Dutch news in brief, 4 February 2005

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Public banks on the Internet, The Dutch public would rather not have to deal with bank tellers and prefers to conduct financial affairs over the internet, according to research by IT company BT. More than any other Europeans, the Dutch have switched to internet banking, with 37 percent of consumers logging on to conduct their day-to-day transactions. On the other hand, Dutch people prefer to purchase goods in a shop, rather than buy items over the Internet, BT said.

Public banks on the Internet

The Dutch public would rather not have to deal with bank tellers and prefers to conduct financial affairs over the internet, according to research by IT company BT. More than any other Europeans, the Dutch have switched to internet banking, with 37 percent of consumers logging on to conduct their day-to-day transactions. On the other hand, Dutch people prefer to purchase goods in a shop, rather than buy items over the Internet, BT said.

60pc approval rating for Netherlands

Six out of 10 Dutch people are proud of the Netherlands, according to a survey carried out by MijnOpinie.nl. Some 1,135 people, aged 18 to 65, took part in the poll that revealed Christian Democrat supporters are particularly proud of the country, with a 76 percent approval rating among that group. Some 70 percent of supporters of the Liberal Party (VVD) feel the same way about the country. Sixty percent of Labour Party (PvdA) followers are proud of the Netherlands, but only 42 percent of the following of the  populist LPF feel that way. Socialist Party supporters came in last, with only 40 percent expressing pride in their native land.

NS raises EUR 400,000 for tsunami appeal

Dutch rail NS has raised EUR 400,000 to help the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. Part of the money will go directly to the national appeal account Giro 555 and the rest will be used to help reconstruct damaged rail lines. NS is also offering its expertise to rail companies in the region to get their trains running again.

Hindus build prayer tower in Den Helder

The Hindu community Sri Varatharaja Selvavinayagar is to build a 15-metre high prayer tower in Den Helder, according to local government official Robbert Waltmann. The tower is a replica of a thousand-year-old structure in India and is the second of its type in Europe. The other one is in the Germany city Hamm, where it is used by Hindus to orientate their prayer.

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