An increasing number of kids in the Netherlands do not live with their father. Last year 549 thousand children under the age of 16 did not live with their father. That is 18 percent of all kids in the Netherlands, a 5 percent increase compared to 1995, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday.
Buying food is relatively cheap in the Netherlands, where prices are about 2 percent lower than the average in the European Union, according to figures Statistics Netherlands and Eurostat released on Wednesday. Food prices in our neighboring countries are all higher than the EU average.
More and more Dutch are living alone and Statistics Netherlands expects that this number will only keep increasing. The number of one-person-households is particularly increasing among people 65 years and older, especially among women.
Unemployment in the Netherlands continues to decline, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday. Most of the decline can be attributed to the age group 25 to 45 years, where unemployment has been falling almost continually for two years. People in long-term unemployment are still struggling to reenter the workforce.
German vacationers, day trippers and business travelers spent 4.9 billion euros in the Netherlands last year, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. German visitors accounted for nearly half of the 10.2 billion euros foreign visitors spent in the country in 2015.
The fire departments in the Netherlands are slowly losing members. Last year the firefighting workforce shrunk by 1 percent, mostly among volunteer firefighters and support personnel, Statistics Netherlands revealed on Tuesday.
The number of online shoppers in the Netherlands doubled over the past decade, with 71 percent of Dutch now doing at least some of their shopping online, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.
For the first time since 2012 the number of children attending daycare in the Netherlands increased. According to Statistics Netherlands, 767 thousand children went to a daycare, childminder or after school care last year, an increase of 12 thousand compared to 2014.
Last year almost 1.2 million people in the Netherlands have never used the internet. That is about 8 percent of the Dutch population aged 12 years in older, according to Statistics Netherlands. Internet usage is increasing in the Netherlands. In 2012 about 10 percent of the population were not active online.
The retail sector in the Netherlands started 2016 with a 1.6 percent turnover increase in the first quarter. The growth mostly attributable to online stores and the food industry, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday.
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.