In Holland -- or The Netherlands as that nation is more commonly called today -- the number of atheists has now surpassed the number of people who believe in God, the Dutch News website reports today (January 16, 2015).
Research by the Ipsos institute found just over a quarter of the population describe themselves as atheists, while 17 percent believe in the existence of God.
The last time the research was carried out in 2012 it put believers ahead of atheists. Some 60 percent are agnostic or unsure whether God exists.
Psychologist Joke van Saane says technological developments are having an impact on traditional patterns of belief. "It used to be that your village, your family or your church determined who you are. Now you can be someone on Facebook without traditional links," she said.