Risk of an attack (threat level)

The Netherlands uses a system of threat levels that indicate the chance of a terrorist attack. Every quarter the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) publishes the current threat level for the Netherlands.

Four threat levels

The Netherlands has 5 ascending threat levels:

  • minimal: a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is unlikely;
  • limited: a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is possible but not likely;
  • considerable: a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is a strong possibility;
  • substantial:  a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is highly likely;
  • critical: a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is expected imminently.

Current threat level

The website of the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) lists the current threat level in the Netherlands. If there is an increased risk of a terrorist attack at a specific time or location, the NCTV will announce this on the radio, on TV or online.