The Dutch economy will be slightly better than expected in 2015. The gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 1.5 percent. That is a slightly higher growth than the 1.25 percent that was expected in previous calculations.
The NOS has received leaked data from the budget negotiations, the entire contents of which will be announced on Tuesday. This early leak concerns figures on projected joblessness and economic growth for next year, the NOS reports.
The purchasing power of the Dutch population decreased by 1.1 percent in 2013, Statistics Netherlands announced today.
After negotiations at the Ministry of Finance with financial specialist from the ruling parties and friendly opposition parties, the Cabinet seems to be in agreement about the budget for next year. Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says the consensus is a "careful budget", De Telegraaf reports.
The main news from the Budget was yesterday repeated endlessly by the different media. Many notable plans and facts from the budget of the government however did not reach the media. Big chance that you did not know the following ten facts.
1. Windfall by telecom auction?
This year the auction of 4G frequencies brought a windfall for the Treasury of up to 3.8 billion euro. Next year the so-called 2GHz frequencies, which expire in 2016, will be auctioned again. The previous auction in 1998 yielded 1.84 billion. Looks promising!
2. Largest costs
The Dutchman loses an average of 0.5 percent of their purchasing power next year. The growth of the Dutch economy will average 0.5 percent, while the budget deficit will average 3.3 percent in 2014.
Most Dutch experienced a reduction in their salary last year. Wages decreased most in the agricultural sector (-6,6 percent) and in hospitality (-3,5 percent). Employment website Monsterboard concluded this after questioning 14 thousand people for the Wage Index, de Loonwijzer.