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Dutch population hits record 17.2 million

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Dutch population hits record 17.2 million

The total population of the Netherlands is 17,182,462, according to recent figures by the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics. The population of the Netherlands once again saw relatively substantial growth in 2017. Just as in 2016, approximately 100 thousand new residents were added on balance, mainly as a result of foreign migration. This has brought the total to nearly 17.2 million registered inhabitants, according to the latest estimates by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Foreign migration accounts for more than four-fifths of this population...

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The Netherlands ranked 3rd in Forbes Best Countries for Business 2018

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The Netherlands ranked 3rd in Forbes Best Countries for Business 2018

The Netherlands is crowned as the world’s third best country for business in 2018. Forbes annual ranking placed the Netherlands above other European countries including Ireland, Germany and France. This year, the UK moved up to the top and New Zealand ranks second overall for the third straight year. Ireland takes the eighth place, United States is twelfth. Germany (13), Belgium (17) and France (22) are all in the top 25 entries on Forbes’s list. Afghanistan, Haiti, Gambia and Chad make up the bottom four entries. As the sixth-largest economy...

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Foreign companies helped create over a million jobs in the Netherlands

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Foreign companies helped create over a million jobs in the Netherlands

There are around 15 thousand foreign-owned enterprises in the Netherlands. Together with their suppliers, these multinationals were good for approximately 1.4 million full-time jobs (FTEs) in 2014, i.e. almost 20 percent of all full-time jobs in the Netherlands. These and other figures on multinationals are reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in the latest edition of the Internationalisation Monitor. In 2014, foreign-owned multinationals created over 700 thousand FTEs in direct jobs. In addition, these companies contributed almost 650...

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British School in The Netherlands Creates 550 New Learning Places

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in News | 0 comments

British School in The Netherlands Creates 550 New Learning Places

The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) expands its primary school campus in Leidschenveen to include a secondary school, which will generate up to 550 additional learning places. The development of a secondary school at the existing Junior School Leidschenveen (JSL) campus is testament to the BSN’s ambition to create a learning continuum (from the ages of 3-18) with purpose-built design. When discussing the school’s plan for growth, CEO/Principal Kieran Earley commented: “Our plans are not to grow in an acquisitive way but we see this as...

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Dutch quality of life has improved in the past 25 years, report shows

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Dutch quality of life has improved in the past 25 years, report shows

The Dutch quality of life has improved in the past 25 years, according to a new research by Social Cultureel Planbureau (SCP). The study found that the Dutch population in 2017 is very different in a number of ways from the population in the 1990s. The size and profile of the population have changed. There are more than 17 million people living in the Netherlands, a rise of 13% in 25 years – though forecasts by Statistics Netherlands (cbs) suggest that this growth will stabilise over the next 20 years or so at around 18 million (cbs 2014)....

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The Netherlands a step closer to self-driving cars

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The Netherlands a step closer to self-driving cars

The Netherlands has moved a step closer to the introduction of self-driving vehicles on public roads. The House of Representatives has received the Experimenteerwet zelfrijdende auto’s (Draft Bill Governing the Experimental Use of Self-Driving Vehicles) from Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure & Water Management). Once the bill enters into force, the Minister of Infrastructure & Water Management can issue permits for conducting tests on public roads using remote drivers. Already, there are cars on the road that have...

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Friesland makes list of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World”

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in News | 1 comment

Friesland makes list of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World”

What do Friesland, Cleveland, Harar and Vienna have in common? They all made National Geographic’s list of the best culture trips to take in 2018. The magazine touts Friesland, Netherlands as one of their top culture destination. It highlights the birthplace of Mata Hari and a European Capital of Culture for 2018, Leeuwarden is the capital of the Dutch province of Friesland. Live the Frisian life: mud walk on the Wadden Sea, buy tin-glazed pottery in Makkum, and eat cinnamon-laced sugar bread. National Geographic Traveler magazine revealed...

