The number of people receiving welfare benefits in the Netherlands increased significantly in the first quarter of this year. In the first three months of 2016 a total of 459 thousand people were on welfare - an increase of 11 thousand compared to the previous quarter and 18 thousand compared to the same time last year, Statistics Netherlands announced on Tuesday.
Benefits agency UWV expects that the economic recovery will continue to mean an increase in the demand for labor this year and next year. UWV expects the number of jobs to grow by 1.1 percent this year and 0.9 percent in 2017, totalling in 200 thousand new jobs, according to the agency's latest forecast
In 2014 there were 107,700 households in the Netherlands with at least 1 million euros in assets, 5 thousand more than in 2013. That means that 1.4 percent of Dutch households are millionaires, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
The Netherlands used more energy from renewable sources, such as biomass and solar power, in 2015. Last year 5.8 percent of the total energy consumed came from renewable sources, compared to 5.5 percent in 2014 and 4.8 percent in 2013, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
Freelancers experience less pressure at work and are less likely to burnout than employees who work for a boss. They are also more enthusiastic about their work, find their jobs more varied and want to retire later than employees, according to a study done by TNO and Statistics Netherlands.
Last year 75 thousand babies were born to unmarried parents in the Netherlands. That is 44 percent of the 170 thousand babies born in the country last year, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday.
Just over 8 percent of 17-year-olds in the Netherlands have a driver's license for car, the highest proportion since the Netherlands made it possible for 17-year-olds to get a license in 2011, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Friday.
The mood among Dutch entrepreneurs was upbeat and positive at the start of the second season. Businesses in the Netherlands continue to recover from the financial crisis, including small- and medium sized enterprises.
Freelancers are getting more work hours than they did two years ago. They more often keep working for their client and are also offered a permanent contract more often, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday
The Dutch economy continued its steady growth for the 8th quarter in a row. In the first quarter of 2016 the economy grew 0.5 percent compared to the previous quarter and 1.4 percent compared to the first quarter of last year, according to Statistics Netherlands' preliminary calculations.
A quarter of young people who left home in 2009, went back to living with their parents within five yeas, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. That is a five percent increase compared to kids who left home in 2004 and a 9 percent increase compared to 1995.
The number of people facing long-term unemployment in the Netherlands is decreasing. In the first quarter of this year 232 thousand people were unemployed for at least 12 months, a decrease of 57 thousand compared to the same period in 2015, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday.
Inflation in the Netherlands dropped to 0.0 percent in April, compared to 0.6 percent in March. This put inflation back to the same level as in 2015, which was the lowest level since 1987, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands.
Migration had only a small effect on the Netherlands population between 2000 and 2015. In this period 72 percent of population growth in the Netherlands could be attributed to natural increase - the number of births minus the number of deaths. The Dutch population grew by 6.5 percent, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday.
The number of women whose home-birth plans suddenly ended up in the hospital due to complications during child birth, decreased significantly over the past five years, according to an analysis Statistics Netherlands did for newspaper Trouw.
About 421 thousand children lived in a home with a low income in 2014 and were at risk of growing up in poverty. That is 12 percent of all children in the Netherlands. Some 131 thousand of them have been living in a low-income household for more than 4 years, according to Statistics Netherlands.
The Netherlands is the largest bicycle exporter in Europe, accounting for about a quarter of all bicycle exports in the EU. Germany comes in a close second, with other countries falling further behind, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
More than 356 thousand kids received some form of help from child welfare last year. That is 10 percent of all kids in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands on Friday. This help ranged from counseling for kids with mental health problems to educational guidance for kids with learning disabilities.
More then half, 53.9 percent, of Dutch adults between the ages of 20 and 25 years still live with their mom, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.
In the first quarter of 2016, existing home prices in Amsterdam rose above pre-crisis levels. A home in Amsterdam currently costs an average of 337 thousand euros, more than 100 thousand euros higher than the national average and 2 percent higher than in 2008, according to Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry.
Some 17,600 crime suspects received compensation in 2015 because they were detained without charges being pressed or suffered damage while in custody. That is an increase of 3,300 compared to 2014 and a 13 thousand increase compared to 2004. In total about 28 million euros in compensation was paid last year, according to Statistics Netherlands.
The Netherlands' economic situation is stabilizing and there were hardly any changes between March and April, according to Statistics Netherlands. In mid-April almost all economic indicators were more positive than their long-term trends.
The number of Dutch households with a relatively low income and relatively high rent increased significantly in the past years - from 8 percent in 2009 to 18 percent last year. In the same period the households living in the reverse situation - high income, low rent - decreased by 10 percent from 28 percent to 18 percent, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
The number of teenagers becoming mothers in the Netherlands has been dropping for years. Last year 1,574 teenage girls had a child, 13.5 percent less than in 2014, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday.