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Life expectancy gap between Dutch women and women elsewhere in Europe widening

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in News | 3 comments

Life expectancy gap between Dutch women and women elsewhere in Europe widening

The life expectancy gap between Dutch women and women in other European countries is widening. Newborn Dutch girls have a life expectancy of 83.3 years (figures refer to 2014). Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that in recent years female life expectancy at birth has risen more rapidly in most European countries than in the Netherlands. Three decades ago, the life expectancy of Dutch women was one of the highest in Europe. Nowadays, female life expectancy in the Netherlands has fallen behind compared to women in Northern, Southern and...

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Home prices in the Netherlands jump 4 percent from year ago

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in News | 4 comments

Home prices in the Netherlands jump 4 percent from year ago

Prices of owner-occupied houses in the Netherlands (excluding new constructions) were on average 3.8 percent higher in November 2015 than in November 2014. This is the most substantial year-on-year price increase in 7.5 years. Since June 2013, prices of owner-occupied houses have inched up, according to the price index of owner-occupied houses, a joint publication by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the Land Registry Office. In November 2015, the average price level of owner-occupied houses was approximately the same as in April 2004. Dutch...

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Dutch employment marginally down

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Dutch employment marginally down

The number of people in paid employment has fallen by 13 thousand over the past three months. Fewer women hold paid jobs, and more women are unemployed. Altogether, 6.8 percent of the labour force (606 thousand individuals) were unemployed in November, about as many as three months ago, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). In November this year, 427 thousand unemployment benefits were granted, i.e. 6 thousand more than in October 2015 and a small increase relative November 2014. Just as last month, sectors subject to seasonal variation,...

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Dutch Economy Will Continue Stable Growth

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Economic growth is projected to increase to 2.1%. This growth will be carried by increasing household consumption and investments, and rising export levels. The restrictions on natural gas production in Groningen are projected to slow down growth by 0.2%. World trade will increase by 4.3%, although there are large uncertainties about international developments. These are the predictions by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis in their December Projections for 2015 and 2016, published today. Developments in the world are in...

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Dutch economy growing greener

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Features, News | 1 comment

Dutch economy growing greener

As reported in Statistics Netherlands’ latest publication Green Growth in the Netherlands 2015, the Dutch economy has become ‘greener’ over the past 15 years. Out of the six different themes structured around green growth, progress has been made on five themes. For example, environmental efficiency in the economy is improving, although compared to other European countries the Netherlands obtains a relatively low score on this theme. Green growth is measured by using a framework of environmental and economic indicators as defined by the OECD....

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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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