Zeeland has already gained almost 3000 inhabitants this year. This is mainly thanks to Ukrainians who have fled the war in their country.
The province is approaching 390,000 inhabitants, according to preliminary figures from Statistics Netherlands. At the end of last month, the counter stood at 389,669. That is no less than 2902 people more than at the beginning of this year. By comparison, in 2021 the population grew by 512 in the first half of the year.
The exceptional increase is largely due to the war in Ukraine. According to the latest data from the municipalities of Zeeland, 2004 refugees from the country have registered.
Goes is the biggest grower, Kapelle is shrinking
The municipality of Goes continues to grow rapidly and has gained 407 inhabitants in the past six months. Tholen is second to none (+374), followed by Middelburg (+341) and Vlissingen (+299). It is striking that, despite the arrival of more than fifty Ukrainians, Kapelle now has 23 fewer inhabitants than at the beginning of this year.
Zeeland shrank in the period 2011-2013, but has been growing continuously since then. Outliers were 2020 (1912 inhabitants) and 2021 (+1307). Those numbers appear to be well surpassed this year. In the past six months, Zeeland was, in proportion, even one of the fastest growing areas.
The province no longer has to rely on its own growth. In the first six months of this year, 1676 babies were born, while 2258 Zeelanders died. In four municipalities the number of births is still higher than the number of deaths: Borsele, Kapelle, Reimerswaal and Tholen. In Terneuzen, twice as many people died as children were born.