The Haarlemmermeer region experienced an economic contraction of 18 percent in 2020, making it the hardest hit of all Dutch regions. Amsterdam comes in second with a contraction of 7 percent, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The blood-red results of Schiphol Airport in 2020 also affect the Haarlemmermeer region, where the airport is located. Haarlemmermeer’s economy fell 18 percent in the past year. Statistics Netherlands attributes this to the strong dependence on aviation and related services.
Amsterdam was hit by 7 percent over the same period, mainly because the tourism sector and the catering industry were strongly affected by the corona crisis. Delfzijl performed best with a contraction of 1 percent, because it has a number of companies that performed better during the pandemic. The catering and travel sectors also have a smaller share in the economy of Delfzijl.
Most regions lost 1 to 3 percent in the fourth quarter. In Delfzijl and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen there was even a small growth of 1 percent. Furthermore, the figures are roughly comparable with the rest of the year. Haarlemmermeer is the fastest and Amsterdam is the first to pursue. The Haarlem region also lost 4 percent in the fourth quarter, mainly due to declining results in the culture, sports and recreation, transport, travel and catering sectors.
In the province of Groningen, the economy shrank by 5 percent in the past year due to reduced gas extraction.