The number of unemployed people in the Netherlands increased in the third quarter, compared to the previous quarter, for the first time in 5.5 years, according to Statistics Netherlands. In the third quarter there were 319 thousand unemployed people, 14 thousand more than in the second quarter. The unemployment rate rose from 3.3 percent to 3.4 percent.
Men are overrepresented in the highest level of two thirds of professional groups in the Netherlands. The remaining one third of professions which count more women in the top are mainly in the care and welfare sector, and in education, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
Modern cattle stables emit more nitrogen than was assumed in calculation models, Statistics Netherlands found in a study that analyzed manure samples to compare the nitrogen content with the values in an international calculation model. The researchers found a lower than expected amount of nitrogen in the manure, which could mean that the nitrogen was released into the air, Trouw reports.
Internationally, the Netherlands has a relatively low percentage of smokers, according to figures from the OECD publication Health at a glance 2019 that Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday. The percentage of daily smokers in the Netherlands fell from 23 percent in 2007 to 17 percent in 2017, just under the 18 percent average in OECD countries.
The number of marriages that last 50 or 60 years in the Netherlands is increasing. More couples celebrated their gold and diamond anniversaries last year, thanks to the high number of marriages in the 60s and 70s combined with the increasing life expectancy, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
The number of ruby or emerald (40 years), silver (25 years) and copper (12.5 years) wedding anniversaries, on the other hand, are decreasing. According to the stats office, this has to do with fewer marriages and more divorces after the 1970s.
A new forecast by Statistics Netherlands on the life expectancy of 65-year-old Netherlands residents shows that in 2025 they will still have around 20.75 years to live, half a week more than the previous forecast. The life expectancy is a month more in 2025 than in 2024.
The state retirement age is linked to these life expectancy figures. As the difference between the life expectancy in 2024 and 2025 is small at only a month, it seems unlikely that the retirement age will increase in 2025, according to NRC. Retirement age will reach the age of 67 for the first time in 2024.
In the first three quarters of this year, the population of the Netherlands grew by 102 thousand inhabitants. That is 23 thousand more than in the same period last year, and about as many as in the whole of 2018, Statistics Netherlands reported based on provisional figures.
Up to and including September, a total of 208 thousand immigrants settled in the Netherlands, and 121 thousand emigrants moved away. That brings the migration balance to 87 thousand Netherlands residents, almost 20 thousand higher than in the same period last year.
Last year Dutch municipalities collected an average of 494 kilograms of household waste per Netherlands inhabitant, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. Households in the very urban areas produced less waste for municipalities to collect than rural households, 419 kilograms and 582 kilograms per inhabitant respectively.
Trade unions in the Netherlands lost 101 thousand members over the past two years, the fourth largest fall since the start of this measurement in 1901. Union membership is now at its lowest level since 1988, Statistics Netherlands reports.
At the end of March this year, 1.6 million people were members of a trade union, a 6 percent decrease compared to 2017. Both male and female membership decreased by around 6 percent, to 984 thousand male members and 618 thousand female members.
Big businesses in the Netherlands paid significantly less taxes between 2008 and 2017. The so-called tax burden, the tax that large companies actually pay, decreased from 22.9 percent to 17.1 percent in the past year, while the rates have not changed, Statistics Netherlands concluded in a study commissioned by the parliamentary committee on finance.
Last year 13 thousand homes were created by transforming existing buildings, such as vacant offices, schools and shops. That is nearly 14 percent of all the new homes that were built last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. Amsterdam created most of these 'transformation homes' in the past six years, followed by Eindhoven and The Hague.
Men earn more than women in the Netherlands, no matter the sexual orientation. Of all registered cohabiting couples in the country, gay couples earn the most. The primary income - joint income from work or enterprise - of hetero couples is in second place, followed by the primary income of lesbian couples in a close third, according to a Statistics Netherlands analysis.
In the coming years, the construction backlog on the number of homes in the Netherlands will be partially made up, according to a forecast by Statistics Netherlands and the Netherlands environmental assessment agency PBL. But it will likely not be enough to eliminate the existing housing shortage completely, the Telegraaf reports.
The majority of Dutch who fall victim to an online scam don't report it to the police or their banks, largely because they considered the money they lost too little for the hassle, according to a study Statistics Netherlands did with the police.
Students in the Netherlands more often take out higher loans to fund their studies, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. This year the total amount of study debt in the country amounts to 19.3 billion euros, 1.9 billion euros more than last year. This year 1.4 million people have study debt to their name, 388 thousand more than early 2015.
In 2015 the student loan system replaced the basic study grant. Since then the number of students who borrow money increased, and the amounts they borrow rose faster than before.
A large part of the Dutch population want people with an unhealthy lifestyle to pay more for their health insurance, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands. 52 percent of Dutch want smokers to have a higher premium for the basic health insurance package. So do 20 percent of smokers themselves, RTL Nieuws reports.
41 percent said that heavy drinkers should pay more for health insurance. 20 percent want the same for people who do not exercise enough. And a quarter of Dutch think that overweight people should have higher premiums.
The number of people killed in a crime in the Netherlands last year decreased by a quarter compared to 2017. Last year 119 people were victims of murder or manslaughter, 39 fewer than in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Of the 119 victims, 19 did not live in the Netherlands.
Existing homes in the Netherlands were 5.7 percent more expensive in August than in the same month last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. While home prices are still on the rise, the increases seem to be slowing down. August's increase was the lowest in nearly three years.
In August, the average price for an existing home was 316,183 euros. That is 5.7 percent more than the average of 309,686 euros in August 2018.
Last year more Dutch were dissatisfied with the homes they live in than the years before, Statistics Netherlands said on Friday. Especially tenants were less happy with their homes, but homeowners were also more dissatisfied. Though the vast majority of Dutch are happy with the home they live in.
Passenger car use is on the rise in the Netherlands, with drivers using the vehicles to travel a record 121.4 billion kilometers in 2018. Electric vehicles accounted for just 0.5 percent of the total, with petrol vehicles used the most followed by diesel then LPG models, said national data office Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
There were twice as many all-electric vehicles on the roadways in 2018 compared to a year earlier, which accounted for a doubling of that category’s driving distance.
The official valuations of Dutch homes, called the WOZ value in the Netherlands, increased for the fourth consecutive year. On January 1st, the average home in the Netherlands was worth 248 thousand euros, 7.8 percent more than in 2018. That is both the highest price ever and the biggest increase in years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
By 2035 the population of the Netherlands will count 18.3 million people, 1 million more than in 2019, according to Statistics Netherlands and the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL. Most of the population growth will happen in the large and medium-sized cities, and the municipalities around them. But 1 in 5 municipalities will also shrink, especially on the edges of the Netherlands.
Last year 17.4 percent of the Dutch population lived alone, compared to 15.7 percent in 2008, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. The percentage of single-person households increased in all age groups except among people in their 70s and 80s.
Rents in the Netherlands continue to rise. In July, the average rents were 2.5 percent higher than in the same month last year. The highest increases happened in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
The rents of social housing owned by housing corporations increased by 2 percent. Rents for social housing owned by other landlords and rents in free-sector housing both increased by 3.3 percent. In all three categories, the rents increased more than last year.