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The Netherlands has a strong Christian tradition with thriving churches but has also become one of the most secular countries in Europe

The Netherlands is well known for its art and rich historical heritage. It is a small, but densely populated country on the West Coast of mainland Europe which has a rich historical and cultural heritage. The birthplace of famous artists such as Rembrandt and van Gogh, the Netherlands is considered modern and forward-looking today.  

The Netherlands retains a strong Christian tradition with thriving Evangelical churches in many parts of the country. However, it has also become one of the most secular countries in Europe – over one third of the population has rejected traditional Christian values and the government has introduced liberal policies towards drugs, prostitution, euthanasia and abortion.  

OM was launched in the Netherlands in 1976, and since then, the home office team has been raising prayer and finances for the work of OM worldwide.  The team continues to send out many new workers to needy places. While the focus on “resourcing” is important, the team has also recognized the deep need for the hope in Jesus in its own country. 

Teams are now involved in active ministry within the country, as well as resourcing ministries in other parts of the world.  OM’s local focus is on reaching young people and immigrants. Workers run two youth centers, one in Delft  and one in Emmeloord. An OM team reaches out to the immigrant community in Amsterdam, providing practical help and friendship. 

Facts about Netherlands
Population:
17,000,000
People Groups:
Dutch, Flemish, Gronings, Frisian
Religion:
Non-religious
Percent Evangelical:
4%
Government:
Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
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