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Total country population 17,500,000
Core Jewish population 29,700
Jews per total 1,000 in population 1.70
Population with a Jewish parent 43,000
Enlarged Jewish population 53,000
Law of Return Jewish population 63,000



  • The total population of the Netherlands on 1 January 2016 stood at 15,979,100. Its population grew by 78,400 in 2015, of which 55,400 was due to inward migration.
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of the Netherlands was estimated to be 29,900 (0.19% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 52,000 (0.33% of the wider population).
  • The core Jewish population was estimated to be 25,700 in 1990 ( 0.17% of the wider population), and has therefore grown by approximately 16% over 25 years during which the wider population has grown by approximately 13%.
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 1,611 Dutch citizens emigrated to Israel.
  • An estimated 57,000 Dutch citizens qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.
  • About half of the Jewish population is concentrated in Amsterdam with significant communities in Rotterdam and the Hague, together with a number of smaller population centres.

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