17.13 million (2017)

Official language



Euro (€)

Official Statistics Office

Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

Trade Associations

General Publishing Group (GAU)
GEU (the trade association for providers of teaching resources)
Royal Association of the Book Trade
Trade Association for Bookshops (KBb)

Translation Programmes

Dutch Foundation for Literature Translation Grant financial support for the publication in translation of Dutch works

VAT on Books

6% for books and 21% ebooks

Fixed Book Price System


Trade Magazine



Publishers Association’s Book Market Statistics available to members on The Publishers Association website

Annual Book Fairs

International Literature Festival Utrecht is held over 15 days in September.
Crossing Border Festival is held over 7 days in October/November.
Poetry International Festival is held over 4 days in June.
National Education Exhibition (NOT) is held every two years over 5 days in January.

Useful Contacts

British Council
Tel: +31 (0)20 550 6060

Department for International Trade
Email: enquiries.nl@mobile.trade.gov.uk