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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.

Car sharing
Dec 18 '19 12:10

The 20 largest rural municipalities in the Netherlands on Wednesday signed an accord with Minister Stientje van Veldhoven, responsible for Housing and Environment, to promote car sharing in their municipalities. The aim is to have at least 100 thousand shared cars with 700 thousand users by 2021.

Police blocking the A9 at the Akersloot offramp in Alkmaar to force protesting farmers off the highway, 18 December 2019
Dec 18 '19 09:34

Protesting farmers are causing quite a bit of traffic chaos in Netherlands on Wednesday morning. At Alkmaar, a group of around 80 tractors climbed onto the A9 highway towards Amsterdam - against the orders of the police. 

Young healthcare workers
Dec 18 '19 09:03

Hundreds of healthcare students are considering quitting their studies due to unpleasant experiences at their internship, according to an interim report from the Intern Abuse hotline set up by trade union FNV. The hotline opened on November 3rd. So far there have been 540 reports of abuse, NOS reports.

Working from home
Dec 18 '19 08:34

Working from home is becoming increasingly common in the Netherlands. The number of people who work from home at least some of the time increased from 2.8 million in 2013 to 3.3 million last year. That is 37 percent of the employed workforce, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday.

Tractors on the A15 highway between Gorinchem junction and Ridderkerk, 18 December 2019
Dec 18 '19 07:35

Motorists must take longer travel time into account on Wednesday morning due to protests by farmers and construction workers. The construction workers are planning go-slow actions on Dutch highways and provincial roads. A court banned the farmers from blocking distribution centers, but other types of actions are planned.

Media Park museum Hilversum
Dec 17 '19 17:00

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 Education and Culture:

Eurostar train
Dec 17 '19 16:50

Dutch national railway NS said it plans to work with Eurostar to run five high-speed trains daily between Amsterdam and London, with a stop in Rotterdam. The increase would mean the train service could conceivably handle up to 4,500 passengers per day in either direction.

Elderly people sitting on a park bench
Dec 17 '19 13:00

The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. There were no known changes in the category of Pensioners as of the time of publishing: 

The state retirement age - the AOW-leeftijd - will not be increasing in 2020 and remains 66 years and four months. 

Belastingdienst tax blue envelope
Dec 17 '19 10:50

The government will compensate around 270 parents whose childcare allowance was halted after unjust fraud allegations. Their compensation will be in their account before Christmas, by around December 20th, State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance said in a letter sent to parliament on Tuesday.

Aerial photo of Utrecht
Dec 17 '19 09:55

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 Housing and Living Environment, known to the public at the time of publication:

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Dec 17 '19 09:06

The Dutch population is expected to continue growing in the coming decades, largely due to immigration. In 2024 the population of the Netherlands is expected to cross the 18 million mark. The 19 million residents milestone will likely follow in 2039. By 2060, the Netherlands will count nearly 19.6 million residents, according to the latest forecast by Statistic Netherlands.

Business meeting
Dec 17 '19 08:06

The Netherlands is falling behind when it comes to promoting gender equality, according to the Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum, published on Tuesday. The Netherlands dropped 11 spots on the ranking this year, ending in 38th position. 

Farmers protest on Malieveld in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Dec 16 '19 14:20

Protesting farmers will not block supermarkets' distribution centers on Wednesday, the lawyer representing action group Farmers Defense Force (FDF) promised in court on Monday in summary proceedings filed by supermarket chains' organization CBL. According to the lawyer, the FDF never planned to block distribution centers and cause supermarkets to have empty shelves the week before Christmas, NOS reports.

Hospital ward
Dec 16 '19 10:10

Hospitals and other care institutions in the Netherlands are spending more and more on temporary workers. Between 2015 and 2018, the costs involved in hiring temps increased by 49 percent, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.

Chocolate spread
Dec 16 '19 09:20

Chocolate spread marketed for babies "from the age of 8 months" by De Kleine Keuken won the most misleading product of the year award by food watchdog Foodwatch. The chocolate spread got 23 percent of the more than 10 thousand votes.

Utrecht's new fast tram 22 on the Uithof line, 14 December 2019
Dec 16 '19 08:19

Utrecht's highly anticipated fast tram line between Utrecht Central Station and the Science Park officially started running on Monday, after a dress rehearsal on Saturday when people could ride the tram for free. From Monday, the Uithoflijn will run 10 trams per hour along nine stops in both directions, NU.nl and Leeuwarder Courant report.

Lecture hall
Dec 13 '19 17:10

The percentage of female educators in higher education is on the rise, but slowly, according to figures from the Dutch network of female professors LNHV. If this pace continues, the Netherlands will only reach a balance of 50 percent female and 50 percent male professors in 2042, the network said.

Currently 23.1 percent of professors in the Netherlands are women, up from 20.9 percent last year - the biggest increase in Dutch history. On the downside, the percentage of women among associate professors decreased from 28.6 to 28.4 percent.

Farmers and tractors on Dam Square in Amsterdam, 13 December 2019
Dec 13 '19 14:40

Farmers with 28 tractors gathered on Dam Square and Rokin in Amsterdam on Friday to protest against the government's nitrogen policy. They brought food with them for brunch and invited Amsterdam residents to come eat with them, specifically, Dutch-made food "with a low environmental impact."

"Farmer and citizen can talk to each other or enjoy a tasty egg or a hamburger sandwich", action group Argactie said on its website. "We want to use this day to find a connection between farmer and citizen." The protest action will officially last from noon until 4:00 p.m. 

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Dec 13 '19 10:30

Car owners in the Netherlands will pay 147 million euros more in road taxes next year than this year, according to Statistics Netherlands. The increase is partly due to the growing fleet of vehicles, higher rates, and the particulate matter tax that will be implemented. In total, the government and provinces expect to collect almost 6.1 billion euros in road tax in 2020.

The road tax, or motor vehicle tax, consists of a government part and a part collected by the provinces. The government expects to collect 131 million euros more next year, the provinces 16 million euros more. 

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