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Kingdom of the Netherlands


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Area: 41,785 sq km

Northwestern Europe occupying the Rhine delta; over 20% is below sea level.

Population: 16,653,346    Annual Growth: 0.41%

Capital: Amsterdam (administrative capital); The Hague (seat of government)

Urbanites: 82.9%

HDI Rank: 6 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 60 (20% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Dutch (Nederlands), Frisian. Many also speak English    Languages: 38 All languages


Largest Religion: Non-religious

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

The Roman Catholic Church is rapidly decreasing – from 41% in 1975 to 26% (other reports claim 18%) in 2010 – and every year has fewer priests and missionaries. Weekly attendance is reportedly as low as 300,000 on any given Sunday, and the aged composition of the faithful points toward further decline. However, there is also clear growth in the charismatic and evangelical groups within Dutch Catholicism, and a proliferation of Alpha Courses.

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Netherlands.