The number of flexible employees in the Netherlands increased by three quarters, from 1.1 million to 2 million, over the past 15 years, Statistics Netherlands and TNO report. The number of freelancers, also referred to as self-employed in the Netherlands, grew from over 630 thousand in 2003 to 1.1 million last year.
In some 70 percent of the 63 thousand marriages in the Netherlands in 2017, the man was older than the woman, Statistics Netherlands reports. In most cases the age difference is small, but in over 2 thousand marriages the groom was at least 15 years older than his bride. Brides being that much older than their grooms rarely happens in the Netherlands, according to the stats office.
In January Dutch consumers paid 2.2 percent more for goods and services than the same month last year - the biggest price increase since September 2013, Statistics Netherlands reports. According to the stats office, the increase of the low VAT rate put upward pressure on the prices of food, books and public transport, among other things.
The total number of crimes registered by the Dutch police in 2018 decreased by 6 percent compared to the year before, Statistics Netherlands reports. The number of sex crimes, however, is on the rise.
The police registered almost 9 thousand sexual offenses like rape, sexual harassment or -assault last year, compared to 8,400 in 2017. The number of rape reports increased from 1,200 in 2014 to 1,900 last year. And the number of sexual assault reports increased from 1,700 in 2015 to 2,400 last year.
Over 700 thousand Dutch adults faced domestic violence at least once over the past five years. And more than 100 thousand children in the Netherlands are abused each year, according to an extensive and long term study by scientific research and documentation center WODC, the Volkskrant reports.
Last year 6 percent of Dutch aged 12 or older said that they never use the internet. That amounts to about 886 thousand people, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. In 2012 some 10 percent of the Dutch population said they never use the internet.
The number of unemployed people in the Netherlands decreased to 326 thousand in November. That means that 3.5 percent of the Dutch labor force are unemployed, slightly lower than before the outbreak of the financial crisis at the end of 2008, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
Statistics Netherlands considers someone to be unemployed if he or she does not have paid work, is actively looking for work, and is available to start immediately. Over the past three months the number of unemployed people declined by an average of 9 thousand per month.
Some 856 thousand Dutch employees are not building up a pension, according to a study Statistics Netherlands did on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. That amounts to 13 percent of all Dutch employees. Previously the Ministry estimated that only 4 percent of employees are not saving for retirement, RTL Z reports.
The correct education level for girls in the Netherlands are more often estimated lower in their school advice than that of boys. In the 2017/2018 school year, girls were more often at a higher school level in the third class of secondary education than their school advice said. Boys less often did better than their teachers had expected, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
The number of Dutch people living in poverty decreased from 1.2 million in 2013 to almost 1 million in 2016, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. The SCP attributes the decline to the improvement of the Dutch economy after 2013, NOS reports.
Women in the Netherlands still earn less than their male counterparts, but the wage gap is slowly decreasing, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
According to the stats office, the wage gap can partly be attributed to background characteristics like age, education and experience, but not completely. Statistics Netherlands was hesitant to say whether the rest of the gap is due to gender based discrimination.
Economic growth in the Netherlands dropped considerably in the third quarter. Compared to the second quarter, the economy grew by only 0.2 percent between start July and end September - the lowest quarterly growth in the past two years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
Between 2015 and 2017 eight percent of Dutch 12 to 25-year-olds were psychologically unhealthy, according to Statistics Netherlands' health survey. More than a third of this group suffered from depression in preceding year. Ten years ago 7 percent of Dutch young people were psychologically unhealthy.
Immigration is still the driving force behind the growth of the Dutch population. In the first three quarters of this year, the Dutch population grew by 81 thousand people, according to preliminary figures by Statistics Netherlands. Nearly 70 thousand of that growth was thanks to immigration. The rest was natural accrual - 11 thousand more babies were born than people died.
For the first time in the Netherlands' history, fewer Dutch are religious than those who aren't, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. Last year 49 percent of Dutch aged 15 or older indicated they belonged to a religious group, 51 percent are not religious.
In 2016 the Dutch population was evenly split - 50 percent religious, 50 percent not religious. In 2012, 54 percent of Dutch belonged to a religious group.
Slightly more than half of Dutch young people between the ages of 15 and 25 do volunteer work, and more than half are also active in an association, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands' Social Cohesion and Wellbeing study.
Existing owner-occupied homes in the Netherlands were 9.3 percent more expensive in August than in the same month last year, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Friday. The price increase was higher in August than in previous months.
Almost half, 46 percent, of the Dutch population saw their purchasing power decrease last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. The purchasing power developments varied considerably in 2017. For a fifth of the population, purchasing power decreased by at least 7 percent. Another fifth saw their purchasing power increase by 10.9 percent.
The number of millionaires in the Netherlands keeps growing. In 2016 the country counted 112 thousand millionaire households, the highest number since this annual study started in 2006, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
Last year CO2 emissions in the Netherlands were at the same level as in 1990, Statistics Netherlands reported. Though the emission of other greenhouse gasses - methane, nitrous oxide and F-gasses - halved in that period. The total greenhouse gas emissions were 13 percent lower in 2017 than in 1990.
A total of 163 billion kilograms of CO2 were emitted in the Netherlands last year, about the same as in 1990. Though the stats office points out that the sectors that produce greenhouse gasses have grown considerably since 1990.
The life expectancy for Dutch boys and girls born between 2011 and 2016 increased by six months to 81.5 years, Statistics Netherlands reported. That is a lower increased compared to the previous periods.
Life expectancy increases are also slowing down in the rest of Europe. On average, people in the European Union are expected to live to the age of 81 years, ten months older than in the previous 5 year period.
For the first time in five years, the number of people killed by murder or manslaughter in the Netherlands increased. Last year 158 people were killed in a crime, 50 more than in 2016, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
Ten years after the outbreak of the credit crisis, the average selling prices of existing owner-occupied homes in the Netherlands are back on the level of 2008. Though the recovery can mainly be seen in the Randstad area. Prices in the big cities are now far above the 2008 level. But in many places outside the Randstad, house prices are still lower than before the crisis, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
Of the workers who left the construction sector after the economic crisis in 2008, only 15 percent returned to the sector before 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Many found work in another industry. Another part retired or passed away in the meantime.
Staff shortages increased significantly in construction over the past years. In addition to material shortage, the need for construction workers is seen as the main obstacle to growth in the sector, according to the stats office.