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Indians in the Netherlands

Indians in the Netherlands
Total population
Regions with significant populations
The Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Zoetermeer, Almere
Caribbean Hindustani/Bhojpuri/Sarnami, Hindi, Dutch, English, Sranan Tongo and various other languages
Hinduism, Sunni Islam,
Roman Catholicism and Protestantism
Related ethnic groups
Non-resident Indian and person of Indian origin

Indians in the Netherlands are residents of Indian origin in the Netherlands. Most of the Indians in the Netherlands are of Surinamese origin.


  • Background 1
  • Notable people 2
  • Organisation working with Indians and Buinesses 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


After the Dutch government signed a treaty with the United Kingdom on the recruitment of contract workers, the Indians began migrating to Suriname in 1873 from what was then British Raj as indentured labourers, many from the modern-day Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and the surrounding regions. Just before and just after the independence of Suriname on 25 November 1975 many Indo-Surinamese emigrated to the Netherlands, mainly because of the uncertain future that awaited them. A large part of this population was against the detachment of the Netherlands. Currently there are more than 120,000 Indo-Surinamese living in the Netherlands, of which the majority, about 50,000, in The Hague and surroundings.

Notable people

Organisation working with Indians and Buinesses

  • The Netherlands-India Chamber of Commerce and Trade (NICCT)
  • Europe India Chamber of Commerce, Netherlands (EIBG)
  • India Netherlands Business Association [INBA]
  • Netherlands India Business Meet
  • Indian Expat Society
  • Netherlands India Association (NIA)
  • Bridging the gap foundation (BTG)
  • Dutch Indian youth Association (DIYA) [1]
  • Indyana Magazine (First Indian English Magazine in the Netherlands)

See also


  1. ^ India in Netherland

External links

  • Indian Diaspora in Netherlands
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