Friesland's Toilet-Friendliest Municipality is Schiermonnikoog

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, it was World Toilet Day. On this day, attention is paid to the importance of good sanitation and access to clean and safe toilets for all.

In the Netherlands, there is work to be done because from recent research has shown that one in five people regularly stay home because of the lack of toilets. It is therefore safe to say that this is a social problem. To draw attention to this problem on World Toilet Day we annually make the well-known ranking of "the most toilet-friendly municipality of the Netherlands" is announced.

Not only on World Toilet Day should attention be paid to (the solution of) this social problem. As far as we are concerned, this should always be on the agenda. That is why we zoom in on one of our 12 provinces every month on our website, giving insight into how the municipalities within that province are doing. Would you also like to be the first to receive this data in your mailbox every month? Sign up for the newsletter!

We are going down the provinces not in alphabetical order, but by the best municipality of the worst province to be found. This month, we zoom in on the province of Friesland

Province of Groningen - Municipality of Groningen (124) - December 2022
Province of Flevoland - Municipality of Noordoostpolder (90) - January 2023
Province of Gelderland - Municipality of Harderwijk (16) - February 2023
Province of Overijssel - Municipality of Losser (11) - March 2023
Province of Drenthe - Municipality of Assen (10) - April 2023
Province of North Brabant -Municipality of Vught (7) - May 2023
Province of Limburg - Municipality of Roermond (6)- June 2023
Province of South Holland -Municipality of Rotterdam (5) - July 2023
Province of North Holland - Municipality of Alkmaar (4) - August 2023
Province of Friesland - Municipality of Schiermonnikoog (3) - September 2023
Province of Utrecht - Municipality of Utrecht (2) - October 2023
Province of Zeeland - Municipality of Veere (1) - November 2023

Frisian municipalities and number of inhabitants per toilet

The most toilet-friendly municipality in the province of Friesland is the municipality of Schiermonnikoog. With a total of 736 points, they managed to secure 1st place.

In order to paint a vivid and clear picture of the need for more toilets for the municipalities within the province of Friesland, we have divided up the number of inhabitants per available toilet for each municipality. We want to emphasize that visitors and tourists to the municipality are not included here at

For example, even in the best scoring municipality in this province (municipality of Schiermonnikoog), a total of 135 residents have to share one public/open toilet, with a total of 7 toilets. In the least scoring municipality (municipality of Dantumadiel), 18,957 residents share one public/open toilet. So there is plenty of room for improvement! The number of people who have to share a toilet is 1 of the 6 indicators on which the national ranking is based.

‍Therankings of the province of Friesland

We have listed the full rankings of municipalities within the province of Friesland for you below and whether they have increased or decreased in the province compared to last year.

For a full view of the table, it is best to turn your mobile in landscape or look at it on a desktop.

Location & municipality(+/-)ToiletsResidents on 1 toilet
1. Schiermonnikoogequal07135
2. Vlielandequal02598
3. Opsterlandincrease1251.192
4. Achtkarspelendecrease1271.035
5. Terschellingincrease25992
6. Amelandincrease313289
7. Harlingendecrease2101.590
8. Weststellingwerfequal0191.383
9. Noardeast-Fryslânincrease6222.072
10. Waadhoekedecrease4281.654
11. Heerenveendecrease1202.556
12. Tytsjerksteradielincrease1152.152
13. De Fryske Marrenincrease6271.911
14. Leeuwardenincrease2731.719
15. Súdwest-Fryslânincrease3422.150
16. Smallingerlandincrease1222.541
17. Eaststellingwerfdecrease692.853
18. Dantumadielincrease9118.957

Room for improvement

Nationally, the municipality of Schiermonnikoog ranked 3rd with 736 points out of a total of 344 municipalities in the Netherlands at that time. If you compare this with the 1,000 points that can be achieved, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

With a few simple steps it is possible for every municipality to finish even higher in the national ranking in the coming year. There are more than enough achievable opportunities for all municipalities to become more toilet-friendly and thus not only more inclusive, but also more welcoming.

These include:

  1. Make toilets at municipal locations public for passersby.
  2. Installation of public (seasonal) restrooms in high-traffic locations.
  3. Local businesses are asking if their restrooms can be made public for passersby.
  4. Making restrooms clearly findable by becoming a partner of HogeNood and notifying restrooms and keeping track of dates in the HogeNood CMS, placing signs at
    location leading to the restroom, and placing stickers at restroom locations themselves to provide additional designation.  
  5. Keeping a sustainable toilet policy so that not only now, but also in the future, having sufficient hygienic toilets within the
    municipality are ensured.

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The complete ranking of toilet-friendly municipalities of the Netherlands 2022

For those who want to discover where their own municipality has landed, we have the complete ranking of all 344 for World Toilet Day 2022 also as an interesting article. In it you can read how the list came about and how many points each municipality managed to achieve in 2022. There is also the map that gives insight into the proximity of all the registered toilets in the HogeNood app.

Monthly updates on each province via the newsletter

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Note: the dates used in this article is a snapshot of World Toilet Day 2022, changes may have occurred in the interim.