New statistic data show that the Netherlands might be a slightly lonelier place.
An increasing number of households consist of one person living alone than nuclear families with a husband, wife and children, according to published data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The number of people living alone is increasing steadily. Last year 1.8 million people lived alone in the age group between 18 to 65 years. In 1995 there were 1.4 million.
The increase is highest among middle-aged men. This is because they are more likely to live alone if their relationship break down and children are at stake.
According to CBS figures one in five men between 18 and 65 years old lived alone in 2010. In women, this was more than one in six.