Business

Feb 27 '17 12:20

In the period between 1950 and 2016 six out of seven farms in the Netherlands disappeared, Statistics Netherlands said on Monday. But the average size of the remaining companies increased significantly, from 5.7 hectares to 32.4 hectares. 

The number of animals per farm also increased significantly. In 1950 the average farmer had seven pigs, compared to 1,600 last year. Cattle numbers increased from 13 to 160. 

Feb 27 '17 11:45

In the next four years PostNL will be cutting another 2 thousand jobs while accelerating the company's transformation into a parcel delivery specialist, the Dutch postal service announced with its annual figures on Monday, ANP reports. Up until the end of 2020 between 500 and 600 full time jobs will disappear annually from the Dutch mail division.

According to CEO Herna Verhagen, there will only be a few forced dismissals. Most employees will be stepping down willingly or reassigned. In the same period 1,600 new jobs will be created in the package division. 

Arcade machine
Feb 26 '17 11:00

The Aalborg Hotel in Amsterdam, which turned nine of its rooms into the Arcade Hotel last year, will soon convert all of its rooms into gaming rooms due to the massive demand. Soon guests in all rooms will be able to play games from consoles in the rooms or sign up to the hotel network for LAN parties, Het Parool reports.

Feb 24 '17 13:50

Albert Heijn is opening restaurants and cafes in its larger stores. On  Friday the first Bakery Cafe and Deli Kitchen are opening in the Albert Heijn store on Amsterdam's Gelderlandplein. Dozens of other stores will follow in the coming months, the Telegraaf reports.

The Bakery Cafe is located at the entrance of the store. There customers can get something to eat before or after doing their grocery shopping. In the Deli Kitchen, customers can order salads, meals, pizzas and grilled chicken to take home or eat right there. You will also be able to create your own pizza or salad. 

Feb 24 '17 13:15

Greek brewery Macedonian Thrace Brewery is claiming 100 million euros from Heineken in a lawsuit filed with the court in Amsterdam. According to the Greek brewery, the Dutch beer giant abused its position of power in Greece, NU.nl.

Officially the lawsuit is filed against Athenian Brewery, Heineken's Greek subsidiary. Macedonian Thrace Brewer claims that Heineken stalled the competition in the Greek beer market for years by making exclusive deals with retailers. The brewer claims that it could not achieve its growth potential due to Heineken's unfair competition.

Feb 23 '17 11:13

Thanks to higher than expected revenue and lower than expected spending, the Dutch government is left with a 200 million euros surplus on the 2016 budget, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance said in a letter to parliament on Thursday, ANP reports.

The surplus can almost entirely be attributed to the total tax and premium revenue of last year, which came out 3.1 billion euros higher than projected. Expenses were 0.2 billion euros lower. In the Autumn calculations the government still expected a budget deficit of 3.1 billion euros.

Feb 21 '17 16:25

Last year Haarlem was the Dutch city with the most traffic jams, according to the annual TomTom Traffic Index. Haarlem motorists who drove to work during morning rush hour every weekday, spent 100 hours in traffic jams last year. After three years in first place, the Hague dropped to second place in 2016. Amsterdam came in fifth, RTL Nieuws reports.

Airbnb
Feb 21 '17 15:50

Last year Dutch Airbnb landlords received a total of 1.4 million guests, according to a report the home sharing site released. The report has no figures for the Netherlands for 2015, but last year the Netherlands received way more guests than the 75 thousand of 2012, NOS reports.

There are currently 31 thousand apartments, houses or rooms in the Netherlands available to rent on Airbnb. A large proportion of them are in Amsterdam. According to the site, the average Airbnb landlord rents out his house for 28 nights a year and earns about 3 thousand euros.

Feb 21 '17 15:05

On the world rankings for private rental housing Amsterdam is 17th most expensive, according to British startup Nested, who compiled the ranking, AT5 reports.

Nested took a total of 72 major cities world wide and compared them based on income needed to rent a home. In Amsterdam the price per square meter is 22.06 euros and one person pays an average of 860 euros on rent. For that an average annual income of 35,605 euros is needed. The average rent for a family is 1,632 euros, for which an annual income of 67,558 euros is needed.

Feb 21 '17 08:02

Two thirds of Defense personnel have no confidence in the top military leadership, according to a survey of nearly 8,500 Defense employees by military unions AFMP, ACOM, VBM and KVMO. More than 84 percent say that Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert does not give them more confidence in the organization, the Telegraaf reports.

Shopping
Feb 20 '17 10:45

This month consumer confidence in the Netherlands rose by one point to 14, reaching its highest level in 9.5 years, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. The slight rise can be attributed to more positive feelings about the economy and a slightly higher willingness to spend money, according to the statistics office.

