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Major differences between Dutch political parties

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in News | 1 comment

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 | 1 comment

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 | 0 comments

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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Largest Dutch house price increase in 14.5 years

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

Largest Dutch house price increase in 14.5 years

Prices of owner-occupied houses in the Netherlands (excluding new constructions) were on average 6.7 percent higher in December 2016 than in December 2015. This is the most substantial price increase in 14.5 years. In 2016, house prices were on average 5 percent up from 2015 according to the price index of owner-occupied houses, a joint publication by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the Land Registry Office (Kadaster). House prices reached a record high in August 2008. Subsequently, they fell to a low in June 2013. Since then, the trend has...

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Lowest number of Dutch bankruptcies in 8 years

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Lowest number of Dutch bankruptcies in 8 years

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies fell by 88 in December 2016 relative to the month of November, when the number was up substantially. The number of bankruptcies over the entire year 2016 reached a total of 4,396, a year-on-year decrease by almost 17 percent, and the lowest number since 2009. The number of bankruptcies peaked in 2013 at 8,376 and subsequently started to decline by around one-fifth for three consecutive years, consistent with the economic recovery in the Netherlands. Sharpest decline in...

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California Mission Intended to Spur Companies to Expand in the Netherlands

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

California Mission Intended to Spur Companies to Expand in the Netherlands

Executives from two dozen California companies convened last night with Netherlands Minister for Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, Prince Constantijn van Oranje and other members of a Dutch delegation who visited Silicon Valley this week to spur major tech companies and early-stage entrepreneurs to invest in Holland. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), which helps international companies establish and expand operations in the Netherlands, organized an investment dinner at the Silicon Valley Capital Club to discuss the Dutch...

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Dutch mobile internet use surpasses desktop

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Dutch mobile internet use surpasses desktop

There are now more mobile-only internet users in the Netherlands than desktop PC-only users, according to a new report from Eurostat. According to the report, 88% of people in the Netherlands access the internet exclusively through a mobile device. Dutch mobile phone use for internet access was the second highest in the EU, after Spain at 93 percent. More than 80% of persons aged 16 to 74 in the European Union (EU) used the internet in 2016, in many cases via several different devices. Mobile phones or smartphones were the devices most used...

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Europe’s Largest Electric Public Bus Fleet in Dutch Cities

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Europe’s Largest Electric Public Bus Fleet in Dutch Cities

All 43 public buses in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond will be electrically powered, starting the 11th of December. Together they form the largest zero-emission bus fleet in public transport in Europe. It’s the first public transport concession in Europe to deploy that many fully electric buses. London, for example, has 51 electric buses, but these are standard buses. The extra-long articulated buses in Dutch province Brabant can carry more passengers. Transdev, first mover in zero emission public transport, commences...

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Amsterdam and Airbnb announce new unique agreement

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Amsterdam and Airbnb announce new unique agreement

Amsterdam and Airbnb today announced a new pioneering agreement to promote responsible and sustainable home sharing and combat illegal hotels. Amsterdam was one of the first cities in the world to introduce a progressive and innovative policy towards home sharing while ensuring that homes remain homes. Under these rules, Amsterdam citizens are allowed to share the home in which they live for a period of 60 days per year. Following the introduction of these rules, Amsterdam and Airbnb signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2014....

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A 66-million-year-old T. Rex to fly from Chicago to Amsterdam

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in News | 0 comments

A 66-million-year-old T. Rex to fly from Chicago to Amsterdam

A 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex fossil flew today from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to the Netherlands on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight 612. More than 250 passengers shared their flight with this remarkably well preserved dinosaur fossil. The T. rex was excavated in Montana by the Dutch museum, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, in 2013 and in cooperation with the Black Hills Institute of Hill City, South Dakota. The T. rex will be exhibited at Naturalis in Leiden, the Netherlands. This historic find will make Naturalis the...

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Netherlands drops in Global Innovation Index

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Features, News | 0 comments

Netherlands drops in Global Innovation Index

The Netherlands has dropped five places on the Global Innovation Index, failing to improve the ease of getting credit, R&D financed by businesses and providing graduates in science and engineering. The Netherlands placed 9th on the 2016 index, down from 4th in 2015, with Switzerland, Sweden and the Britain ranking highest on the list. Europe does particularly well in environmental performance, ICT access, and school life expectancy. At the same time, there is room for improvement in R&D financed by businesses, R&D financed by...

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