Business

School bags
Dec 11 '18 09:16

The correct education level for girls in the Netherlands are more often estimated lower in their school advice than that of boys. In the 2017/2018 school year, girls were more often at a higher school level in the third class of secondary education than their school advice said. Boys less often did better than their teachers had expected, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

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Dec 11 '18 08:46

Dutch consumers can expect a considerable increase in their energy bills as of January 1st. Gas and electricity became more expensive and the energy companies will start to process this into their prices. Energy tax is also increasing sharply, RTL Nieuws reports.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Dec 10 '18 11:50

Consumers' association Consumentenbond is demanding that KLM removes the 'no-show' clause from its general terms and conditions. If the Dutch airline fails to do so, the consumers' association will take the matter to court, RTL Nieuws reports.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Dec 10 '18 11:00

Dutch rail company NS implemented its new timetable for 2019 on Sunday. While most train travelers will still be able to catch their regular train at the usual time, there are some major changes in the new timetable. Here follows a summary of the biggest changes, according to newspaper AD.

NS is now running five intercity direct trains instead of our. The trains between the Netherlands' largest cities Amsterdam and Rotterdam will also be longer. This increases the capacity on this connection by 20 percent.

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Dec 10 '18 10:10

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, it will cost the Netherlands around 2.3 billion euros up to 2023, the Court of Audit said in a new report published on Monday. This involves extra money for Customs and the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA, as well as higher contributions to the EU, ANP reports.

A Meals Unite dinner in progress
Dec 9 '18 08:00

A new Amsterdam-based platform and app aims to connect people across the Netherlands face-to-face through meal sharing. Through Meals Unite you can host a dinner for people in your neighborhood, or be a guest at someone else's dinner anywhere in the Netherlands, simply by signing up for it.

The Traveling Frenchman single-origin chocolate
Dec 8 '18 08:00

Looking for a unique Christmas gift this year? Why not spoil a loved one with a delicious, chocolatey treat from The Traveling Frenchman.

The Amsterdam based company sells single-origin chocolate and hot chocolate flakes. This means the chocolate is made using cocoa beans from one specific place of origin. The beans take on the characteristics of the region where it is grown, and can take on floral, herbal, earthy or berry tones depending on region. 

Huawei Technology in Shenzhen, China
Dec 7 '18 10:00

For the time being, Dutch provider T-Mobile will not stop using Huawei equipment in its telecom networks due to foreign concerns that the Chinese company's equipment is being used for espionage. KPN and VodafoneZiggo are still considering, RTL Z reports after speaking to the telecom companies.

In the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the authorities are concerned that China is using Huawei's equipment for espionage. The countries are therefore barring the Chinese company from tendering for the 5G network, the successor of 4G.

Child and airplane
Dec 7 '18 09:04

The Dutch government wants to implement a flight tax of 7 euros per plane ticket, regardless of the destination. The government previously considered a tax of 3.80 euros for flights within Europe and 22 euros for intercontinental flights, but opted  for a fixed amount to make the Tax Authority's job easier, sources in The Hague confirmed to NU.nl after reports in RTL Nieuws.

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Dec 6 '18 14:10

Property tax for Dutch homeowners is increasing by an average of 2.2 percent in the coming year, according to own home association VEH after surveying 111 municipalities. The outlier is the municipality of Cuijk, where property tax is increasing by 32 percent, from 259 euros to 342 euros. This comes on top of a 12 percent increase implemented last year, NOS reports. 

Dec 6 '18 12:30

Six poultry farmers were sentenced to prison and community service for committing fraud with their poultry rights. They kept more poultry and produced more manure than they had permits for. They must also pay the illegal profits they made back to the State, totaling in an amount of 860 thousand euros, NOS reports.

According to the judge, the farmers all violated the Fertilizers Act, which is intended to reduce the surplus manure and livestock containment in order to protect the environment. By doing so they created unfair competition. 

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Dec 6 '18 10:50

Dutch people often misjudge important facts about the Netherlands. The Dutch population's perception about immigration, unemployment and climate change figures, among others, is far wrong, according to the study Perils of Perception by Ipsos. The research agency interviewed citizens from 37 countries. In none of the countries did the citizens estimate figures correctly, RTL Nieuws reports.

A PostNL van
Dec 6 '18 09:08

In the run-up to Pakjesavond, PostNL processed a record number of around 12 million parcels in its distribution centers. Last year just under 10 million parcels were processed between Black Friday and December 4th, NU.nl reports.

