Netherlands Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia


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1 Entrepreneurship in Slovenia: the Netherlands as example?

In Slovenia, entrepreneurship – or the lack of it – is a hot issue. Therefore, the Netherlands Embassy in Ljubljana organised a round table conversation about 'Dutch Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Business Culture' on 15 February. The organisation was in cooperation with the Slovene Dutch Business Platform. A panel of Slovenes and expats discussed what Slovenia and the Netherlands can learn from each other, in front of a public of over 80 people.

2 Dutch speed skating team very successful in South Korea

Both the men and women of the Dutch team delivered a great performance at the world speed skating championships. During the four days of races, they won eight gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals.

3 Koenders launches International Cyber Strategy

Today, foreign minister Bert Koenders outlined his conviction that the Netherlands needs to be resilient in the digital age. In a letter to parliament, he submitted his plans for an International Cyber Strategy.

4 Prime Minister Rutte receives Smart City Strategy

Dutch cities, companies and scientists have cooperated to come to a National Smart City Strategy. Prime Minister Mark Rutte had asked for this.

5 Global centre of excellence on climate change will be located in the Netherlands

The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment will lead the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in The Netherlands. Today, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment signed a Statement of Intent together with global partners of the new project. The Centre will address the growing need for support among countries, institutions and businesses for dealing with climate change adaptation issues, such as natural disasters and economic disruptions.

6 Embassy closed

The embassy will be closed on 8 February.

7 Over 11,000 extra jobs in the Netherlands due to foreign investors

In 2016, 350 foreign investors provided for 11,398 extra jobs in the Netherlands.

8 Ambassadors back in Netherlands for annual gathering

From 30 January to 2 February, the Netherlands’ ambassadors, consuls-general and permanent representatives to international organisations will be back in the country for the annual Ambassadors Conference. They will use this time to strengthen their ties with the Netherlands’ political and business leaders, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations.

9 Agri & Food exports achieve record high in 2016

The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost 94 billion euros, compared to 90 billion in 2015.

10 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.