vecht area report a percentage share of 11 percent young smokers.

Health and welfare | 11-12-2015 | 09:12

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Low labour participation among young people in Groningen

Many municipalities in Groningen province have a very low employment rate among young people aged 15 to 27. Likewise, many young people in the larger cities in the provinces of South and North Holland are unemployed. Labour participation rates among young people in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam are 59 percent, 52 percent and 53 percent respectively, considerably lower than the national average of over 62 percent. 

Labour | 11-12-2015 | 09:12

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Most 15-year-olds attending vmbo live up north

Nearly half of the 15-year-olds in the Netherlands are attending a form of pre-vocationalsecondary education (vmbo) in the academic year 2014/’15. The share is particularly large in the provinces of Groningen and Friesland. The number of vmbo students provides an indication of the educational level of young people in a municipality.

Education | 11-12-2015 | 09:12

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Relatively more children of families on income support in the big cities

At the end of 2014, the Netherlands had almost 230 thousand children aged 0 to 18 years in families relying on income support benefits, which equals 6.5 percent of all children living with their parents. The percentage shares were considerably higher in Rotterdam (18.2 percent) and Amsterdam (14.4 percent). The Hague also featured in the top 10 of municipalities with children raised on income support, 12.3 percent. Utrecht was not included in the top 10, but ranked above average with 8.1 percent.

Labour | 11-12-2015 | 08:12

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Number of minors declining

The number of young people under 18 has declined by 170 thousand since 2005. The Netherlands had 3.4 million minors at the start of 2015, amounting to 20 percent of the total population. The number of minors is expected to continue falling over the next few years by 90 thousand until 2023. The decline will occur in almost every region, in particular Achterhoek and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. On the other hand, the Randstad urban conglomeration still sees an increase in the number of young people.

Young people and families | 11-12-2015 | 08:12

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More and more underage children live with one parent

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands this week, nearly 15 percent of all underage children in the Netherlands lived in a one-parent family in 2014. Families within which children grow up have changed in the last fifteen years. More 0-17-year-olds live in a one-parent family and an ever increasing number have unmarried parents.

Young people and families | 27-03-2015 | 09:03

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One in seven underage children live in a single-parent family

The population of the Netherlands includes 3.5 million underage children. One in seven of these children live with just one parent. This proportion varies strongly between municipalities.

Young people and families | 19-12-2013 | 17:12

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Young people in low-income households more often overweight

Approximately 15 percent of 2 to 25-year-olds struggle with overweight. Yet, nearly all young people assess their state of health as good. Young members of low-income households are more often overweight and have more GP contacts than their counterparts in the households with the highest incomes.

Health and welfare | 08-08-2013 | 17:08

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More children at risk of poverty

The number of underage children at risk of poverty has increased in 2011. In the provinces of South Holland and Groningen, more children grow up in poverty than in other provinces. In more than half of cases, families do have enough money to go on holiday.

Health and welfare | 08-04-2013 | 17:04

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More students in higher education

A growing part of 18-24 year-olds embark on a study in higher vocational education (hbo) or university (wo). Women and young people with a non-western background are the main contributors to the increase. The proportion of students in general secondary vocational education (mbo) has remained stable in recent years.

Education | 29-06-2011 | 18:06

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