According to PostNL, this figure was higher than expected, thanks to the increasing popularity of doing Sinterklaas shopping online. Black Friday and Cyber Monday were also busier than ever. The Dutch postal service is preparing for a similarly busy Christmas period.

Euros
Dec 5 '18 15:40

Business man Bill Browder pressed money laundering charges against a number of banks and businesses in the Netherlands. The Pubic Prosecutor is currently investigating the charges to see if criminal prosecution is justified, RTL Nieuws reports.

Sinterklaas visits a school in Amsterdam, 5 December 2018
Dec 5 '18 11:10

PostNL was flooded with complaints in the run-up to Pakjesavond on Tuesday. Hundreds of customers were worried that their Sinterklaas gifts would not arrive on time, AD reports.

The fact that Sinterklaas is increasingly buying his gifts online has its disadvantages. Online shops, sorting centers, and package deliverers were overflowing with packages this past week, according to the newspaper. 

Amsterdam city center
Dec 4 '18 16:10

Amsterdam is one of the world's top 25 most visited cities in the world, according to Euromonitor International's annual Top 100 City Destinations 2018. Like last year, the Dutch capital is 23rd in the ranking, NU.nl reports.

In 2018 Amsterdam welcomed 8.5 million visitors, an 8 percent increase compared to 2017. Since 2012, Amsterdam climbed four spots on the ranking.

Euromonitor International considers a visitor to be someone who spends more than one day but less than 12 months in a city. Day visitors are therefore not included in the figures. 

Cyclist narrowly escapes being hit by an NS Intercity train
Dec 4 '18 11:10

ProRail closed the unguarded railway crossing in Geleen, Limburg, due to a number of recent near-miss incidents at the crossing. Last week the rail manager online, as part of a campaign to warn against the dangers of level crossings. The video went viral, NOS reports.

Tourists at the I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum
Dec 3 '18 10:00

The red and white 'I Amsterdam' letters were removed from the Museumplein on Monday morning. The removal started at 8:30 a.m. and the letters were taken away on a truck 30 minutes later, Het Parool reports.

Rabobank
Dec 3 '18 09:07

Tens of thousands of Rabobank customers were met with a nasty shock on Saturday. Their savings mortgage payments were deducted twice. This happened due to human error and the amounts have since been refunded, a spokesperson for the bank said to NOS.

This concerned customers with a so-called build-up mortgage. The mistake resulted in many Rabobank customers starting the expensive December in the red, they complained on social media. 

Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Dec 3 '18 08:48

Around 600 thousand traffic signs in the Netherlands are redundant, and the mess of signs along the road actually decrease road safety, according to safe traffic association VVN, the government's knowledge center on traffic and transport CROW, and HR Groep, the Telegraaf reports. 

The Netherlands counts over 3 million traffic signs. 20 percent of them are superfluous. The organizations call for these redundant signs to be removed, because they distract motorists and may cause them to overlook more important road signs.

Tony's Chocolonely
Nov 30 '18 12:30

Tony's Chocolonely is opening its own chocolate factory in former flour mill Pakhuis de Vrede in Zaandam. "There will also be a roller coaster", CEO Henk Jan Beltman said to RTL Nieuws.

Over the past 12 years Tony's Chocolonely has grown to become one of the most popular chocolate brands in the Netherlands. The company only uses responsibly sourced cocoa, for which farmers in Africa received acceptable payment and no children were used during harvest, according to the broadcaster. Its chocolate bars are currently made in factories in Belgium.

Queen Maxima, March 2018
Nov 29 '18 13:20

Argentine president Mauricio Macri invited Queen Maxima to attend the gala evening to kick off the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday evening. The Dutch Queen was invited in her role as special advocate for the Secretary General of the United Nations in the area of inclusive financing, ANP reports.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also attend the G20 Summit. The Netherlands was invited to the summit as an extra country, just like last year when Germany invited the Netherlands to attend.

A boat cruising down Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 May 2018
Nov 29 '18 12:30

Amsterdam is banning all boats from sailing on the canals in the city center between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. from mid next year. Private skippers and companies will also not be allowed to sail with more than 12 passengers without a permit. Alderman Sharon Dijksma hopes that these measure will reduce nuisance caused by boat traffic in the inner city, Het Parool reports.

Nov 29 '18 10:50

Shell has not paid any profit tax in the Netherlands for years, despite earning billions of euros in the country every year, newspaper Trouw reports based on "well informed" sources and a confidential internal document from the Ministry of Finance. 

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