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Netherlands

Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Geography

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

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

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

Religion

Largest Religion: Non-religious

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians7,752,13346.55-0.8
Evangelicals716,8834.30.6
Non-religious7,803,75846.86 

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Challenges for Prayer

Christianity in the Netherlands seems to have hit rock bottom. Less than 20% attend church with any regularity – the lowest figure in centuries. Possibly 65% of Dutch claim no affiliation with a church. Half of the nation’s church buildings have been destroyed or converted for other purposes, such as bars and mosques. The Church has effectively withdrawn from engaging society in the public sphere. But many think that hedonism and secular materialism’s emptiness are becoming apparent, and that church decline is slowing and even reversing. Pray for this opportunity to be seized by astute believers to regain momentum for church growth and spread the leaven of the Kingdom.

     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.