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Dutch producers more optimistic than most of their EU colleagues

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in News | 2 comments

Dutch producers more optimistic than most of their EU colleagues

On the basis of statistics provided by the European Commission, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that Dutch manufacturers are more positive than many of their European colleagues. The European producer confidence indicator, which differs marginally from the Dutch indicator, stood at 2 in November. The average producer confidence in the European Union (EU) was negative (-3.5). The most optimistic manufacturers were found in Slovenia, Hungary and Sweden. On average, the mood among European manufacturers was negative. Only in a few...

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Dutch households spent one billion euros on security

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in News | 1 comment

Dutch households spent one billion euros on security

In 2014, spending on security in the Netherlands amounted to approximately 13 billion euros. Security expenditure increased until 2013 but then declined marginally. Average spending per capita last year was slightly over 750 euros, according to Statistics Netherlands. Spending on security is defined as all spending on activities towards preventing and punishing crime, urban decay and nuisance, as well improving feelings of safety. The bulk of security expenditure, over 8.3 billion euros, is on account of the Dutch Ministry of Security and...

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Dutch home and car sales increased

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in News | 1 comment

Dutch home and car sales increased

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 12.1 percent in September 2015 relative to September 2014. The increase is again mainly due to considerably higher investments in residential property. According to the Statistics Netherlands’ Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands in November is somewhat less favourable than in September and October, mainly due to a lower growth of exports. Higher investments in residential property and cars Just as in previous months,...

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Rotterdam Named One of World’s Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2016

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Features, News | 3 comments

Rotterdam Named One of World’s Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2016

Rotterdam has been named one of the top cities in the world for travelers in 2016. The city receives the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016, the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. The bestselling, inspirational travel yearbook from the world’s leading travel authority highlights the top ten countries, cities and regions to visit in 2016. According to the book, “Futuristic architecture, inspired initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation...

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Dutch consumer-oriented producers optimistic about 2016

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Dutch consumer-oriented producers optimistic about 2016

Dutch producers selling directly to consumers are optimistic about their turnover results for 2016. Optimism prevails in the retail sector, the travel industry, the sector hotels and restaurants and the automotive sector. All these sectors anticipate better turnover results for 2016, according to Statistics Netherlands. In the retail sector, accommodation providers, like hotels and holiday parks and travel agencies and organisations show more optimism than other sectors. On balance 46 percent of retailers expect turnover to rise next year,...

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UvA makes sharp rise in THE World University Rankings

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in News | 0 comments

UvA makes sharp rise in THE World University Rankings

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has risen from 77th to 58th spot in the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the newest THE rankings, released on Wednesday, 30 September, the UvA is the second highest ranked Dutch university. The THE World University Rankings is based on 13 performance indicators grouped into five categories: teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%). The UvA’s score has risen in all of the categories, most notably in teaching, research...

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Two thirds of all Dutch people aged 15 to 74 have jobs

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Two thirds of all Dutch people aged 15 to 74 have jobs

The Netherlands has 12.7 million inhabitants aged 15 to 74. In this group, the number of employed has gone up by 12 thousand over the past three months. In August, 65.5 percent of all 15 to 74 year-olds worked in paid jobs, the equivalent of 8.3 million people: 4.5 million men and 3.8 million women. The number of working women has gone up in particular over the past twelve months. Last month, a total of 604 thousand people were unemployed, 13 thousand fewer than three months earlier. There were slightly more unemployed men than unemployed...

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Continuing decrease in Dutch imports of arms and ammunition

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in News | 7 comments

Continuing decrease in Dutch imports of arms and ammunition

Dutch imports of arms and ammunition (excluding fighter jets) have been on the decrease for years, as reported by Statistics Netherlands. In 2014, the imports amounted to nearly 100 million euros, in contrast with the 200 million four years earlier. The decline is consistent with the downward trend in defence expenditure, see Public expenditure on defence further down in 2014. However, arms and ammunition are also imported by other organisations, e.g. the police. Over 60 percent of arms and ammunition is imported from other European...

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Amsterdam ranked third in the world for attracting foreign investment projects

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Features, News | 0 comments

Amsterdam ranked third in the world for attracting foreign investment projects

Amsterdam has been ranked third in the IBM Global Location Trends 2015 report, rising one place from last year’s position. This report looks at how international cities and nations attract foreign investment projects. London remains number one in the rankings, followed by Paris, which retains its second place. In the 2014 rankings, Amsterdam placed fourth behind Singapore but has risen to a shared third this year. The Netherlands as a whole has also experienced an upward trend; this year has seen a record 10,500 jobs created as a result of...

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Dutch King Spells Out Government’s Plans for the Year Ahead

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Dutch King Spells Out Government’s Plans for the Year Ahead

Dutch King Willem-Alexander addressed the joint session of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament today and set out the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session. The Netherlands is back among the leading economies of Europe. The Dutch economy will grow by 2.0% this year, and 2.4% next year. The deficit is continuing to decrease, and unemployment is falling. The recovery is broadly based; this year consumer spending is increasing, as well as exports and investments. In the 2016 Budget Memorandum, the government...

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​Suicide rate among Dutch women on the rise

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in News | 4 comments

Thursday (Sep 10) is World Suicide Prevention Day. In the Netherlands, a total of 1,835 inhabitants of the Netherlands ended their own lives In 2014, on average five people a day. Statistics Netherlands reports that the number of suicides did not increase for the first time in years. The annual total number of suicides had been going up since 2007, but this trend came to a halt in 2014. The total of 1,835 is nearly 500 higher than in 2007. Compared to 2013, there was a slight decrease among men, but a slight increase among women. Most...

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Dutch purchasing power up after four years of decline

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Dutch purchasing power up after four years of decline

After four years of decline, the purchasing power of the Dutch population improved by 1.5 percent in 2014, according to reports by Statistics Netherlands. All Dutch population groups saw their purchasing power rise in a period of slow economic recovery. Employees improved the most with 2.7 percent. The greatest increase within this group was for civil servants with 3.7 percent. Spending power of employees improved partly because their pension contributions were reduced, which had the greatest impact on incomes of civil servants. The...

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Dutch bankruptcies at lowest level since 2008

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Dutch bankruptcies at lowest level since 2008

The number of bankruptcies is at its lowest level since October 2008 according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands. The number of bankruptcies in the Netherlands, adjusted for the number of court session days, declined by 113 in August 2015 from July. The downward trend in the number of bankruptcies continues. The number of businesses declared bankrupt in a particular month is closely related to the number of days courts are in session. This may vary considerably from one month to the next, so the best way to show development is by...

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Dutch carbon emissions at 25-year-low

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in News | 0 comments

In 2014, greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands were nearly 5 percent lower than in 2013. Households used less natural gas for heating due to the warmer weather, while another factor was lower consumption of car fuels. The effect of reduced emissions was however mitigated because electricity companies used more coal and less natural gas. Compared to 1990, emissions were down by 15 percent, as reported by Statistics Netherlands. Lowest CO2 emissions in 25 years In 2014, emission of greenhouse gases amounted to 187 billion CO2 equivalents,...

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Dutch job market recovery continues

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Dutch job market recovery continues

The Dutch labour market recovery continues according to recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands. The number of jobs grew by 19 thousand on the first quarter. The number of temp jobs rose most notably. The number of job vacancies also increased further. On Thursday, 20 August, Statistics Netherlands reported a further drop in unemployment in July 2015.

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