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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seven farmers in the province of Groningen are filing a lawsuit against Dutch petroleum company NAM. They want more than 6 million euros in compensation for damage caused by gas drilling in the province, NOS reports.
Over the past months there have been numerous negotiations between NAM and the farmers, but to no avail, according to the broadcaster. NAM is only willing to compensate a percentage of the damage amount. One farmer was offered 40 thousand euros in compensation, while he claimed 1.3 million euros.
State Secretary Sander Dekker of Media wants to add an obligation to the new Media Law that will force public broadcasters to be transparent about costs like top salaries and football rights if politicians ask for it, he said to the Telegraaf on Tuesday.
Dekker believes that the public broadcasters' spending must be checkable because it is public money.
The public broadcasters are against this idea. They argue that journalistic independence could be put at stake and that the information is competition-sensitive.
Housing corporations will again start investing more into maintenance and renovation of social rental housing, national association Aedes announced. More rental housing will also be built, NAP reports.
According to Aedes, most housing corporations are doing better. Which means that there is more financial room for maintenance and improvements, such as new central heating, insulation and double glazing. "In the coming year 30 thousand major home improvements of more than 20 thousand euros per home will be carried out", a spokesperson for Aedes said.
Along with a few small train stations in Zeeland, the NS station at Schiphol is on the bottom of the list of reliable train stations in the Netherlands, according to a ranking compiled by RTL Nieuws and the website Vertraagd.com. One in eight trains to and from Schiphol station are delayed, and 1 in 25 never even reach their destination.
Over 700 supermarkets in the Netherlands opened their doors on Christmas Day, a new record, according to openingstijden.nl. On Boxing Day today more than 2,800 stores are open, AD reports.
With some 700 stores open, Christmas Day looked like a regular shopping Sunday, according to the site. Last year only about 400 stores were open on Christmas and in 2014 only 200.
Bird flu was diagnosed in sick birds on a poultry farm in Zoeterwoude, Zuid-Holland. A total of 28,500 birds on the farm were culled, as well as some 30 thousand birds on a nearby farm, RTL Nieuws reports.
The two farms are located about a kilometer fro each other. Another poultry farm is about 3 kilometers from the infected farm. Its animals are being examined for bird flu.
NS managed to prevent a strike by train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC planned for today with a lawsuit. The court in Breda banned the strike for the time being because there is a safety risk when crowds of people are stuck together, for example on platforms. From January 6th the union is allowed to arrange a strike, NRC reports.
About 20 billion euros is still outstanding from the Tax Authorities, according to data newspaper AD obtained by appealing to the Freedom of Information Act. Some 4.6 billion euros of that owed money dates from 2011 or earlier. The Tax Authorities is uncertain about whether they will ever be able to collect some 6 billion euros of that money, AD reports.
The Dutch government is working on a legislative proposal to ban the visible display of tobacco products, State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health informed parliament, ANP reports.
Van Rijn gave the involved industry associations until December 15th to come up with an alternative, but their plans were inadequate. According to Van Rijn, the organizations did not go far enough with their plans.