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Dutch holidays 2017 & 2018

Dutch holidays 2017 & 2018

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).

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.

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 2017

Dutch holidays 2017 Date
New Year’s Day / Nieuwjaarsdag January 1
Good Friday / Goede Vrijdag April 14 (not an official holiday)
Easter Sunday / Eerste Paasdag April 16
Easter Monday / Tweede Paasdag April 17
King's Day / Koningsdag April 27
National Remembrance Day / Dodenherdenking May 4 (not an official holiday)
Liberation Day / Bevrijdingsdag May 5 (holiday every 5 years; next in 2020)
Ascension Day / Hemelvaartsdag May 25
Whit (Pentecost) Sunday / Eerste Pinksterdag June 4
Whit (Pentecost) Monday / Tweede Pinksterdag June 5
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 2018

Dutch holidays 2018 Date
New Year’s Day / Nieuwjaarsdag January 1
Good Friday / Goede Vrijdag March 30
Easter Sunday / Eerste Paasdag April 1
Easter Monday / Tweede Paasdag April 2
King's Day / Koningsdag April 27
National Remembrance Day / Dodenherdenking May 4 (not an official holiday)
Liberation Day / Bevrijdingsdag May 5 (holiday every 5 years; next in 2020)
Ascension Day / Hemelvaartsdag May 10
Whit (Pentecost) Sunday / Eerste Pinksterdag May 20
Whit (Pentecost) Monday / Tweede Pinksterdag May 21
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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