A. THE COUNTRY
The Kingdom of the Netherlands, in northwestern Europe, is also called
Nederland and often referred to as Holland. Government is a stable
parliamentary democratic constitutional monarchy. The country is host
to five international courts. The number of Christians is declining in
this openly permissive society. The Netherlands is the first country to
legalize euthanasia and is a world leader in promoting post-Christian
secular and New Age worldview and values. A leading export nation, it
is strong in industry and agriculture. Unemployment is low, and there
is a generous social security system.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~16,654,000 and official languages Dutch (Nederlands)
~89.2% are European, ~8.3% Asian, ~2.1% Caribbean, ~0.4% African.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Anti-discrimination legislation increasingly threatens Christian
liberties and absolutes in the name of tolerance. Less than 20% attend
church with any regularity and half of the nation’s church buildings
have been destroyed or are being used for other purposes.
~46.86% are Non-religious, ~46.55% claim to be Christian, ~5.5% Muslim,
~0.35% Hindu,~0.3% Other, ~0.22% Buddhist, ~0.18% Jewish, ~0.04% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
~25,7% are Catholic, ~17.35% Protestant, ~1.7% Unaffiliated, ~0.97%
Independent,~0.22% Anglican, ~0.17% Orthodox.
Evangelicals represent ~4.3% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~1.8% and of those ~1.1% are Pentecostals.
There is growth in number and strength of many independent churches, and
continued vitality among charismatic Pentecostal Christians.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.