Are inhabitants of the province of Drenthe the most popular Dutch people? Or the friendliest? That’s hard to say. But the fact is that residents of Drenthe receive the most Christmas cards of all Dutch provinces
Drenthe is at the forefront – as the RTV Drenthe broadcaster reports – when it comes to the number of Christmas cards per inhabitant of the province. This is evident from the annual Christmas card survey by the “Greetz” organisation: an online retailer for greetings cards. Doormats in Drenthe are graced by an average of 5.1 cards, whilst the nationwide average does not exceed 4.4.
The municipality of Coevorden in the south of Drenthe is the leader when it comes to the number of Christmas cards on the doormat per inhabitant. 5.8 Christmas cards are delivered per inhabitant of Coevorden. The municipality of Borger-Odoorn is a good number two, with 5.7 Christmas cards per inhabitant. With an average of 4 per inhabitant, the municipality of Westerveld is the least generous in this province.
The municipality where the most Christmas cards are delivered per inhabitant across the Netherlands is outside Drenthe. Residents of the South Holland municipality of Westvoorne receive 9.3 cards per resident. Residents of the province of Overijssel are the least likely to get a large number of cards. The inhabitants in this province receive an average of 3.7 Christmas cards per inhabitant in the letterbox.
It has not been investigated why residents of Drenthe receive so many Christmas cards. It may have to do with the composition of the population. More young people live in a city like Groningen, and they may be more used to sending digital Christmas greetings there.
Image: via Flickr user Proflowers