Dutch news in brief, 7 July 2006

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Housing market picking up, Supply is greater than demand in the housing market, Dutch real estate association (NVM) said on Friday. The NVM sees this as an omen that the market is picking up. But many homeowners still want to sell their property first before buying a new house. This is a sign, the NVM said, that further adjustment in the market is needed. Then people will be happier to buy a house in the knowledge that their current property can be sold reasonable quickly. House prices rose on average 1.7

Housing market picking up

Supply is greater than demand in the housing market, Dutch real estate association (NVM) said on Friday. The NVM sees this as an omen that the market is picking up. But many homeowners still want to sell their property first before buying a new house. This is a sign, the NVM said, that further adjustment in the market is needed. Then people will be happier to buy a house in the knowledge that their current property can be sold reasonable quickly. House prices rose on average 1.7 percent in the second quarter, or 4.7 percent on an annual basis.

Fewer than expected uninsured

Some 182,000 people, 1.1 percent of the population,  were without health insurance on 1 May this year, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Friday. Some critics of the new healthcare system warned last year that the figure would be nearer 250,000. But the CBS report for the Ministry of Health does not include illegal immigrants, cross-border workers and Dutch people living abroad.   

Dutch-Belgian bid for World Cup

Belgian Francophone Senator Alain Courtois has come out in support of the idea of a joint bid by Belgium and the Netherlands to host the World Cup in 2018. He said the bid is "a realistic dream". He said the toughest competition to host the championship would come from Spain. However, talk has also opened up in Australia about a possible 'down under' bid for the 2018 World Cup.

Bridge jumpers land on boat

Two teenagers who jumped off a bridge in Honselersdijk, South Holland province got a shock on Thursday. Instead of the refreshing water, they landed on a passing boat. One of the teenagers suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital. The boat was also damaged. Bridge jumping is a constant problem for inland cargo vessels and pleasure craft during the summer.

'Bring back guilder'

Nostalgia for the guilder currency is increasing in the Netherlands, according to a survey by the Gfk marketing organisation. Just over 50 percent of the 6,000 respondents said they preferred the guilder to the Euro, up from 40 percent four years ago. Over 80 percent still convert financial sums into guilders, particularly when making large payments and 90 percent believe the introduction of the Euro drove up prizes.

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