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Sold sign in front of a home
Nov 18 '19 11:09

Last year the median household in the Netherlands had 38,400 euros in assets, 10 thousand euros more than the year before. The increase is mainly due to the increasing home values in the country, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday.

The median household when it comes to wealth is when you line up all households in the Netherlands from least assets to most and pick the one exactly in the middle. That means that half of households have more in assets and half less than the median household.

Qatar Airways Boeing 777 cargo
Nov 15 '19 18:24

Qatar Airways is putting an end to its roughly 40-kilometer cargo flight route between Maastricht-Aachen Airport and the airport in Liège. With a flight time of about 9 minutes, the company had been trying to satisfy the needs of one specific client that required goods to be offloaded at Maastricht.

The controversial flight is served by Boeing 777-200LR, and is a stop along a flight path from Doha to Mexico City, and the return. To Mexico, the flight first lands in Maastricht, then Liège, and on to Mexico then Los Angeles.

Carrots for Sinterklaas' horse
Nov 15 '19 16:00

The bag of gifts Sinterklaas brings to your door will cost the holy man 2.6 percent more this year than it did last year, according to calculations by ING Economic Bureau. The price of most traditional Sinterklaas gifts increased over the past year, at least partly due to the increase in the low VAT rate, NU.nl reports.

Sweets and chocolate letters are 3.3 percent and 5 percent more expensive respectively. Toys saw a price increase of 1.5 percent. Books and fragrances now cost 3.3 percent more. The only cheaper gift is jewelry, 1.2 percent cheaper than last year.

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Nov 15 '19 09:28

Bijenkorf is no longer immune to the ravage online shopping caused to the Dutch retail landscape. The department store chain is cutting costs to turn the tide with dozens of layoffs and the cancellation of its most expensive event of the year - Turn On The Lights in Amsterdam, Financieele Dagblad reports based on anonymous sources and a document to employees the newspaper has in its possession.

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Nov 15 '19 08:02

Last year road traffic accounted for 17 percent of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands. The total CO2 emissions from road traffic was 2 percent higher in 2018 than in 2017 and 28 percent higher than in 1990.

Passenger cars accounted for 62 percent of the CO2 emissions in road traffic. Heavy goods vehicles and buses accounted for 20 percent. 

Kalverstraat in Amsterdam
Nov 14 '19 11:50

Amsterdam's Kalverstraat and Utrecht's Noordpassage are the busiest main shopping streets, or high streets, in the Netherlands, according to research data from Locatus. In Europe these two streets rank in 17th and 19th place respectively. The busiest shopping street in Europe is the Zeil in Frankfurt, followed by London's Oxford Street and Leicester Square in second and third place.

Waiting for a job interview
Nov 14 '19 07:39

The number of unemployed people in the Netherlands increased in the third quarter, compared to the previous quarter, for the first time in 5.5 years, according to Statistics Netherlands. In the third quarter there were 319 thousand unemployed people, 14 thousand more than in the second quarter. The unemployment rate rose from 3.3 percent to 3.4 percent.

ABN Amro logo on a building in Rotterdam
Nov 13 '19 10:00

ABN Amro will not implement negative interest on savings accounts with less than 100 thousand euros in them, the bank promised. The bank's interest rate on savings currently stands at 0.01 percent. It can, theoretically, still drop for zero. But most customers will not have to pay to keep their savings at ABN Amro, NOS reports.

Money laundering
Nov 13 '19 09:10

Every year around 13 billion euros of criminal money is laundered in the Netherlands, according to a study by Brigitte Unger, Professor of Economics at Utrecht University. Laundered criminal money accounts for around 1.6 percent of the Dutch economy, she concluded,Financieele Dagblad reports.

The majority of this laundered criminal money comes from the Netherlands itself. Criminals earn around 16 billion euros in the Netherlands through their criminal practices per year. About half of that amount is also laundered in the Netherlands.

Meeting
Nov 13 '19 08:22

Men are overrepresented in the highest level of two thirds of professional groups in the Netherlands. The remaining one third of professions which count more women in the top are mainly in the care and welfare sector, and in education, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Nov 13 '19 07:50

The government can solve the nitrogen emission problem by making public transit a more attractive option with a massive investment, according to NS and ProRail. The rail manager and -company propose that the government invest over 20.6 billion euros in the railways until 2040, for dozens of improvements, AD reports.

The organizations want to shorten the travel time from Leeuwarden and Groningen to the Randstad by making adjustments to the Hanze line, for example. Train journeys from Twente, Nijmegen and Vlissingen can also be up to 30 minutes faster with specific adjustments

Belastingdienst Amsterdam
Nov 13 '19 07:00

For years the Tax Authority ignored internal reports and complaints about the way it treats citizens. The service wrongly demanded money back from tens of thousands of people, without handling their complaints about it, and ignored former tax official Pierre Niessen when he reported this to the highest level, Niessen said in a letter sent to parliament, RTL Nieuws, and Trouw.

