A decrease in the unemployment rate in the last quarter of 2015 led to slightly higher spending in November. Consumer confidence dropped by 2 points in January, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday.
Nearly 1.1 million Dutch households struggled to make ends meet last year. A massive 41 percent of the estimated 718 thousand households with an income below the low-income line had to forgo regular expenses, such as heating their home or buying new clothes. The same goes for around 10 percent of households above the low-income line, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday.
The top earners at the 1,000 largest companies in the Netherlands on average earn six times more than an average worker, according to calculations done by Statistics Netherlands after looking at the five top earners per company.
A large number of young people in the Netherlands are working below their education level. In the third quarter of last year, about half of highly educated young people worked in positions generally filled by people with a medium- or low education, according to research done by statistics Netherlands. One in six young people with a mid-level education were overqualified for their jobs
The average price of airfare rose by 5.4 percent last year despite a sharp drop in the price of oil, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS) figures provided to NOS. The price of holiday packages also went up by 1.5 percent.
Taking a gap year immediately after the final exams was a less popular choice among newly graduated high school students in 2014-2015, according to Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday. The statistics office attributes this to the student grant being abolished and replaced with a loan system last summer.
People are finally eating at Dutch restaurants and staying over in hotels again after the financial crisis in 2008, but bars and pubs are still struggling. Most parts of the traditional hospitality industry are seeing recovery in their turnover volumes, but bars are more than 25 percent below the level of 2007, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Monday.
The collective bargaining salaries increased by 1.4 percent in 2015, the biggest increase since 2012. In 2014 they increased by only 0.9 percent. The increase was especially significant in the public sector, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday.
Almost a quarter of the Dutch population aged 12 years and older were registered as organ donors in 2015. That is about 2 million women and 1.6 million men, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday.
In December almost all key indicators on the state of the Dutch economy are positive and most of the indicators on CBS Business Cycle Tracer are doing better than their long-term trend, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. The economic outlook is somewhat better than last month.
After the outbreak of the credit crisis in 2008, workers in the Netherlands are working longer hours for lower compensation, according to Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday. This trend can partly be attributed to the relatively high unemployment rate and the growing number of flexible and self-employed workers.
Men shopped online more often than women this year and also tended to spend more. About 40 percent of all online shoppers experienced technical or delivery problems during the year, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday.
Dutch travelers are increasingly opting for budget airlines on their travels. More than 33 percent of all passengers going through a Dutch airport last year traveled with a cheap airline like Transavia, Ryanair or Easyjet, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.
A total of 70 thousand asylum seekers are expected in the Netherlands next year, according to Statistics Netherlands. That is 29 percent of the total number of immigrants expected to be added to the Dutch population.
A sixth of Dutch girls between the ages of 15 and 18 years are being bullied online, according to figures released by statistics Netherlands on Thursday. More than 400 Dutch people over the age of 15 years deal with this problem every year.
Half of the 52,500 asylum seekers that were registered by the Immigration and Naturalization in the Netherlands this year are from Syria - 18 thousand of the Syrians are asylum seekers and more than 8 thousand are people joining a family member already in the Netherlands, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday.
One in eight kids in the Netherlands are growing up in families wit low incomes, but this is slowly improving. The number of low-income households in the Netherlands is no longer increasing and may even start falling in the near future, according to Statistics Netherlands and the Central Planning Bureau on Wednesday.
The top 1 percent richest people in the Netherlands saw their wealth grow by 23 billion euros last year, resulting in them currently holding 28.8 percent of all Dutch assets
Men are far more often suspected of a crime in the Netherlands than women. With the exception of shoplifting, female suspects are seriously underrepresented in all types of crime, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday.
The total number of asylum requests the Netherlands received in 2015 reached 54 thousand in November, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced
The number of people suffering from cardiovascular disease in the Netherlands will increase by more than half a million by 2040. In that year 1.4 Dutch people will have had a heart attack or stroke or will be suffering from heart failure, compared to 850 thousand in 2011, according to calculations public health institute RIVM did for the Heart Foundation
Some 27 million euros worth of gold ended up in the trash in 2012, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday in its publication Green Growth in the Netherlands 2015. The gold was in parts of discarded electrical appliances.
The proportion of suspects in the Netherlands aged 50 years and older increased from one in eight in 2007 to one in six last year, though the actual number of older suspects is decreasing. This is because the number of suspects under the age of 50 is decreasing faster, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
The wealth of Dutch households finally reached the end of its downward trend, which started at the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2008. In 2014, the average household wealth remained stable, according to figures released by statistics Netherlands.