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Holiday
Aug 7 '17 12:35

The number of vacation homes sold in the Netherlands increased by 20 percent last year, according to data the Dutch association of realtors NVM released on Monday. In 2015 the the number of holiday homes sold doubled, NU.nl reports.

According to NVM, the continuing trend can be attributed to the low interest rates. As savings yield hardly anything at the moment, more people choose to invest their money into a second home. 

Looking for a job
Aug 7 '17 11:55

The unemployment rate among people with a non-Western background in the Netherlands decreased in 2016, according to Statistics Netherlands. Last year unemployment in this group was 13.2 percent, compared to 16.5 percent in 2014. 

Statistics Netherlands also noted that unemployment is higher among the second generation of non-Western immigrants than the first generation. The unemployment rate for second generation immigrants, who were born in the Netherlands, was 14.3 percent last year, compared to 12.5 percent for first generation immigrants.

Airbnb
Aug 7 '17 09:27

Airbnb refutes a by Trouw and other European newspapers last week that stated that about 40 percent of Dutch Airbnb hosts rent out their homes for more than the limit of 60 days per year. "The data is wrong and uses flawed methodology to make false conclusions", the home sharing site said in a statement sent to NL Times by Simon den Haak, press agent for Airbnb in the Netherlands.

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Aug 4 '17 14:50

The Royal Bank of Scotland wants to establish its European trading activities in Amsterdam after Great Britain leaves the European Union, CEO Ross McEwan said on Friday. RBS is currently discussing the move with the supervisors, AD reports.

On Thursday the American trade house Tradeweb Markets announced it will be moving to Amsterdam. And last week Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group said it's

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Aug 4 '17 14:10

Amsterdam's policy that prostitutes must share personal information with brothel owners, is in violation of the Personal Data Protection Act, the court in Amsterdam ruled in a case filed by 10 window brothels against the municipality, NU.nl reports.

Airbnb
Aug 4 '17 12:50

About 40 percent of the Dutch who rent out their homes on Airbnb don't hold to the only 60 days per year limit, according to a study by Trouw, De Tijd, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Le Monde. The study looked at the Airbnb rentals in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland based on data from Airbnb and data analyst AirDNA.

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Aug 4 '17 10:08

German supermarket chain Aldi is removing all eggs from the shelves across the country because o, the supermarket chain announced on Friday. According to Aldi, this is a "precautionary measure", ANP reports.

Health insurance
Aug 4 '17 09:35

Health insurance will be more expensive in the Netherlands next year due to an unexpected setback, Chris Oomen, CEO of insurer DSW, said to Radio 1 Journaal on Friday morning. Due to a deficit of 400 million euros, premiums will increase by an average of 30 euros per year, ANP reports.

"Income from the health insurance fund fell out lower in 2016. That resulted in a deficit of 400 million euros", Oomen said. "This will have to be compensated for in the premiums. Because our reserves are decreasing because of this and therefore we can not keep our premiums low."

Marechaussee
Aug 4 '17 07:27

Travelers departing from the airports in Eindhoven and Schiphol today may face longer lines at the passport checks due to l, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border protection, including at airports and harbors.

Aug 3 '17 13:30

The supermarket sector suffered "fairly substantial" damages that can amount to millions of euros as a result of, René Roorda, director of the central bureau of foodstuffs trading CBL said to ANP.

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Aug 3 '17 13:30

The rapid rent increases in the free sector seems to be slowing down in most of the big cities in the Netherlands, according to figures from rental site Pararius for the second quarter. Only Utrecht is still seeing large rent increases. Outside the Randstad, however, rental prices are skyrocketing, NOS reports.

Outside the Randstad areas, rental prices increased on average by 10 percent in the second quarter. The average increase in the Randstad was 4.7 percent. Flevoland and Groningen even saw increases of 23 and 17 percent respectively. 

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Aug 3 '17 09:28

Amsterdam alderman Jan-Bert Vroege (D66) accused entrepreneurs and hotel owners in the city of profiteering from Gay Pride, without giving anything back, in a letter to Het Parool. Supermarket chain Albert Heijn and clubs Paradiso and Westerunie are astonished by this accusation, according to the newspaper. 