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Amsterdam wins prestigious award for circular economy

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Features, News | 0 comments

Amsterdam wins prestigious award for circular economy

Amsterdam has won the World Smart City Award for circular economy. The price was awarded on Wednesday 15 November at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. With the award, the organization shows it’s appreciation for the pioneering Amsterdam program for circular economy and for the city’s efforts to develop policy for urban-level circular economics in several areas: local production of sustainable and seasonal food, local production of electricity, reduction of fuel consumption and the improvement of waste recycling. The World Smart...

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Major differences between Dutch political parties

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in News | 3 comments

Major differences between Dutch political parties

Today, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis has published the results of its assessment of the election manifestos. The report, Charted Choices 2018-2021, contains an analysis of the financial-economic choices made by 11 Dutch political parties. Differences between them proved to be large; both in the types of measures chosen by the various parties and in the resulting effects. The political parties participating in this assessment are VVD, PvdA, SP, CDA, D66, ChristenUnie, GroenLinks, SGP, DENK, VNL and the Vrijzinnige Partij....

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Dutch Economic Indicators Flash Green

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Dutch Economic Indicators Flash Green

The latest flurry of economic indicators is giving Dutch households and businesses reasons to be optimistic about The Dutch economy. According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation is improving further in February. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that all indicators published mid-February are performing above the level of their long-term average. Statistics Netherlands’ Business Cycle Tracer is a tool used to monitor the economic situation and economic developments. It uses thirteen key macro-economic indicators, which...

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Long-term unemployment down in the Netherlands

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Long-term unemployment down in the Netherlands

In 2016, long-term unemployment fell compared with the previous year. It is the first decline in long-term unemployment since 2009, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports. The number of long-term unemployed was also down among the over-55s, albeit less significantly than among younger age groups. After six years of rising long-term unemployment, the number of long-term jobless declined to 216 thousand in 2016. This was 259 thousand in 2015. Whereas among the under-55 age groups a modest decline set in one year earlier, among over-55s the number...

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Top 10 most profitable Dutch export products

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in Features, News | 3 comments

Top 10 most profitable Dutch export products

In 2015, the total export value of machinery and machine parts was almost 13 billion euros, equivalent to around 2 percent of GDP. These include chip manufacturing equipment and machines for the food industry. Data are based on a preliminary survey on top export products as reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Domestically produced natural gas is the second most successful export product. As reported earlier by CBS, agricultural products also have significant value for Dutch exports. Horticulture (flowers, plants, tree nursery products...

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North American companies led the way in investing in The Netherlands

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in Features, News | 1 comment

North American companies led the way in investing in The Netherlands

The Netherlands reported record levels of direct investment projects by foreign companies in 2016, driven by North American entities. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and its regional partners in the Invest in Holland network assisted in the attraction of 350 foreign investment projects worldwide in 2016, totaling $1.86 billion in capital investment and planned creation of more than 11,398 new jobs. NFIA North America had a record number of projects in the Netherlands last year with 88 direct investment projects, accounting...

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Largest increase in Dutch consumer spending in six years

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Largest increase in Dutch consumer spending in six years

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Dutch consumer spending was 2.8 percent up in November 2016 from November 2015. This is the largest increase in six years. Consumers spent more on durable goods such as clothes and household appliances.They also spent significantly more on natural gas due to a relatively cold month. The CBS Consumption Radar shows that circumstances for Dutch household consumption are more favourable in January than in November.

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House prices in Rotterdam above pre-crisis level

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in News | 0 comments

House prices in Rotterdam above pre-crisis level

In Q4 2016, prices of owner-occupied houses in the municipality of Rotterdam exceeded the pre-recession level for the first time. Across all provinces, the average price level of owner-occupied homes (excluding new constructions) was higher in Q4 2016 than one year previously. House sales reached an all-time high in 2016, as is shown in a survey on price developments of privately-owned residential property in the Netherlands, published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the Land Registry Office (Kadaster). Prices of owner-occupied homes...

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