There is a culture of fear within the Tax Authority, Niessen said, resulting in his colleagues being afraid to report issues to their managers. 

100 kilometers per hour speed limit sign
Nov 12 '19 15:35

Drivers in the Netherlands will soon be limited to just 100 kilometers per hour on Dutch roadways, in an effort to make an immediate and dramatic reduction in air pollution, sources told broadcaster NOS.

Health insurance
Nov 12 '19 08:22

Health insurers CZ and VGZ are lowering the premium for their basic health insurance next year, by nearly 4 euros and 1 euro respectively, RTL Nieuws and NOS report. Basic insurance at Menzis will be one euro more expensive, the company said in an email to customers.

A Rijkswaterstaat salt truck
Nov 11 '19 10:20

The Netherlands might not be able to keep roadways from icing over this winter, due to high levels of the chemical PFAS in the country's rock salt supply. Rock salt makes up the vast majority of the country's road salt supply, of which an average of 200 thousand tons is distributed every winter along Dutch roads, said Ardin Bos in an interview with the Telegraaf.

Student housing in Amersfoort, Utrecht
Nov 11 '19 09:33

Left-wing political party GroenLinks wants the Dutch government to commit to spending 250 million euros on housing availability for students and first-time home buyers. The party's representation in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, was expected to argue in favor of this allocation in a debate session on Monday.

The Maas river in Venlo, Limburg
Nov 11 '19 07:15

The Maas river in Limburg has been contaminated with a pesticide, making it no longer suitable to serve as a source of drinking water, according to broadcaster 1Limburg. Double the acceptable amount of prosulfocarb was found In the river announced the WML, the publicly owned utility that provides water for over a half million households and businesses in Limburg.

The contamination from the herbicide was first discovered 11 days ago. “We know for sure that this substance comes from Belgium,” said Koen Augustijn, spokesperson for WML, in an interview with the regional broadcaster.

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Nov 8 '19 14:08

Roughly 1.5 million households will likely find it difficult to pay their energy bills in 2030, a worrisome increase compared to today, when over 650 thousand Netherlands households have a tough time handling the price of electricity and gas. The research, from agency Ecorys and reported on by Trouw, defined households as being energy impoverished if they spend at least ten percent of household income on payments to energy providers.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Nov 8 '19 08:30

The Netherlands and eight other European countries are calling on the European Union to implement a tax on air travel. The governments of the nine countries signed a manifesto calling on the European Commission to come up with a proposal on this front, which will be handed to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Nov 7 '19 11:45

The pilot of Air Europa flight 1094, which caused a massive fuss at Schiphol Airport on Wednesday evening when the pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking alarm, apologized to the passengers of the heavily delayed flight when it finally departed, according to a video one passenger recorded of the apology and posted on Twitter.

Schiphol Plaza
Nov 7 '19 09:18

The government, ProRail, NS, Schiphol and the Amsterdam Transport Region are very nearly at an agreement regarding the expansion of Schiphol train station. The renovations, which will include larger access gates and a new bus station, are scheduled to start in 2022 and expected to cost some 500 million euros, AD reports based on draft plans the newspaper got a look at.

Schiphol Amsterdam
Nov 6 '19 21:02

A massive response to an aircraft boarding at Schiphol Airport on Wednesday evening turned out to be a false alarm, according to the airline involved. The crew of an Air Europa flight to Madrid had already boarded 27 passengers when a pilot accidentally pressed the emergency distress button in the cockpit at about 6:45 p.m., the airline said.

Just married
Nov 6 '19 13:30

The number of marriages that last 50 or 60 years in the Netherlands is increasing. More couples celebrated their gold and diamond anniversaries last year, thanks to the high number of marriages in the 60s and 70s combined with the increasing life expectancy, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.

The number of ruby or emerald (40 years), silver (25 years) and copper (12.5 years) wedding anniversaries, on the other hand, are decreasing. According to the stats office, this has to do with fewer marriages and more divorces after the 1970s.

Parking with special places for people with disabilities at the Isala Hospital in Zwolle
Nov 6 '19 08:12

People who regularly visit a hospital in the Netherlands spend enormous amounts on parking alone. Some lose more than a thousand euros a year in driving to and parking at the hospital. On average, one day of parking at a hospital in the Netherlands costs 8.93 euros. Amsterdam is most expensive - at the OLVG in Amsterdam Oost, parking costs 48 euros per day, AD reports based on its own research.

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