According to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statictics (CBS) the economy in the Northern Netherlands is mainly on the up, with especially South-West Friesland seeing runaway growth numbers.
The economy in the whole of the Netherlands grew by around 2.7 per cent in 2018. As reported by RTV Drenthe, and the Omrop Fryslan, the Northern Netherlands joined in with the overall growth – with Drenthe in particular seeing around 2 per cent growth.
The region of ‘South-West Drenthe’ led the way in Drenthe, posting 2.9 per cent growth in 2018. This area, interestingly, is the only part of Drenthe without a major city – the largest conurbation being Hoogeveen, with around 55,000 residents.
Of all of the districts where growth was measured, it was Súdwest-Fryslân that provided a real surprise. The region saw economic growth of 5.2 per cent. The province with the highest growth overall was Flevoland (centred around Almere and Lelystad), which saw 3.4 per cent growth in 2018.
One of the only areas where the economic growth fell behind, was the east of the provincie of Groningen. It saw its economy shrink by 3.6 percent. One of the reasons suggested is a fall in the amount of natural gas being extracted from the province’s gas reserves.