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Netherlands School Holidays 2017 and 2018

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 and 2018 school holidays dates for the Netherlands. These dates are unlikely to be modified. However, please check back regularly for any updates that may occur.

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science sets the school holiday dates for primary, secondary and special education schools in the Netherlands each year.

The Ministry sets compulsory school holiday periods like Christmas (2 weeks), May holiday (1 week) and the summer holidays (6 weeks) which must be adhered to by primary, secondary and special education schools. The Ministry gives only advisory dates for the spring (1 week) and autumn (1 week) holiday. The arrangement is different for institutions of secondary vocational education (MBO) and higher education schools, which are free to set their own holiday dates each year, providing that all the study load requirements are met.

School Holidays 2016/2017

School HolidaysRegionsStartsFinishes
Spring HolidayNorth Region18 Feb 2017
(Sat)
26 Feb 2017
(Sun)
Central & South Regions25 Feb 2017
(Sat)
5 Mar 2017
(Sun)
May HolidayAll Regions22 Apr 2017
(Sat)
30 Apr 2017
(Sun)
Summer HolidayNorth Region22 Jul 2017
(Sat)
3 Sep 2017
(Sun)
South Region15 Jul 2017
(Sat)
27 Aug 2017
(Sun)
Central Region8 Jul 2017
(Sat)
20 Aug 2017
(Sun)

School Holidays 2017/2018

School HolidaysRegionsStartsFinishes
Autumn HolidayCentral & South Regions14 Oct 2017
(Sat)
22 Oct 2017
(Sun)
North Region21 Oct 2017
(Sat)
29 Oct 2017
(Sun)
Christmas HolidayAll Regions23 Dec 2017
(Sat)
7 Jan 2018
(Sun)
Spring HolidaySouth Region17 Feb 2018
(Sat)
25 Feb 2018
(Sun)
Central & North Regions24 Feb 2018
(Sat)
4 Mar 2018
(Sun)
May HolidayAll Regions28 Apr 2018
(Sat)
6 May 2018
(Sun)
Summer HolidayNorth Region21 Jul 2018
(Sat)
2 Sep 2018
(Sun)
South Region7 Jul 2018
(Sat)
19 Aug 2018
(Sun)
Central Region14 Jul 2018
(Sat)
26 Aug 2018
(Sun)

School holidays are divided into 3 regions:

  • North Region – Province of Groningen (All municipalities), Province of Friesland (All municipalities), Province of Drenthe (All municipalities), Province of Overijssel (All municipalities), Province of Flevoland (All municipalities except Zeewolde), Province of Gelderland (Hattem), Province of Utrecht (Eemnes and the former municipality of Abcoude), and Province of North Holland (All municipalities)
  • Central Region – Province of Flevoland (Zeewolde only), Province of Gelderland (Aalten, Apeldoorn, Barneveld, Berkelland, Bronckhorst, Brummen, Buren, Culemborg, Doetinchem, Ede, Elburg, Epe, Ermelo, Geldermalsen, Harderwijk, Heerde, Lingewaal, Lochem, Montferland (except the former municipality of Didam), Neder-Betuwe (except the former municipality of Dodewaard), Neerijnen, Nijkerk, Nunspeet, Oldebroek, Oost-Gelre, Oude IJsselstreek, Putten, Scherpenzeel, Tiel, Voorst, Wageningen, Winterswijk and Zutphen), Province of Utrecht (All municipalities except Eemnes and the former municipality of Abcoude), Province of South Holland (All municipalities), and Province of North Brabant  Werkendam (except the communities of Hank and Dussen) and Woudrichem)
  • South Region – Province of Gelderland (Arnhem, Beuningen, Doesburg, Druten, Duiven, Groesbeek, Heumen, Neder-Betuwe (only the former municipality of Dodewaard), Lingewaard, Maasdriel, Millingen aan de Rijn, Montferland (only the former municipality of Didam), Nijmegen, Overbetuwe, Renkum, Rheden, Rozendaal, Rijnwaarden, Ubbergen, Westervoort, West Maas & Waal, Wijchen, Zaltbommel and Zevenaar), Province of Zeeland (All municipalities), Province of North Brabant (All municipalities except Woudrichem and the communities of Sleeuwijk, Nieuwendijk and Werkendam in the municipality of Werkendam) and Province of Limburg (All municipalities)

The school holiday dates varies across regions to distribute the peaks of holiday traffic. For instance, the start date of the 6-week summer holidays in the Netherlands is spread across 3 weeks – first week of July, second week of July and third week of July. As a result, schools in each region will have a different start date of the new school year.

Visit government.nl for the original release for school calendar year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

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