Dutch norms and values and immigration and asylum are the biggest concerns among Dutch voters at the moment, according to a study done by research agency Ipsos on behalf of Dutch broadcaster NOS. Ipsos surveyed a total of 1,103 Dutch voters that form a good representation of the Dutch population, NOS reports.
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.
The average waiting time at hospitals in the Netherlands again increased in 2016, according to figures NRC got from research and consulting firm MediQuest. In 2014 the average waiting time was 2.95 weeks. In 2015 it increased to 3.10 weeks and last year it was up to 3.52 weeks.
Waiting times are increasing across a broad range of specialities, especially for patients with allertigies, eye problams and stomach, intestinal and liver problems. These specialities had waiting times of over six weeks by the end of 2016.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the Netherlands to the G20 summit happening in Hamburg on July 7th and 8th next year. From Thursday Germany is the chairman of the G20 for the next 12 months, NU.nl reports
Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the invitation good news. "We earn a significant portion of our money in international trade. In the G20 the largest economies of the world discus a wide range of toopics that affect financial stability and economic growth. These issues affect Dutch interests directly", he said.
The Dutch economy grew by 0.7 percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter and by 2.4 percent compared to the third quarter in 2015, according to the initial figures by Statistics entherlands. This is the 10th quarter in a row that the Dutch economy showed growth.
Statistics Netherlands mainly attributes the growth to exports and household consumption. Consumers spent more on electronics, restaurants and other forms of entertainment. More foreign tourists also visited the Netherlands.
The Dutch economy is expected to grow by 1.7 percent next year, according to the leaked budget memorandum RTL Nieuws and Telegraaf managed to get hold of. That is slightly more than the 1.6 percent initially estimated.
Both Amsterdam and Rotterdam made it to the top 20 of the 100 best cities in the world to live on Arcadis' Sustainable Cities Index. Amsterdam is in 11th place, Rotterdam made it to 19th
The confidence of industry producers in the Netherlands decreased significantly this month, according to Statistics Netherlands. In August producers' confidence amounted to 1.2 on the statistics office's scale, compared to 5.1 in July - the biggest drop in confidence in five years.
In the second quarter of this year the Dutch economy grew by 0.6 percent compared to the previous quarter, continuing its steady growth for nine quarters in a row, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday in its first calculations.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, products and services in the Netherlands were cheaper than in the month before. In July inflation fell to minus 0.3 percent, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday.
Schiphol airport and the port of Rotterdam are no longer so important to the Dutch economy for them to have their own separate policy, according to the Council for Environment and Infrastructure in its latest advice to the government
The arrival of asylum seekers and immigration in general are still the greatest issues in the Netherlands by far, according to the Social and Cultural Planning Office's quarterly report. Opinions on the matter are very divided - a large group point to the negatives of asylum seekers in the country, and another large group is alarmed by the other's attitude
Over the past six months the the traffic severity - the number of traffic jams times their length - in the Netherlands increased by 10 percent, compared to the same period last year, ANWB announced on Thursday. The traffic information service attributes the increase in traffic to better economic conditions.
The Dutch economy grew 0.5 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the last quarter of 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. The growth rate is the same as the initial figures published in May.
The Netherlands will "no doubt" benefit from an exodus of financial services from London should the Brits decide to leave the European Union in a referendum on June 23rd, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday. But he'd much rather see Britain stay part of the EU.
The controversial trade agreement between Europe and the United States TTIP will be good for the Dutch economy, according to 71 percent of economists panel Me Judice in a Nieuwsuur survey
If the Brits decide to leave the European Union, it will cost the Netherlands up to 10 billion euros in the period to 2030, according to the Central Planning Bureau. The Netherlands is one of the U.K.'s major trading partners and will therefore be hit harder by a so-called Brexit than other EU countries
The Central Planning Bureau expects that the Dutch economy will grow by 1.8 percent this year, according to an estimate released on Friday. This growth is the same as what the CPB predicted in March
After 13 years of absence, the Netherlands is back in the top 10 of the most competitive countries in the world, according to IMD's annual World Competitive Yearbook. The Netherlands came in 8th place this year, climbing 7 spots since last year
The Dutch economy continued its steady growth for the 8th quarter in a row. In the first quarter of 2016 the economy grew 0.5 percent compared to the previous quarter and 1.4 percent compared to the first quarter of last year, according to Statistics Netherlands' preliminary calculations.
De Nederlandsche Bank's call for employers to give employees bigger wage increases is "nonsense", Cees Oudshoorn of employer's organization VNO-NCW said to Financieele Dagblad. According to him, higher wages will only increase unemployment.
Wage increases for Dutch employees was lower than was economically justified last year, according to a study by Dutch central bank DNB. The low salary increases put workers' purchasing power under pressure, which is damaging to the Netherlands' economy
The Netherlands' economic situation is stabilizing and there were hardly any changes between March and April, according to Statistics Netherlands. In mid-April almost all economic indicators were more positive than their long-term trends.