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1 Dutch unemployment lowest in 10 years

The Dutch unemployment rate fell to 5.4% in the final quarter of 2016, the lowest level in 10 years, national statistics agency CBS said on Thursday.

2 Tulip production op to 2 billion pieces

The tulip production will most likely surpass the 2 billion tulips for the first time which is expected by the Royal Society for Flower Bulbs (KAVB). According to the trade organization, the foreign demand for this known flower will have a steady increase of demand. Last year, the production reached the amount of 1.9 billion tulips and about ten years ago it was only around one billion.

3 Embassy closed

On 26 December and 2 January the embassy will be closed

4 Dutch retailers expect a turnover record around Christmas time

Consumer purchases during the Christmas period are expected to push retail sales to a record 840 million euro, sector organization Detailhandel Nederland said last Sunday.

5 Fact finding mission of the Netherlands Water Partnership taking place in Slovenia

From Monday 12 December until Wednesday 14 December morning, Winfried Pietersen and Inge de Weerd from the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) visit Slovenia as part of their fact finding mission to the Balkan region to find opportunities for the Dutch Water Sector.

6 Dijsselbloem: key task ahead is to reconnect the freedoms that Europe offers with stability, security and opportunity

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch minister of Finance and Eurogroup President, gave a speech at the Europe Calling! Summit on 9 December 2016 in Maastricht. This summit commemorated the 25-year anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty: the start of the European Union and the euro. “The key task ahead of us is to reconnect the freedoms that Europe offers with stability, security and opportunity,” said Dijsselbloem.

7 Amsterdam ranks 3rd in European Digital City Index 2016

Amsterdam appears in the top 3 for both startups and scale-ups in the European Digital City Index (EDCi) 2016. Amsterdam is considered an exciting and diverse city, and this adds to its allure as one of the best places in Europe to start a business.

8 Orange the World: Stop Violence Against Women

The annual international “16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence” campaign runs from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). It symbolically links violence against women and human rights and emphasizes that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also includes other significant dates such as November 29 (International Women Human Rights Defenders Day) and December 1 (World AIDS Day) and exists since 1991.

9 Dutch Economy Grows with 0.7 percent

Investments and a slight increase in export among others causes the growth. Also consumers have spent more money.

10 National Climate Change Conference 2016 leads to significant reduction in CO2

During the National Climate Change Conference 2016, representatives from the business community, authorities and NGOs set down agreements aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by a total of 17.6 megatons. This was the finding of a study conducted by Ecofys. The reduction equates to 9 percent of total emissions in the Netherlands, which in turn is the equivalent of the CO2 emitted by 2.2 million households, or 7 million passenger cars. The conference is an initiative of Dutch Environment Minister Dijksma.