Unemployment in the Netherlands continues to fall. In February a total of 367 thousand people were unemployed, 4.1 percent of the working population. In January it was 4.2 percent. Over the past three months, the number of unemployed people in the Netherlands fell by 10 thousand per month, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
The suburbs around the large cities in the Netherlands have relatively many residents with a high income, while the median income in the cities themselves are largely lower than the national average, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Tuesday.
The Netherlands is the second best country in Europe when it comes to workers keeping their knowledge level up to standard with courses, training, workshops and conferences. More than half of employed people between 25 and 65 follow a work-related course during his or her career, according to the Adult Education Survey conducted by Statistics Netherlands on behalf of European stats office Eurostat.
Last year the Netherlands generated 10 percent more energy from renewable sources than in the year before, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. Despite this increase, the Netherlands is still far from its goal to be CO2-neutral by 2050.
Housing prices in the Netherlands were 8.8 percent higher in January than in the same month last year, the highest increase in 16 years, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Wednesday.
The prices of existing homes in the country have been increasing steadily since June 2013. Housing prices are now at about the same level as in January 2008.
Compared to the housing market peak in June 2008, the current housing prices are still 2 percent lower. Compared to the low point on the market in June 2013, the current prices are around 25 percent higher.
In the fourth quarter of 2017 the number of jobs in the Netherlands increased by 57 thousand, the number of vacancies rose by 14 thousand and the number of unemployed people in the country decreased by 29 thousand. These are the strongest labor figures the Netherlands has seen since the financial crisis, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday based on the latest quarterly figures on the labor market.
The Dutch economy grew by 3.1 percent in 2017, the strongest growth in 10 years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
In the last quarter of 2017, the economy's growth decreased somewhat, but was still strong at 2.9 percent compared to the last quarter of 2016. Compared to the third quarter of 2017, the GDP grew by 0.8 percent.
Investments and exports in particular contributed to economic growth in the fourth quarter. Household consumption decreased somewhat, but the industry grew more.
Women are slightly more likely to suffer from burnout symptoms than men, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and TNO. Young women between the ages of 25 and 35 most often suffer psychological fatigue from work.
The cheapest homes in the Netherlands could be bought in Delfzijl last year, at an average price of 141,600 euros for a home. Bloemendaal was most expensive at 775.800 euros per home on average, over five times more expensive than in Delfzijl. The national average was 263 thousand euros per house, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
The average wealth of Dutch households increased by almost 10 percent in 2016, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday based on new figures. This is mainly due to increasing house prices. Dutch without their own home did not see a wealth increase in that year, according to the stats office.
Nearly three in five households owned their home in 2016. An owned home formed the largest part of household's assets at 57 percent, followed by savings. Mortgage was also the largest debt item of Dutch households that year, making up 86 percent of the average household's debt.
Over 76.2 million people traveled through the five large airports in the Netherlands last year, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. That is a significant increase compared to 2016, when 70.3 million travelers arrived or departed at Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde and Maastricht Aachen Airport.
Four out of the five large airports handled more passengers in each quarter of 2017 than a year earlier. Only Maastricht Aachen saw a decline.
Despite steadily decreasing since 2014, unemployment in the Netherlands is still higher than it was before the financial crisis hit in 2008, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. Unemployment among men between the ages of 25 and 45 years is currently more than three times as high as it was at the start of the crisis.
The population of the Netherlands hit 17.2 million officially registered residents at the turn of the new year, an increase of 100 thousand from a year earlier. That gain is similar to figures released at the beginning of 2017, government office Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Tuesday.
The airports in the Netherlands have a record summer behind them. In total 22.2 million people traveled through the Dutch airports in the third quarter, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the summer of 2016, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
Unemployment in the Netherlands continues to steadily decline. In November 4.4 percent of the labor force was unemployed, compared to 4.5 percent in October. That amounts to 397 thousand unemployed people, dropping below the 400 thousand mark for the first time since August 2009, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
The Dutch population will continue to grow in the coming decades to over 18.4 million people by 2060, according to the latest prognosis by Statistics Netherlands. The 18 millionth inhabitant is expected in 2031. By 2040 almost a quarter of the Dutch population will be elderly, and by 2060 just over a third will have their roots in the outside world, according to the stats office.
Couples who live together, especially those without children, are the most often prosperous and most satisfied and healthy people in the Netherlands. Older people, single people and especially single parents with young children score less well on these factors, according to Statistics Netherlands' quality of life study for 2017.
Monday's heavy snowfall, and the problems in traffic and productivity it caused, cost the Dutch economy around 35 million euros, according to calculations by the Economic Research Foundation and Statistics Netherlands chief economist Peter Hein van Mulligen, BNR reports.
If there is a whole business day in which no work is done in a quarter, like when Christmas falls on a week day, it costs the Netherlands' GDP 0.2 to 0.3 percent of growth, Van Mulligen said to the broadcaster. That amounts to 350 million euros the Netherlands' economy loses out on.
Employers in technology, healthcare and education will have an increasingly difficult task filling vacancies in the coming years, according to the University of Maastricht's research center for education and labor market RAO. Over the next five years, the number of jobs in the Netherlands is expected to grow by 520 thousand, with the largest number of vacancies expected to be in technology and healthcare, according to the researchers, NOS reports.
A massive 85 percent of young adults in the Netherlands were happy with their social life and their life in general last year, Statistics Netherlands reports based no the Annual Report of the National Youth Monitor. With that the proportion of satisfied young people is about equal to the proportion of all adult Dutch that are happy with their lives.
The youth monitor surveyed around 4 thousand young people between the ages of 18 ad 25 years. On average, people in this age group give their lives a score of 7.6.
For a short time during the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Netherlands' population counter stood at 17,171,717, Statistics Netherlands announced.
The stats office's population counter is based on information from municipalities, which includes no names. So the 17,171,717th resident can not be traced. The counter is also an estimate, which means that it is not necessarily true that the 17,171,717th resident became a resident of the Netherlands at exactly 00:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Dutch people increasingly shop online, according to Statistics Netherlands. The online purchase of food products in particular increased sharply.
This year 76 percent of Dutch aged 12 and older made at least one online purchase, compared to 73 percent last year. Dutch consumers also buy online more often. Clothing is most often bought online, with 52 percent of Dutch having purchased clothing online at least once this year. Tickets to events come in second place with 45 percent.
The number of foreign tourists visiting the Netherlands grew by 5.5 percent to more than 15.8 million last year, according to a report by Statistics Netherlands and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The tourism growth is stronger in the Netherlands than in most other European countries.
World wide tourism grew by an average of 4.8 percent per year since 2008. Last year the number of tourists worldwide grew by 3.9 percent to more than 1.2 billion. Asia and Oceania and Africa are particularly benefiting from the growth, while Europe's growth was more variable.
Existing home prices in the Netherlands increased by 8.2 percent in October, compared to the same month last year - the biggest increase since early in 2002, according to Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry.
Housing prices in the Netherlands have been steadily rising since June 2013. The average price level of existing homes in October 2017, was at the same level as in May 2007. October's housing prices were still 4 percent lower than the price peak in August 2008, and 22 percent higher than the housing market low point in June 2013.