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Dutch holidays 2022 & 2023

Dutch holidays 2022 & 2023

Dutch holidays are regulated in collective agreements (CAO) and labour agreements so check your employer’s CAO or labour agreement to see what holidays are considered to be free days. If you work on a public holiday, you are (often) entitled to extra pay. Finally, as an employee, you are also entitled to holiday leave.

Types of Dutch holidays

Holidays in the Netherlands can be divided into three categories:

Dutch national holidays

There are two national holidays in the Netherlands: King’s Day (Koningsdag) and Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag).

While Liberation Day is a national holiday, not everyone may be free that day. This will depend on your employer or school. This day is only a free day for most every five years.  

Dutch public holidays

The commonly recognised public holidays in the Netherlands are the Dutch national holidays, New Year’s Day, and a few Christian holidays.

Please note that Good Friday is an official holiday in the Netherlands, but not everyone will be off from work. Please check with your employer or school whether you will have this day off.

Other holidays in the Netherlands

Additionally, the Netherlands also has a number of holidays that are not legally recognised (e.g. Sinterklaas).

School holidays in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there is a school-free period of six weeks in the summer (zomervakantie) and two in the winter (kerstvakantie). In addition, schools also schedule holidays in:

  • Spring (voorjaarsvakantie, carnavalsvakantie or krokusvakantie)
  • May (meivakantie)
  • Autumn (herfstvakantie)

Find out more about the Dutch school holiday system.

Dutch holidays 2022

Dutch holidays 2022 Date
New Year’s Day / Nieuwjaarsdag January 1
Good Friday / Goede Vrijdag April 15 
Easter Sunday / Eerste Paasdag April 17
Easter Monday / Tweede Paasdag April 18
King's Day / Koningsdag April 27
National Remembrance Day / Dodenherdenking May 4 (not an official holiday)
Liberation Day / Bevrijdingsdag May 5 (official holiday every 5 years; next in 2025)
Ascension Day / Hemelvaartsdag May 26
Whit (Pentecost) Sunday / Eerste Pinksterdag June 5
Whit (Pentecost) Monday / Tweede Pinksterdag June 6
Sinterklaas December 5 (not an official holiday)
Christmas Day / Eerste Kerstdag December 25
Boxing Day / Tweede Kerstdag December 26
New Year's Eve / Oudejaarsavond December 31 (not an official holiday)

Dutch holidays 2023

Dutch holidays 2023 Date
New Year’s Day / Nieuwjaarsdag January 1
Good Friday / Goede Vrijdag April 7
Easter Sunday / Eerste Paasdag April 9
Easter Monday / Tweede Paasdag April 10
King's Day / Koningsdag April 27
National Remembrance Day / Dodenherdenking May 4 (not an official holiday)
Liberation Day / Bevrijdingsdag May 5 (official holiday every 5 years; next in 2025)
Ascension Day / Hemelvaartsdag May 18
Whit (Pentecost) Sunday / Eerste Pinksterdag May 28
Whit (Pentecost) Monday / Tweede Pinksterdag May 29
Sinterklaas December 5 (not an official holiday)
Christmas Day / Eerste Kerstdag December 25
Boxing Day / Tweede Kerstdag December 26
New Year's Eve / Oudejaarsavond December 31 (not an official holiday)

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