Dutch news in brief, 25 August 2005

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Netherlands second for minimum wage

Netherlands second for minimum wage

The Netherlands has the second-highest minimum wage in the European Union. A report published by statistics agency Eurostat on Thursday said the Dutch minimum wage was EUR 1,265 per month on 1 January 2005 based on European definitions. This puts the Netherlands second only to Luxemburg's rate of EUR 1,467 in the list of EU countries. Latvia has the lowest minimum wage in the EU of EUR 145. When purchasing power is factored in Belgium passes the Netherlands. Although the minimum wage in Belgium is EUR 1,210, this amount can buy more than in the Netherlands.

Dispute over marriage record

Several municipalities are wrangling over the title of the longest married couple in the Netherlands. In recent weeks the names of different couples have been mentioned in the media. Oldenzaal in Overijssel Province is the latest district to claim the title on behalf of  100-year-old Harry der Ende-Mensink and his wife Cor, aged 97. They will have been married for 78 years on 28 September. "They have been together longer than the other record holders named in the media," a spokesperson for Oldenzaal said on Thursday 
The couple still live independently and their 72-year-old daughter helps around the house.

Telegraaf launches Caribbean edition

Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' is launching a Caribbean edition for the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. From 1 September the biggest selling daily in the Netherlands will be on sale on Aruba and the Antillean islands of Curaçao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba seven days a week.

50 Cents coming to Rotterdam

With or without fellow rapper Eminem, 50 Cent and G-Unit are coming to the Netherlands, concert promoter Mojo said on Thursday. 50 Cent and his group will play a concert in the Ahoy complex in Rotterdam on 11 November. 50 Cents was to be a guest at Eminem's Rotterdam gig but Eminem has cancelled his European tour to battle his addiction to sleeping pills. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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