The Netherlands had a budget surplus of 0.5 percent of the gross domestic product in the second quarter of this year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday based on seasonally adjusted figures for the second quarter of 2016.
The number of primary school pupils in the Netherlands has been shrinking for the past seven years, and that decrease will only continue, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. In the year 2023 the Netherlands will have around 1.4 million primary school students, a decrease of 74 thousand or 5 percent compared to now.
The Netherlands' budget for fighting crime hasn't increased since 2009, according to Statistics Netherlands. From 2009 to 2015 government spent 12.9 billion euros a year on crime fighting.
A massive 95 percent of Rotterdam residents feel that homelessness in the city is a major problem that needs to be addressed better, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. Almost half of them are willing to contribute financially to help improve the lives of the homeless
In August unemployment in the Netherlands dropped to its lowest rate since August 2012, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday. Last month 521 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed. That is 5.8 percent of the workforce, compared to 6 percent in July.
Greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands was five percent higher in 2015 than in 2014, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Monday.
The number of people in the Netherlands dying of cancer is steadily decreasing. Over the past three decades, the number of cancer deaths in men decreased by a third, according to Statistics Netherlands. A steady decline in cancer deaths in women started in the 50's, though the decline is less significant due to an increase in women suffering from lung cancer.
Job opportunities for temporary workers and freelancers increased by 2.9 percent in the second quarter, compared to the first quarter of this year, Statistics Netherlands said on Wednesday. This involves an increase in hours on both short- and long-term contracts.
The number of welfare recipients rose again in the second quarter of 2016. At the end of June a total of 463 thousand people in the Netherlands below retirement age were on welfare, 21 thousand more than the year before, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday.
The confidence of industry producers in the Netherlands decreased significantly this month, according to Statistics Netherlands. In August producers' confidence amounted to 1.2 on the statistics office's scale, compared to 5.1 in July - the biggest drop in confidence in five years.
Last year the number of children growing up in families on welfare benefits increased from 223 thousand to 226 thousand, an increase of 1.3 percent, according to Statistics Netherlands. The statistics office attributes the increase mainly to Syrian refugees now living in the country.
Three quarters of Dutch children under the age of three years attended some form of daycare in 2014, thereby putting the Netherlands at the head of Europe with most toddlers in daycare, Statistics Netherlands reports.
Prices for existing homes in the Netherlands increased by 4.9 percent in July, the biggest price increase in almost 12 years, according to Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry.
The tourism sector is playing an increasingly prominent role in the Dutch economy, according to Statistics Netherlands. Last year tourism spending in the Netherlands amounted to 72,7 billion euros. Growing 5 percent for the second consecutive year.
There was a sharp drop in unemployment among 25- to 30-year-olds over the past two years, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. In this age group unemployment fell from 7.3 percent in the second quarter of 2014 to 5 percent in the last quarter of 2015. Though the unemployment rate is still highest among 25- to 45-year-olds.
The Dutch cabinet wants to repair the purchasing power of elderly people and people living on welfare benefits, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Friday. "We want the elderly and people depending on benefits to also come out above zero and not lag behind the rest of the Netherlands, Dijsselbloem said
Kids with overweight parents are more likely to be overweight themselves than children whose parents have normal weights, according to the Health/Lifestyle Monitor by Statistics Netherlands and public health organization RIVM.
In the second quarter of this year the Dutch economy grew by 0.6 percent compared to the previous quarter, continuing its steady growth for nine quarters in a row, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday in its first calculations.
Most of the young people living in the Netherlands are satisfied with their lives - 90 percent of 12 to 25 year olds indicated that they were generally happy and content in a survey Statistics Netherlands did among 4 thousand young people last year.
For the second quarter in a row, there was a decrease in unemployment among workers aged 55 years and older in the Netherlands, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
Some 70 percent of freelancers who work less than 12 hours a week are satisfied with the hours they work. The other 30 percent would like more hours, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.
More and more new Dutch fathers are making use of their paternity leave, though the number that do is still relatively small. Over the past decade the percentage almost doubled, according to figures BNR requested from Statistic Netherlands.
Couples living in so-called VINEX neighborhoods split up less often than couples who live elsewhere in the Netherlands, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. Contrary to popular belief, VINEX couples stay together for longer.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, products and services in the Netherlands were cheaper than in the month before. In July inflation fell to minus 0.3 percent, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday.