According to Statistics Netherlands, 1,536 companies were declared bankrupt in 2021, the NL Times reported. That number was only slightly lower in 1990 at 1,527. The stats office has been keeping track of this data since 1981. The number of bankruptcies fell in almost all sectors of industry. Most bankruptcies happened in trade, but that is also the sector with the most companies. The number of bankruptcies in the catering industry more than halved last year compared to a year earlier. In 2020, the catering industry still had to deal with the most substantial increase in bankruptcies of all sectors. At the start of the coronavirus crisis, relatively many businesses went bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies in December decreased compared to the previous month. According to preliminary figures from Statistics Netherlands, the courts declared 137 bankruptcies in companies and institutions, excluding sole proprietorships. Read more.