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Aug 2 '17 15:10

Enormous budget cuts to elderly care done by the Rutte II cabinet saved no money, according to a study by newspaper AD, De Groene Amsterdammer and Investico. The Rutte II cabinet thought to save 1.88 billion euros by being less quick to send elderly people to nursing home, but eventually not a cent was left of that amount, according to the study.

Eggs
Aug 2 '17 14:30

Agricultural organization LTO Nederland is furious that the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA advised consumers to show restraint in eating eggs until the results of an investigation into are in. "That is a terrible and unnecessary statement", Eric Huber, chairman of the poultry farm department, said to Radio 1 Journaal on Wednesday. "It leads to unnecessary unrest among consumers."

Valtifest 2016
Aug 2 '17 13:50

Festival organizer Valtifest was declared bankrupt on Tuesday, the organization announced on their website. The 10th edition of Valtifest, with the theme ArtiFarti, was set to take place on the NDSM site in Amsterdam on September 9th. Whether this can still happen is unclear, Het Parool reports.

Park 21
Aug 2 '17 13:10

Hans van Driem has big ideas for a gigantic new attraction consisting of five theme parks, 4 thousand hotel rooms restaurants, bars and numerous other forms of entertainment. With his , part of Park 21, he believes he can annually tempt 4 million tourists away from the already crowded Amsterdam, AT5 reports.

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Aug 2 '17 08:05

The municipality of Amsterdam will soon start removing shared bicycles left parked in public spaces, the municipality said in a press statement. Public spaces may not be used as a place of issue and bike sharing companies that do so are hindering city traffic by using up the already scarce bicycle parking, according to the city.

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Aug 1 '17 16:00

Jos van Winsen, director of the Shell refinery in Pernis, Rotterdam, offered his apologies on Tuesday for over the past days. "We are extremely sorry, this is not what we are", Van Winsen said to RTV Rijnmond.

Aug 1 '17 15:20

A number of poultry farmers are holding Barneveld company ChickFriend responsible for their production being halted and their eggs being recalled. The NVWAand recalled their eggs after toxic substance fipronil was found in them, ANP reports.

Dairy Farm
Aug 1 '17 10:40

The Netherlands' agriculture sector has relatively the lowest impact on the environment of all the countries in the world, according to a study by ABN Amro. Per kilo of agricultural product, the Netherlands 'footprint' of, among others, CO2, energy, pesticides and antibiotics is the lowest, the bank concludes, NOS reports.

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Aug 1 '17 09:19

ProRail established a special team to check all fire alarms that go off in the Schiphol tunnel. The rail operator hopes that this team will help stop fire alarms in the tunnel leading to chaos and hours-long delays on the track in the Randstad area, ANP reports.

Fire detectors in the tunnel often sound alarm over small and relatively harmless incidents, bringing train traffic to a stand still while the alarm is investigated. According to ProRail, the new team will check out what is going on within 10 minutes of an alarm and solve the problems themselves as far as possible. 

Marechaussee
Jul 31 '17 17:00

The joint unions of Defense personnel are planning labor actions twice this week. Friday's action may result in longer than usual queues at the airports in Eindhoven and Rotterdam, ANP reports.

On Friday the Koninklijke Marechaussee will perform extra strict and thorough passport checks at these airports. This may cause longer queues and extra inconvenience for passengers. The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border security, including at airports and harbors.

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Jul 31 '17 15:40

Shell may scrap around 400 jobs in the Netherlands, mainly in the Projects & Technology division in Amsterdam and Rijswijk, the oil and gas giant confirmed on Monday. This round of layoffs will be part of measures taken in the last quarter of this year, ANP reports.

Some of the affected employees may be able to continue working in another division at Shell. The precise impact is not yet clear and it still has to be discussed with the central works council and trade unions, the company emphasized.

Holiday
Jul 31 '17 13:40

Over 16 percent of Dutch households say they have too little money to go away on holiday one week per year, according to figures from Eurostat. That is well below the European Union average, where 33 percent of households can't afford a vacation, NOS reports.

The Netherlands is ranked 6th on the list of EU whose residents go on holiday most. Sweden counts the most vacationers - only 8 percent of households stay home year round. Luxembourg, Austria and the Scandinavian countries are also above the Netherlands on the list. 

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