Dutch Wikipedia

The Dutch Wikipedia (Dutch: Nederlandstalige Wikipedia) is the Dutch-language edition of the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. It was started in June 2001. As of December 2019, the Dutch Wikipedia is the sixth-largest Wikipedia edition, with 1,983,751 articles. It was the fourth Wikipedia edition to exceed 1 million articles, after the English, German and French editions. In April 2016, 1154 active editors made at least five edits in that month.

Dutch Wikipedia
The homepage of the Dutch Wikipedia.
Type of site
Online encyclopedia
Available inDutch
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byDutch Wikipedia community
Launched19 June 2001 (2001-06-19)


The Dutch Wikipedia was started on 19 June 2001, and reached 100,000 articles on 14 October 2005. It briefly surpassed the Polish Wikipedia as the sixth-largest edition of Wikipedia, but then fell back to the eighth position. On 1 March 2006, it overtook the Swedish and Italian editions in one day to rise back to the sixth position. The edition's 500,000th article was created on 30 November 2008.[1] In a 2006 Multiscope research study, the Dutch Wikipedia was rated the third-best Dutch-language website, after Google and Gmail, with a score of 8.1.[2]

The Dutch language Wikipedia has the largest ratio of Wikipedia pages per native speaker of all of the top 10 largest Wikipedia editions. Its rate of daily article creations spiked in March 2006, rapidly growing to an average of 1,000 a day in early May 2006. After this number was reached, growth dropped to an average of only about 250 a day, comparable to the averages around December 2005. Since then, there have been more article-creation surges, one of the largest peaking at 2,000 new articles per day in September 2007, but the growth rate has always returned to the lowest average of around 250.

In 2008, Dutch businessman Bob Sijthoff attempted to sue "the Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland" and "the Stichting Wikimedia Nederland" to force the removal of his Dutch Wikipedia article, which he stated contained "false and abusive" information.[3] On 10 December 2008, the court rejected his request. The judge ruled that he had sued the wrong entity and that legal responsibility for the content of the articles would not lie in the Netherlands, but with the American Wikimedia Foundation.[4]

Internet bots

The majority of articles in Dutch Wikipedia (59%) were created by internet bots.[5] In October 2011, several bots created 80,000 articles (then equivalent to 10% of the entire edition's article count) in only 11 days.[6][7]

The Dutch Wikipedia's one-millionth article was created in December 2011, after another surge of bot activity saw 100,000 added articles in only 10 days. In late March 2013, the Dutch Wikipedia surpassed the French Wikipedia to become the third-largest edition of Wikipedia. In June 2013, it overtook the German Wikipedia to become the second-largest Wikipedia edition.

Article growth

DateNumber of articles[8]New articles per day (avg.)
19 June 200111
27 January 200550,000125
14 October 2005100,000270
24 May 2006200,000625
26 December 2006250,000250
28 May 2007300,000250
17 January 2008400,000435
30 November 2008500,000344
30 April 2010600,000167
19 June 2011700,000625
18 September 2011750,000175
22 October 2011800,00010,000
12 July 2011900,00010,000
17 December 20111,000,00010,000
14 September 20121,100,0003,333
3 September 20131,200,00010,000
18 March 20131,250,0003,333
22 March 20131,300,00010,000
4 January 20131,400,00010,000
4 December 20131,500,00010,000
14 June 20131,600,00010,000
14 October 20131,700,000127


Article depth

The depth or editing depth of Wikipedia is a rough indicator of the encyclopedia's collaborative quality, showing how frequently its articles are updated.[9] The depth is measured by taking the average number of edits per article multiplied by the extent in which articles are supported by discussion (among other things, talk pages). Among the nine language editions with one million articles, the Dutch, Swedish, and Polish Wikipedias in that order have depth parameters much lower than the other six.[10] As of March 2012, for the English version the article depth is 666, for the German 88, for the French 153, for the Spanish 160, for the Dutch only 18.[11]

Bytes per article

Compared to most other Wikipedia editions with a similar number of articles, articles on the Dutch Wikipedia have less content with an average of 1,598 bytes per article (as of February 2014). This is roughly 40% of that of the French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish editions (3,986–4,277 bytes/article as of February 2014).[12]


In 2019 the Dutch Wikipedia has 115 thousand unique categories. The average article in this language version has 5 categories, while number of unique categories per articles ratio is 0.059. The largest number of articles has Geography (30%) and Science (19%) category. In Dutch Wikipedia articles related to Events and Sports has the highest average quality. Content about Philosophy is read more often and articles in Education category have the highest authors' interest on average.[13]



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  2. "Nederlandse Wikipedia groeit als kool" (in Dutch). Multiscope.nl. Retrieved 27 December 2006.
  3. 'Ik wil niet op Wikipedia!', DAG, 25 November 2008
  4. Court ruling, Rechtspraak.nl, 10 December 2008
  5. Wikipedia Statistics
  6. List of Wikipedias on 20 October 2011 (archived). Wikimedia. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  7. List of Wikipedias on 31 October 2011 (archived). Wikimedia. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  8. "Statistics of the Dutch Wikipedia" (in Dutch). Nl.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  9. Wikipedia article depth; Wikimedia
  10. "List of Wikipedias". Wikimedia. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  11. Find out more-Wikipedia; Utrecht University Library
  12. Wikimedia Statistics, Wikipedia statistics, bytes per article. Retrieved 18 February 2015
  13. Lewoniewski, Włodzimierz; Węcel, Krzysztof; Abramowicz, Witold (2019). "Multilingual Ranking of Wikipedia Articles with Quality and Popularity Assessment in Different Topics". Computers. 8 (3): 60. doi:10.3390/computers8030060.
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