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Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Jan 1 '20 11:40

A massive 77 million euros worth of fireworks were sold in the Netherlands for New Year's Eve 2019, according to interest association Pyrotechnics Netherlands. That is 10 percent more than in 2010, and a new record, NU.nl reports.

The previous record of 74 million euros dated from 2008 and 2009.

Euros in an envelope
Jan 1 '20 10:50

The main prize of the New Year's Eve draw of the State Lottery went to two lottery tickets purchased in Krommenie in Noord-Holland and in Enschede in Overijssel. Both lucky winners will soon have 15 million euros, tax free, in their bank accounts, NU.nl reports.

The identities of the winners were not disclosed. The winning ticket number is GI 59458.

A total of 6.3 million New Year's lottery tickets were sold, including a massive 1 million in the last minute of 2019. 

Man on an electric bike
Dec 31 '19 12:10

The bicycle industry in the Netherlands is preparing for skyrocketing sales of electric bicycles in 2020. Thousands of companies are eager to make use of the new tax-friendly lease scheme with which employers can provide employees with a "company bike". Industry association Bovag and RAI expect that up to 150 thousand more e-bikes will be sold next year, AD reports.

Working from home
Dec 31 '19 11:20

Employers want to solve the staff shortages in many sectors in the Netherlands by making part-time workers work more hours, according to a memorandum from employers' associations AWVN, MKB-Nederland, and VNO-NCW, the Telegraaf reports.

Belastingdienst Amsterdam
Dec 31 '19 09:40

People who called the Tax Authority with a query this year, often found it impossible to speak to a tax employee. The Allowances department in particular is very hard to reach, with less than two in ten callers being answered at the lowest point this year, according to an analysis by Nd.nl. 

If there are insufficient employees available to take calls, callers are notified that the Tax Authority is "closed". The office wants to avoid long waiting times in this way.

Philips Headquarters
Dec 31 '19 08:44

Philips was one of multiple global companies affected by a major espionage campaign by Chinese hackers, The Wall Street Journal reported. The espionage, called Operation Cloud Hopper, was discovered in 2016 and security researchers believe the hackers have links with the Chinese government.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the hackers managed to steal medical research data from Philips. The company said that measurers have been taken and that no patient data had been stolen.

Fireworks at Scheveningen beach
Dec 30 '19 18:08

The Netherlands is headed towards its second straight year of sales growth in legal fireworks, the Dutch Association of Pyrotechnics told Nu.nl. Sales have risen dramatically, with an expected turnover increase of ten percent, the association said.

T-Mobile shop in Amsterdam
Dec 30 '19 10:54

The four top telecom providers in the Netherlands were fined a combined total of 13.2 million euros by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). All four were alleged to have provided "incorrect and incomplete information about their offerings" on their consumer-facing websites, the ACM said on Monday.

Euros in a wallet
Dec 28 '19 09:00

The Netherlands has dozens of new rules, regulations, and laws coming into force on January 1, 2020. Of over four dozen major tax changes rolling out in January, we are putting the spotlight on ten changes that could have a real impact on the wallets and bank accounts of people living and working in the Netherlands.

Santa Claus
Dec 25 '19 07:50

Giving gifts on Christmas has become a tradition in the Netherlands, even though Christmas falls only 20 days after the departure of Sinterklaas. "You can even see that we now spend a little bit more for Christmas than for Sinterklaas," retail expert Hans van Tellingen said to RTL Nieuws.

"Sinterklaas remains important, but you see that other events are becoming increasingly important," Van Tellingen, from shopping center researcher Strabo, said. "It is no longer either-or, but and-and."

Cobalt
Dec 24 '19 16:58

Prosecutors in Rotterdam have decided to pursue charges against six men for the theft of 114 tons of cobalt from the Port of Rotterdam. The stolen cargo had a commercial value of eight million dollars, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said.

"Cobalt is a rare raw earth material that is used for batteries in electric cars and tablets, among other items," the OM said. The material was stolen from a secured warehouse at the Waalhaven operated by Vollers, which immediately tightened up its security afterwards, newspaper AD wrote at the time of the theft.

Albert Heijn
Dec 24 '19 10:05

With nearly a third of grocery stores open on Christmas Day in the Netherlands this year, and over two-thirds in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, there is growing concern about the increased pressure placed on retail workers during the December holiday season. The Netherlands is becoming increasingly influenced by foreign holidays and shopping behavior, and that is having a negative impact on work environments in the retail sector, suggests FNV union leader Linda Vermeulen.

Parliament in the Netherlands
Dec 22 '19 13:06

With a new year comes a host of law changes, new rules, and regulations to be implemented in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is enforcing dozens of these new laws as of January 1, 2020. Every year, the NL Times does a roundup of these rules changes for non-Dutch speaking people. Here follows a summary of the main changes per category. 

For 2020, the Dutch government categorized these laws into nine different sections. Click on each section header for a full article about each category's changes in the new year.

KLM flight attendant
Dec 20 '19 13:33

Dutch flag carrier airline KLM has agreed to a new labor agreement with its cabin crew that will see personnel receive a seven percent pay raise. The two sides reached the agreement in principle on Thursday night after nearly eight months of negotiations, the FNV labor union said.

Euro coins
Dec 20 '19 12:00

The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Work and Income:

Working from home
Dec 20 '19 07:55

Worker productivity was largely flat between 2008 and 2018, despite a large increase in the number of hours worked by self-employed people. Business sectors with more self-employed people generally see lower growth in productivity, according to Statistics Netherlands.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Dec 20 '19 07:00

The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Justice, Security and Defense:

Business meeting
Dec 19 '19 14:00

The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Entrepreneurship:

Traffic in the rain
Dec 19 '19 11:10

The number of passenger cars in the Netherlands increased by a factor of more than 200 since 1927, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Then there were 41 thousand cars in the Netherlands. This year the country counted 8.5 million passenger cars. Almost half of Netherlands residents own a car.

According to the stats office, the massive increase is related to the growing population, incomes, and commuter traffic, among other things. 

Oudegracht in Utrecht
Dec 19 '19 09:00

Make sure you consider living in Utrecht if you are moving to the Netherlands. Already voted as one of the best and happiest places to live not only in the Netherlands, but in the whole world, the country’s fourth largest city is an impressive hometown choice.

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Dec 19 '19 08:00

The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Traffic and Transport:

Teenagers using their smartphones on a bench in Amsterdam
Dec 18 '19 17:10

People in the Netherlands used 18 percent more mobile data in the first half of the year, than the first six months of 2018. It’s the single largest increase ever recorded, according to the Authority for Consumer & Markets in (ACM). Mobile data consumption rose to three gigabytes monthly per mobile connection in the second quarter of the year.

Traffic on the A1 at De Lutte after protesting farmers blocked the border crossing, 18 December 2019
Dec 18 '19 16:00

As protesting farmers and construction workers caused traffic problems in multiple places in the Netherlands throughout the day, the expectation for evening rush hour looks pretty bleak. At 3:55 p.m. there were still 41 areas of traffic jams, affecting about 165 kilometers of roadway according to infrastructure authority Rijkswaterstaat.

"Dozens of fines were issued during the day and a multitude of tractors were removed from the road," police said in a statement.

Euros in a wallet
Dec 18 '19 14:40

Staff employees in the Netherlands are likely to see a slight bump in take-home pay next year. Net pay is likely to rise for many people by nearly two percent because of tax cuts announced on Budget Day, wrote Wouter Koolmees, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, in a letter to parliament.

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