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Koreans in the Netherlands

Koreans in the Netherlands
Total population
6,120 (2012)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Amsterdam, Rotterdam[2]
Christianity [3] and Mahayana Buddhism[4]
Related ethnic groups
Korean diaspora

Koreans in the Netherlands form one of the smaller Korean diaspora groups in Europe. As of 2012, 6,120 people of Korean origin (expatriates and immigrants from North or South Korea and 2nd-generation Koreans) lived in the Netherlands.[1]


  • Demographic characteristics 1
  • Adoptees 2
  • Education 3
  • Religion 4
  • Notable people 5
  • Footnotes 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Demographic characteristics

As of 2012, statistics of the Dutch Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek showed:

  • 55 North Korean-born and 3,239 South Korean-born persons
  • 4 persons of North Korean origin and 470 persons of South Korean origin born locally to two parents from outside the Netherlands
  • 2,352 persons born locally to one South Korean-born parent and one parent born in the Netherlands

For a total of 6,120 persons, not including ethnic Koreans from other countries. This represented more than four times the 1996 total of 1,492 persons, and growth of between 6.7% and 8.9% over the previous five years; the overwhelming proportion of the growth is attributable to increase in the foreign-born population rather than births in the Netherlands. However, Koreans still formed little more than a minute proportion (0.1%) of the total number of persons of foreign background.[1]

2011 statistics of South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade show a much smaller total of 1,771 persons, little changed from the 2009 total. Among those recorded, 108 were Dutch citizens, 614 were permanent residents, 253 were international students, and the remaining 796 had other types of visas. 629 lived in Amsterdam or its surroundings, 521 in Rotterdam, and the remaining 621 in other parts of the country.[2]


About 4,000 of the people of Korean origin in the Netherlands consist of Korean adoptees.[5][6] Dutch interest in adoption of babies from Asia began to pick up in the late 1960s; Dutch writer Jan de Hartog, who himself had earlier adopted two Korean War orphans, was promoting charitable activities for children in Vietnam who had been orphaned due to the Vietnam War bombings of Hanoi and Haiphong in 1966. In 1968, he appeared on the television show hosted by Mies Bouwman with his two adopted Korean daughters; after this broadcast, nearly a thousand people called the studio and expressed interest in adopting Korean babies. Between 1970 and 2000, Dutch parents adopted 3,993 South Korean babies.[7] The number of adoptions has fallen off; from 1995 to 2006, the total number of adoptions from South Korea was 349, with just two in 2005 and only one in 2006. This made South Korean adoptees about 10.9% of the 3,194 international adoptions and 2.25% of the 15,467 total adoptions during that period.[8]

A small number of adoptees have relocated to South Korea; however, due to cultural differences and the high expectations placed on their behaviour due to their external appearance of being Korean, they find it difficult to fit in there, and also find themselves the objects of unwanted pity for their status as adoptees.[5][6]


During the 2008-09 academic year, 283 South Korean Heineken cooperated to offer scholarships totalling €255,000 to 21 South Korean students that year.[14]

There are two Korean weekend schools in the Netherlands registered with South Korea's National Institute for International Education Development.[15] The first of the two, the Amsterdam Korean School, was established in May 1979; as of 2004, it employed 14 teachers and enrolled 90 students, including eight adult students.[16] The other, the Korean School of Rotterdam, was established in April 1996; it employed 14 teachers and enrolled 89 students, including 20 mature students.[17]


The South Korean embassy lists five Korean churches in the Netherlands (three in Amsterdam and one each in Rotterdam and Leidschendam).[3] The World Buddhist Directory also lists one Korean Buddhist temple, of the Jogye Order, located in Amsterdam.[4]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b c CBS 2012
  2. ^ a b MOFAT 2011, p. 176
  3. ^ a b 《주소 및 연락처》, Netherlands: Embassy of the Republic of Korea, retrieved 2010-05-03 
  4. ^ a b "Korean Buddhist congregations in the Netherlands", World Buddhist Directory (Buddha Dharma Education Association), 2006, retrieved 2010-05-03 
  5. ^ a b Deters, Sigrid (2003-10-29), "Voordelen van de dubbele identiteit", Wereld Expat, retrieved 2009-02-25 
  6. ^ a b Yoo, Sang-ah (2007-10-09), Korea zit in mijn bloed': Adoptiekinderen treffen lotgenoten in hun geboorteland"'",  
  7. ^ van de Wetering, Chris (2000-10-26), "Je blijft een Koreaan",  
  8. ^ Adopties naar land van herkomst, soort adoptie en geslacht, The Hague: Centraal Bureau voor de Statistie, 2007, retrieved 2009-02-27 
  9. ^ NUFFIC 2009, p. 3
  10. ^ NUFFIC 2009, p. 57
  11. ^ NUFFIC 2009, p. 45
  12. ^ NUFFIC 2009, p. 43
  13. ^ NUFFIC 2009, pp. 54–56
  14. ^ Kim, Bo-eun (2012-12-12), "Dutch universities seek to attract more Koreans", Korea Times, retrieved 2012-12-17 
  15. ^ NIIED 2004
  16. ^ NIIED 2004, [1]
  17. ^ NIIED 2004, [2]
  18. ^ Stoffer, Paul (2007-09-01), "Récardo Bruins Choi niet te kloppen op drogend circuit in tweede kwalificatie", RaceXpress, retrieved 2009-02-27 


  • "Korean Language School: Informal", Overseas Korean Educational Institutions, South Korea: National Institute for International Education Development, 2004, retrieved 2010-05-03 
  • Country Education Profile: South Korea, The Hague: Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC), September 2009, retrieved 2010-05-03 
  • Population by origin and generation, 1 January, The Hague: Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, 2012, retrieved 2012-12-17 
  • 《재외동포 본문(지역별 상세)》, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2011-07-15, retrieved 2012-02-25 

Further reading

  • Daamen, Bas; Hennart, Jean-Francois; Kim, Dong-Jae; Park, Young-Ryeol (2007), "Sources of and Responses to the Liability of Foreignness: The Case of Korean Companies in the Netherlands", Global Economic Review 36 (1): 17–35,  
  • van Tijn, Eli (1991), Nederlanders in Korea, Koreanen in Nederland, Ph.D. thesis, University of Amsterdam,  

External links

  • Arierang - Association of adopted Koreans in the Netherlands
  • Cool Koreans in the Netherlands - a 2006 article from the Vancouver Chosun Ilbo
  • Korean School of Rotterdam (로테르담 한인학교)
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