Dutch news roundup, 14 November 2006

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Dutch sign JSF production contract

Dutch sign JSF production contract

Deputy Defence Minister Cees van der Knaap has signed a deal in Washington agreeing to continue co-operation on the Joint Strike Fighter, JSF. The project, a collaboration between the US, the Netherlands and seven other countries, is now moving from development to production.

Economy grew 2.6pc

The Dutch economy grew 2.6 percent in the third quarter of this year, the statistics bureau CBS said. On a quarterly basis, the economy grew 0.6 percent. Exports were the biggest motor.

Fears over cuts to mortgage tax relief

Three-quarters of 10,000 surveyed home owners fear the housing market would collapse if tax relief on mortgage interest payments was scrapped. Estate agents association LMV also said 61 percent of homeowners would face financial hardships.

Smaller babies after 9/11

Children born in the Netherlands between three and six months after the 11 September attacks in New York were on average 48g lighter than normal, Maastricht University research has indicated. Stress is believed to be the cause of the lighter birth weights.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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