Dutch news in brief, 31 October 2005

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Putin's visit on television, National news service NOS will broadcast portions of the two-day state visit by Russian president Vladimir Putin live on television. Channel Nederland 2 will show the arrival of Putin and his wife at Schiphol Airport from 12.55pm on Tuesday. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Crown-Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, will greet them. Later in the day, NOS will broadcast a press conference with Putin and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

Putin's visit on television

National news service NOS will broadcast portions of the two-day state visit by Russian president Vladimir Putin live on television. Channel Nederland 2 will show the arrival of Putin and his wife at Schiphol Airport from 12.55pm on Tuesday. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Crown-Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, will greet them. Later in the day, NOS will broadcast a press conference with Putin and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

National debt hits EUR 228bn

The national debt in the Netherlands reached EUR 228 billion half way through 2005. That is EUR 13 billion more than a year earlier, the statistics agency CBS said on Monday. The national debt was EUR 28 billion lower in 2003 than in 2005. The CBS blamed higher deficits at State and local government levels for the increase. The national debt declined between 2000 and 2003.

Second mildest October

An average temperature of 13.3 degrees makes this October the second mildest October since 1901. Only October 2001, with an average of 14.2 degrees, was warmer, the weather agency KNMI said. The last 10 days of October 2005 were unique. The average temperature between 21 to 31 October was 14.3 degrees, with average maximum and minimum temperatures of 17.7 degrees and 11.3 degrees respectively - the warmest period in the month of October for about a century. The average temperature for October has long been 10.3 degrees.

ABN Amro's profits rise

ABN Amro, Holland's biggest lender, reported a 35 percent increase in third-quarter earnings on Monday.  ABN reported a profit of EUR 1.2 billion (USD 1.46 billion), compared with EUR 892 million in the same quarter last year. The results were lifted by the sale of the private banking unit Nachenius, Tjeenk & Co. to BNP Paribas and Brazilian insurance operations Real Seguros. Teh results exceeded analysts' profit predictions of EUR 781 million, Dow Jones reported.  

Pumpkins sell well for Halloween

Although the number of Halloween parties in the Netherlands has declined, the sale of pumpkins has risen sharply, Dutch pumpkin sellers said. Pumpkins were sold in special Halloween boxes in the run up to the festival in the Netherlands. Most of the pumpkins were grown in France and underwent a special selection process. A Halloween pumpkin should weigh about 2 kilos — any heavier and children won't be able to handle them.

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