Criminal activities involving drugs, illegal prostitution, illegal gambling and similar crimes contribute about 2.7 billion euros to the Netherlands' economy a year. That means that criminal activities account for about 0.4 percent of the Dutch economy, according to an estimate by Statistics Netherlands at the request of broadcaster RTL Z.
The Dutch government loses out on billions of euros due to Dutch companies evading their taxes, according to union FNV, based on a study by SOMO, a foundation that investigates multinational companies
The Netherlands is still far from reaching the objectives agreed to in the European guideline for Renewable Energy 2020. Of all the EU countries, only France is performing worse, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday.
In the Netherlands women more often marry a same sex partner than men. Marriages between two women are also more likely to end in divorce than marriages between two men or heterosexual marriages, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesda
Last year the Dutch economy grew slightly more than Statistics Netherlands calculated based on preliminary figures last month. According to the statistics office, the economy grew by 2 percent, instead of 1.9 percent, and is now back up to pre-crisis levels. Dutch households also have more disposable income and consumer spending was significantly higher in the last quarter of 2015 than a year earlier.
Despite a record number of tulip bulbs planted in Dutch fields this year, the famed traditional bulb-growing area around Lisse saw a decrease of 10 percent. The tulip crops are steadily spreading across the rest of the country, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands.
On Monday the Netherlands' population will cross the 17 million mark. It took 15 years for the population to go from 16 million people to 17 million, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday
A growing shortage of highly trained nurses has professional associations and healthcare organizations concerned. Sectors such as district nursing, nursing hoes and specialist departments in hospitals, like oncology and dialysis, are particularly affected by the "worrying shortage", Sonja Kersten, director of nurses' professional association V&VN.
The number of burglaries throughout the Netherlands dropped by 9 percent last year, compared to 2014. All in all fewer than 65 thousand homes were broken into in the country in 2015, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday.
Wealthier people are more likely to visit the dentist than people with money troubles. Last year 70 percent of people in the lowest income groups visited the dentist, compared to 90 percent of people in the highest income groups, according to a survey done by Statistics Netherlands.
Highly-skilled Dutch people are quicker to find work in the Netherlands than migrants with a non-western ethnicity with the same level of education, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.
Statistics Netherlands estimates that the Netherlands' population will reach 17 million on March 21st. Who exactly the 17 millionth resident of the country will be is nearly impossible to say, but according to the statistics office, it is more likely to be an immigrant than a baby.
The number of homeless people in the Netherlands increased by 13 thousand to 31 thousand people over the past six years. That is an increase of 74 percent between 2009 and 2015, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday.
Fewer Dutch people became the victims of crime in 2015. Last year 17.6 percent of the Netherlands' population was a victim of crime, compared to 18.9 percent in 2014. The crime rate was the worst in Amsterdam and the best in Emmen, according to the Safety Monitor 2015.
The average age of retirement in the Netherlands was 64 years and five months last year, four months older than in 2014, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday. This is the ninth year in a row that the average retirement age increased.
The turnover of hotels, restaurants, snack bars and cafes increased by 5.7 percent last year, when compared to 2014. That is the biggest growth for the hotel and catering industry in 15 years, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday.
Wind generated electricity in the Netherlands increased by nearly 20 percent last year, thereby accounting for more than half of the 13 billion kilowatt hours of electricity produced from renewable sources, Statistics Netherlands reports.
Nearly 11 thousand people in the Netherlands are celebrating their birthday today, on leap year. For 473 four-year-old children, this is the first time they are celebrating their birthday on their actual birthday, Statistics Netherlands reports.
The number of active welfare benefits in the Netherlands keeps growing. Last year 450 thousand people received welfare benefits, 16 thousand more than in 2014. The increase can almost completely be attributed to over-45-year-olds and under-27-year-olds, according to Statistics Netherlands.
Fewer people died in this milder than usual winter, according to Statistics Netherlands. Between the first week of December 2015 and the second week of February 2016, a total of 32.5 thousand people died in the Netherlands. That is 2.5 thousand fewer deaths than in the same period 2015/2015.
Despite a few difficult years during and following the financial crisis, the Netherlands' national wealth continued to grow and is currently standing at a staggering 3.7 trillion euros, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday. That is 3.7 with eleven zeros.
Statistics Netherlands expects that Amsterdam will collect 46.4 million euros in tourist tax over 2016, a 25 percent increase compared to last year. For all municipalities in the Netherlands proceeds from tourist tax are expected to increase by 8.6 percent to 188.6 million euros.
Amsterdam is leading the way for the decreasing unemployment in the Netherlands' four largest cities, though Utrecht has the lowest unemployment rate, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday. All four cities saw a drop in unemployment last year.
An increasing number of Dutch people are leaving the big cities to live in the Netherlands' country side. Rotterdam is the only one of the large Dutch cities to see an increase in population due to Dutch people moving there last year, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Monday.