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More Dutch women in work than ever before

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in News | 0 comments

More Dutch women in work than ever before

More women are working in the Netherlands than ever before, new figures showed today. A record 3.8 million women have jobs, 400,000 more than a decade ago. The number of working women has risen more rapidly over the past decade than the number of working men, according to recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). In the second quarter (Q2) 2015, the employed labour force included more than 3.8 million women, versus 3.4 million in 2005. The male employed labour force included 4.5 million individuals, as against 4.4 million ten...

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Dutch retail sector records largest turnover growth in seven years

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

Dutch retail sector records largest turnover growth in seven years

The Dutch retail sector achieved a 4.7 percent turnover growth in June relative to June 2014, the highest growth rate since July 2008 according to recent figures from Statistics Netherlands. Retail volume (roughly corresponding to the number of sales) was 5.1 percent up in June from one year previously, retail prices were 0.4 percent down. Non-food shops showed substantial turnover growth. Online retail sales surged 28.1 percent in June. The more favourable shopping-day pattern in June this year compared to June 2014 had a positive effect on...

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Rotterdam largest container port in Europe

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

Rotterdam largest container port in Europe

Container Transhipment in Rotterdam has increased by 9 percent in 2014 to 108 million tons. In the past fifteen years, Antwerp and Hamburg have narrowed the gap, but Rotterdam still occupies first place. With the completion of the Maasvlakte 2 project, even the largest container vessels can reach Rotterdam. Other Dutch ports are barely or not at all capable of handling containers. Dutch seaports handled largest volume of goods in EU in 2014 Since 2010 Dutch seaports have handled the largest tonnage of all EU countries: 570 million tons in...

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Lower energy bill for Dutch households

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Lower energy bill for Dutch households

The annual energy bill for Dutch households was 50 euros lower than last year. At the current rates, the average annual energy bill is 1,771 euros, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Dutch consumers paid 4.4 percent less for natural gas in July than last year. In July, the supply price of natural gas was 8 percent down from last year. Larger stocks partly accounted for the lower natural gas price. The transport price was also reduced by 4 percent relative to last year. The Consumer and Market Authority (ACM)...

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1.3 million people in the Netherlands hold dual citizenship

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in News | 0 comments

1.3 million people in the Netherlands hold dual citizenship

A total of 1.3 million Dutch residents hold more than one nationality, as the most recent survey conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on 1 January 2014 shows. Since then, non-Dutch nationalities are no longer registered. On 1 January last year, 1.3 million Dutch citizens held one or more other nationalities, an increase by 3 percent, just as in the preceding years. One-quarter also had a Moroccan passport and another one-quarter had a Turkish passport. The other half includes a wide range of nationalities. This is the most recent figure...

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Dutch agricultural exports under pressure

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

Dutch agricultural exports under pressure

In the first four months of 2015, the value of Dutch agricultural exports was 2.7 percent down from the same period last year. The value of exports of dairy, cattle and meat fell substantially. Exports of agricultural products to Russia slumped by nearly 40 percent. Total exports to Russia were reduced by half. In the period 1996-2014, agricultural exports posted a record almost every year as Statistics Netherlands reported today. Exports livestock products fall sharply In relative terms, the export value of dairy, cattle and meat has...

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Dutch mortgage interest rate declines faster than savings rate

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Dutch mortgage interest rate declines faster than savings rate

Savings and mortgage interest rates at banks have been on the decline for some time now. Over the past twelve months both rates have dropped, the saving rate by 30 base points and the mortgage rate by 60 base points. In May 2015, Dutch households received an average of 1.04% interest on their readily redeemable savings, while paying 2.83% on average on newly contracted mortgage loans. In comparison with April, the savings rate has dropped in May by 2 base points and the mortgage rate by 11 base points. In May, Dutch households held some EUR...

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The Netherlands has 7th largest trade surplus in the world

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

The Netherlands has 7th largest trade surplus in the world

Worldwide, the Netherlands has the seventh-largest trade surplus in the trade of goods, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands. A country has a trade surplus when it exports more goods for more money than it imports. The reverse is called a trade deficit. China and Germany have the largest trade surpluses in the world in the absolute sense. The United States have by far the largest trade deficit in the goods trade. In 2014, the deficit reached nearly 800 billion dollars, more than the surpluses of China and Germany put...

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Dutch families spend over 2000 euros on holidays annually

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

Dutch families spend over 2000 euros on holidays annually

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, Dutch families spend 6 thousand euros on recreational activities annually, i.e. 18 percent of total household spending. They spend most on holidays and in hotels, restaurants and pubs. On a yearly basis, Dutch families spend 2,200 euros on holidays, including travelling expenses, food and drinks at their holiday destination and souvenirs. Hotels, pubs and restaurants account for 1,300 euros. Also, households spend 1,500 euros on games, toys, plants, pets, TV sets,...

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Sharp increase in the share of Dutch renewable energy

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Sharp increase in the share of Dutch renewable energy

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands, renewable energy constituted 5.6 percent of total Dutch energy consumption in 2014. This is substantially more than the 4.8 percent of 2013 and the sharpest increase in recent years. The Dutch target is 14 percent renewable energy in 2020. Share of renewable energy up due to decrease in total consumption Some 0.5 percent point of the remarkable 0.8 percent point increase of 2014 on 2013 is due to a decline in total final energy consumption and the rest to an increase in renewable energy...

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Foreign wealth of the Netherlands is growing fast

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in News | 0 comments

The net foreign wealth of the Netherlands has a reached record high of 659 billion euros in the first quarter of 2015. This external wealth consists of foreign property of Dutch households and organisations minus Dutch possessions of foreign parties. In previous quarters, the developments on the stock market and the currency changes turned out positive for the Dutch position. The external wealth of the Netherlands increased by 135 billion in the first quarter of 2015 to a record of 659 billion euros. The changes in external wealth are partly...

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Half of Dutch public debt in hands of foreign creditors

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Half of Dutch public debt in hands of foreign creditors

Statistics Netherlands announced today that Dutch public debt over the first quarter of 2015 amounted to 459 billion (bn) euros, i.e. 68.9 percent of GDP. Government debt increased by 9 bn euros in Q1. Half of the national debt is owed to foreign creditors. The remaining part includes Dutch banks, pension funds and insurers. In 1995, less than one-quarter of public debt was in the hands of foreign creditors, e.g. foreign pension funds or (central) banks. Since 2008, the share of Dutch banks, pension funds and insurers has gradually risen to...

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Dutch home sales picking up again

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Dutch home sales picking up again

According to figures released by the Dutch Land Registry Office last Thursday, 12,827 houses were sold in May, an increase of over 7 percent from May 2014. In the first five months of this year, 60,102 homes were sold, i.e. just over 16 percent more than twelve months previously. Prices of owner-occupied houses in the Netherlands, excluding new construction, were on average 2.6 percent higher in May 2015 than in May 2014. House prices have been above the level of the corresponding month in the previous year for over a year. According to the...

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Traditional Dutch Father’s Day gifts on the cheap

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

Traditional Dutch Father’s Day gifts on the cheap

Father’s day is right around the corner and luckily, gifts are more affordable this year. The most traditional Dutch Father’s Day presents, like tools or books, are cheaper than last year, according to Statistics Netherlands. Prices of camping equipment and sports gear, on the other hand, e.g. barbecues or tents rose by 3.4 percent. Traditional gifts like cosmetic products for men (aftershaves or deodorants) were 1.2 percent more expensive, only just above the general price increase level. Tools decreased most in price, but beer gift baskets...

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Dutch women boost employment rate in the Netherlands

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

Dutch women boost employment rate in the Netherlands

The Dutch employment rate has significantly improved, and it’s all thanks to getting more women into work. Statistics Netherlands announced today that the number of employed had increased by an average of 6 thousand a month between March and May. Women entirely account for the increase. The male working population has been stable for quite a while. Since the labour force remained virtually unchanged, the number of unemployed decreased. The unemployment rate in May was 6.9, versus 7.1 three months ago. The latest first-quarter figures on...

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