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Jan 6 '17 13:30

The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA issued 20 percent more fines in 2016 than in 2015 for violation of various consumer laws. These included violation of the Commodities Act, the Tobacco Act, Medicines Act and the Act for the protection of plants and animals, ANP reports.

The NVWA attributes the increase to stricter inspections and letting fewer culprits go with a warning. In total the NVWA 7,766 fines. This included things like selling products you aren't allowed to, giving false information and the like. 

Dressed for the cold
Jan 6 '17 12:52

Large parts of the Ede neighborhoods of Veldhuizen and Kernhem have been without heating and hot water since early Friday morning. An estimated 2 thousand homes are affected. When the heating will return is unclear, energy provider Nuon wrote on Twitter, the Telegraaf reports. 

Jan 6 '17 10:12

At least 2 thousand Dutch people tried to report their boss, family member, friend or neighbor to the Tax Authorities last year, according to figures BNR got from the Tax Office. The Department Individuals received over 2 thousand tips from people about someone they know's income tax, for example, the broadcaster reports.

This specifically does not involve tax evasion by companies.

Jan 6 '17 09:53

The Dutch economy will show solid growth again this year, though it will be weaker than in 2016, ING's Economic Bureau predicts in estimates published on Friday. The bank expects 1.6 percent growth this year, compared to 2.2 percent last year, ANP reports.

Jan 6 '17 08:50

Gas extraction in Groningen will not be further reduced for the time being, the Council of State ruled in an emergency case filed by concerned local residents, GIC reports.

At this stage NAM is allowed to extract per year. 

Jan 5 '17 15:35

PvdA Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem thinks corporate income tax should increase in the next government's term, he said in an interview with newspaper AD. According to him, this is needed to "restore the balance between ordinary Dutch and international companies, and between workers and the wealthy". This is remarkable because he previously, as Minister of Finance, said that the profit tax can gradually be lowered. 

Jan 5 '17 15:00

The number of house sales across the Netherlands will continue to increase this year, but is expected to start a decline in 2018, according to ABN Amro economists in their new Housing Market Monitor, the Telegraaf reports.

The economists expect that 5 percent more homes will change ownership this year than in 2016. Last year 20 percent more homes were sold than in 2015. But in 2018 the number of sold homes will decrease, according to the economists. And the price increases will become more moderate. 

Jan 5 '17 14:25

Almost all Dutch workers will get out a higher net salary in 2017, according to payroll administrator AD Nederland. People earning a gross salary of 1,750 euros will see the biggest increase, nearly 0.75 percent. That's about 11 euros net per month, NU.nl reports.

Young people wearing hoodies
Jan 5 '17 12:05

The Dutch government wants more and better organized aid for the about 66 thousand young people in the Netherlands who are unqualified and unemployed. Ministers Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment and Jet Bussemaker of Education therefore instructed benefits agency UWV, social services and municipalities to team up for a joint approach to helping this vulnerable group, the Volkskrant reports.

Jan 5 '17 09:11

Inflation in the Netherlands increased from 0.6 percent to 1.0 percent in December, according to Statistics Netherlands on Thursday. But despite this increase, the Dutch inflation over 2016 was at its lowest level in nearly 30 years. Over 2016 inflation in the Netherlands increased only 0.3 percent. The last time inflation was so limited was in 1987, according to the statistics office.

Jan 4 '17 11:10

Compliments on work well done do not only make employees happier, it also makes them work harder, according to research from the University of Maastricht. Complimenting only the best performers in the department increases the work tempo similar to a compliment to the whole department. While giving a complement to only one or two people in the department, prompts the workers who were not complimented to work harder, AD reports.

Looking for a job
Jan 4 '17 10:26

About a third of the estimated 300 thousand gifted Dutch are unemployed, according to a study by the Dutch institute for gifted adults IHBV. Many gifted people - people with an IQ over 130 - want to be constantly challenged, something that is not always possible in the work place, according to the study, Trouw reports.

Overcrowded train
Jan 4 '17 09:34

The extra trains NS deploys during rush hour to help ease the pressure on overcrowded trains, are often late or do not show up at all, according to research done by newspaper AD and treinreiziger.nl based on ProRail figures. Travelers organization Rover calls this situation unacceptable.