At 14 points the consumer confidence level is well above the average -8 of the past 20 years. Consumer confidence reached its highest level in April 2000 when it stood at 27 points. Its low point was -44 in February 2013. 

Feb 20 '17 09:05

American company Kraft Heinz withdrew its with Anglo-Dutch food giant Unilever. The two companies announced in a joint statement on Sunday that Kraft Heinz "amicably agreed" to withdraw the plan, ANP reports

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Feb 20 '17 08:46

Last year a total of 276 shops were robbed, compared to 310 in 2015, according to figures from Dutch retail association Detailhandel Nederland. But while robberies are decreasing, criminals are committing more ramraids and ATM bombings, NOS reports.

The number of registered store robberies has never been so low, according to the association. Over the last seven years, store robberies dropped by a massive 70 percent. This can be attributed to political attention to this type of crime and the establishment of the Robberies Taskforce, according to Detailhandel Nederland. 

Feb 19 '17 09:00

On Thursday restoration work on the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam officially started. The restorations are expected to take a year and a day - the same amount of time it took to build the most prolific hotel in the Dutch capital, Het Parool reports.

Feb 18 '17 09:00

Last year Schiphol saw the most growth of all major airports in Europe. The number of passengers that traveled through the Amsterdam airport increased by 9.2 percent to almost 64 million, thereby passing the airports in Frankfurt and Istanbul and taking the third spot on the list of Europe's busiest airports, NOS reports. 

The top five airports in Europe now are:

Heinz ketchup
Feb 17 '17 14:46

Unilever announced that it rejected a merger proposal brought by food giant Kraft Heinz on Friday, saying that the 125 billion dollar approach "fundamentally undervalues" the Anglo-Dutch company. Kraft Heinz is not giving up however and will continue to negotiate, Reuters reports.

Feb 17 '17 13:45

The Dutch government is implementing stricter rules for very high salaries that are paid with tax money, such as those of presenters for public broadcasters or managers in healthcare. From now on workers in the public and semi-public sector may no longer earn more money than Ministers, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Friday, ANP reports.

Feb 17 '17 12:00

The Amsterdam city council adopted a proposal made by the D66, PvdA and GroenLinks to limit the certificate of good behavior rule at some jobs in the city, including jobs at the Amsterdam municipality itself. This means that young people with a criminal record now have a better chance at finding work in the Dutch capital, Het Parool reports.

Couch potatoes
Feb 17 '17 11:20

About 138 thousand Dutch twenty-somethings have no job and are not following any form of training, according to education organizations MBO Raad and NRTO. The groups are very concerned that these young adults will fall by the wayside, ANP reports.

"If we do nothing, this group will be the next lost generation, condemned to be on welfare until their retirement", Tom Heerts, chairman of the MBO Raad, and Hans Hillen, Charman of NRTO, said. 

Greenpeace activists build a pipeline into ING's headquarters in Amsterdam to protest the bank funding the Dakota Access pipeline, 16 Feb 2017
Feb 16 '17 16:45

On Thursday morning a group of about 20 Greenpeace activists dug room for and planted 15 meters of super heavy pipe sections at the ING headquarters in Amsterdam Zuidoost. They did so to protest against the Dutch bank's part in financing the highly controversial Standing Rock pipeline in Dakota, United States, Het Parool reports.

Election time in the Netherlands - directions to voting stations
Feb 16 '17 13:35

Voters will have quite a selection to choose from in the parliamentary elections next month when it comes to picking a political party based on the financial and economic choices, according to calculations by Dutch central planning office CPB. A major difference between this and last election is that the parties are focused on spending money now that the economy is recovering, instead of the 2012 election's focus on cutbacks in the aftermath of the financial crisis, NU.nl reports.

Looking for a job
Feb 16 '17 11:35

Amsterdam more than reached its goal on helping unemployed people in the city find work last year. In 2016 a total of 5,927 Amsterdam residents on welfare went back to work. The target was 4,200, the city announced in a press release, AT5 reports.

The city also guided more than 6,900 unemployed young people into training or work and another 4,500 long-term unemployed Amsterdam residents now volunteer or have meaningful daytime activities, according to the press release.

Lady Justice
Feb 16 '17 10:54

Nearly a quarter of the Ministry of Security and Justice's employees are so unhappy that they want to resign, according to an internal satisfaction survey at the Ministry. A main complaint is a heavy workload caused by political turmoil surrounding the Ministry, ANP reports.

The survey was dome among 1,300 officials working at the Ministry. A Ministry spokesperson confirmed the figures to NU.nl on Thursday and called them "worrisome". 

Feb 16 '17 09:07

French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM saw a significant increase in profits over 2016. The net profit for the company amounted to 792 million euros last year, compared to 118 million in 2015. The operating result also increased sharply to 1.05 billion euros, NU.nl reports

The company benefited from cost cutting measures and a lower fuel bill. But did suffer from an increasing

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