The Dutch economy has entered a stable growth path that can continue in the future. After seven years the Netherlands has finally returned to the economic level before the crisis in 2008 and 2009. Though unemployment is still a concern and the gross domestic product per capita is still 2.8 percent lower than in 2008.
By the end of this year the Dutch gross domestic product is expected to top the real level seen in 2008 for the first time since the financial crisis. This is according to De Nederlandsche Bank's latest half-yearly forecast, which was published on Monday.
The 2015 budget deficit is 0.1 percent lower than expected in the Budget Memorandum 2015 and amounts to a deficit of 2.1 percent of the gross domestic product. This is due to the influence of favorable economic developments, lower expenditure on social security and healthcare, lower interest expenses and a higher revenue.
The Netherlands is the 7th happiest country in the world according to the United Nation's World Happiness Report 2015. This puts the Netherlands three places down from the 4th place the country got in the 2013 report.
The Netherlands' government deficit amounted to 2.3 percent of the gross domestic product, the same as in 2013. Public debt also remained fairly stable at 68.8 percent of the gross domestic product.
The economic value of Dutch football has been identified as €2.18 billion, according to groundbreaking calculations made by a joint study. Football's estimated impact is worth 0.34 percent of the gross domestic product in the Netherlands.
Of all EU Member States, the Netherlands spends the least on families and children as a proportion of its social spending, according to statistics by Eurostat, the European statistical office, published Thursday.