Elderly worker
Jan 3 '17 13:20

The increasing retirement age in the Netherlands will eventually cause problems because many Dutch are not physically able to work after the age of 65, the Dutch association for occupational medicine NVAB said to newspaper AD on Tuesday. 

Doeta Aartsma
Jan 3 '17 11:26

A crowdfunding action started to help Amsterdam student Doeta Aartsma restart her business after her equipment was stolen from her home over Christmas, is gaining support. So far about a third of the 10 thousand euros she needs has been raised.

"I actually feel very rich", Aartsma said to Het Parool. "You could say that I should have lost faith in humanity after this nasty experience, but because so many known and unknown people support me, that is not the case."

Fog at Schiphol Airport, 28 Oct 2016
Dec 30 '16 11:02

For the third consecutive day flights are being delayed and canceled at Schiphol airport due to thick fog causing visibility problems. A spokesperson could not give exact numbers, but told NU.nl that dozens of flights will be canceled today.

"A day of nuisance" is expected. "However, the outlook is somewhat better, but it remains to be seen", the spokesperson said. Around 10:00 a.m. the average delay for inbound and outbound flights was at over an hour. 

Dec 30 '16 09:38

The improving economy and falling unemployment have the Dutch population generally feeling less pessimistic about the future of the Netherlands. The majority of the population is still negative, however, according to a quarterly survey by social and cultural planning office SCP, ANP reports. 

Dec 29 '16 15:25

The longest delayed flight of 2016 was a TUIfly flight from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to Schiphol. The flight was delayd for 43 hours and 19 minutes, EUClaim - a company that assists aggrieved passangers - announced on Thursday, ANP reports.

The delay started with a technical fault on the original aircraft. The replacement plane from HiFly then crashed into a passenger bridge, which means that another replacement plane had to be sent. This took so long that the flight crew needed to be given time to rest before the flight could begin. 

Dec 29 '16 14:15

Between 10 and 20 percent of Dutch bars, restaurants and clubs fail fire safety checks, the Netherlands' national fire department Brandweer Nederland said to BNR. This is impossible for consumers to know, as only Rotterdam puts fire safety inspection reports online. Safety experts are therefore calling that publishing inspection reports on fire safety becomes the norm in the country, the broadcaster reports

Chemelot industrial terrain in Geleen
Dec 29 '16 08:26

Two people were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries sustained by a sudden burst of flame from a machine on the Chemelot industrial site in Geleen on Wednesday, ANP reports.

The burst of flame came from a furnace, Chemelot said on Wednesday. It resulted in a so-called naphtha cracker - where petroleum products are made workable - catching fire. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished. 

The cause of the fire is still unclear. The Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate, formerly the Labor Inspectorate, is investigating.

Dec 28 '16 16:35

Amsterdam is increasing tourist taxes in the fight against crowds in the city. According to D66 alderman of Finance Udo Kock, this measure will not only deter "budget tourists" - people visiting the city on a low budget specifically for things like stag parties - but also bring in millions of euros to the city treasury, Het Parool reports. 

Geert Wilders
Dec 28 '16 16:00

Uncertainty reigns around donations made by Jewish-American writer and anti-Islamist David Horowitz to Geert Wilders' party PVV, NRC reports. According to the newspaper's own research, it is unclear which amounts were donated to the Dutch anti-Islam party and when, as the amounts and dates Horowitz report do not correspond to those of the PVV.

Dec 28 '16 10:05

Economists at ING expect fewer bankruptcies next year. According to a report published by the ING Economic Bureau on Tuesday, the number of businesses filing for bankruptcy is expected to decrease by 10 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. The Dutch retail sector also seems to be reviving.

Dec 27 '16 16:15

Pyrotechnics Netherlands, the sector association for fireworks in the Netherlands, expects that this year will again see a decline in the number of loud bangers sold, and an increase in the number of fancy, pretty fireworks, spokesperson Leo Groeneveld said to the Telegraaf. According to him, consumers are increasingly focused on quality, decorative fireworks.

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