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Tourism increasingly important part of Dutch economy

    Tourism increasingly important part of Dutch economyPhoto: DutchNews.nl

    Tourism is an increasingly important part of the Dutch economy, accounting for 3.9% of GDP last year, a 25% rise on 2010, national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

    In total, tourists spent €76m in the Netherlands last year, up 4% on 2015, the CBS said.

    Spending on hotels, museums and souvenirs by foreign tourists was up 7%

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    Summer is over: schools go back in the central school break region

      Summer is over: schools go back in the central school break regionPhoto: Depositphotos.com

      The schools go back in the central school region on Monday against a backdrop of teacher shortages and the ongoing dispute over primary school teacher pay.

      Princess Alexia, second daughter of king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima is among the thousands of pupils starting secondary school this year. Like her older sister

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      Fewer people convicted of human trafficking ‘as police focus shifts’

        Fewer people convicted of human trafficking ‘as police focus shifts’ The number of people in the Netherlands found guilty of human trafficking went down 25% last year, the NRC said on Monday.

        In 2015, 139 people were jailed for human trafficking offences, around the same as in 2014. But last year, the total number of successful prosecutions fell to 103, the paper said, quoting figures from the Dutch law society.

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        Utrecht poised to bring in tough rules on middle sector rents

          Utrecht poised to bring in tough rules on middle sector rentsPhoto: Depositphotos.com

          Utrecht city council is planning to introduce tough new rules for rental properties up to €950 a month, despite the objections of developers and housing market experts, the Financieele Dagblad said on Monday.

          The paper says the city’s executive board wants to make sure that the rent for new properties priced at between €710 a

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          Price of milk and butter soars but dairy is only 14% of average food bill

            Price of milk and butter soars but dairy is only 14% of average food bill The price of dairy products in the Netherlands has soared 10% over the past year – the highest increase in 10 years – the national statistics office CBS said at the weekend.

            Full-cream milk and butter, for example, cost 35% more than a year ago, while semi-skimmed milk is 25% more expensive. Cheese is up by an average of 7%. The price of yoghurt,

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            Dutch exports to Britain fall in 2017 first half, rise to rest of EU

              Dutch exports to Britain fall in 2017 first half, rise to rest of EURotterdam docks. Photo: VDW via Depositphotos.com

              Dutch exports to Britain fell 2% in the first six months of this year compared with the year earlier period, according to new trade figures from national statistics office CBS.

              By contrast, Dutch exports to the rest of the European Union were up 11% on the first half of 2016. In 2015 and 2016,

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              Football leading lights call for a ban on artificial turf in Eredivisie

                Artificial turf Some of the leading lights in Dutch football have urged the Dutch football association to ban clubs from playing on artificial turf in the Eredivisie.

                The initiative has been taken by four former Oranje captains: Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Ruud Gullit and Mark van Bommel. In total, 100 coaches, trainers, former players and internationals have

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                Farmers warned not to use Aa river water after pollution incident

                  Farmers warned not to use Aa river water after pollution incidentThe Aa river at Beek en Donk in Brabant. Photo: Jan Weijers, Helmond via Wikimedia Commons

                  Farmers whose land borders the Aa river in the east of Brabant have been told not to use river water on their fields and as drinking water for animals because of a serious pollution incident involving toxic ammonium.

                  The source of the pollution has been traced

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                  Investigation into top civil servant boy rapes claim ends, no charges

                    A gavel in a courtroom.Photo: Depositphotos

                    A criminal investigation into rape charges against a top civil servant has failed to turn up any evidence him and the case has now been dropped.

                    The decision brings to an end 10 years of legal wrangling about whether Joris Demmink, former director general of the justice ministry, raped two boys in Turkey in the late 1990s.

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