Dutch public less gloomy about 2006

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2 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — The average Dutch person is not very positive about 2006, with four out of ten expecting a deterioration of their financial situation, according to research bureau Trendbox.

2 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — The average Dutch person is not very positive about 2006, with four out of ten expecting a deterioration of their financial situation, according to research bureau Trendbox.

"But this is 15 percent less gloominess than the expectations regarding 2004 and 2005," Trendbox said.

The bureau questioned 500 people in December about their expectations for the coming year. Another result of the survey was that more money than in previous years will be spent on vacations, while Dutch people expect to devote less time to odd jobs and gardening.

The traditional New Year's resolution about getting fit has also taken a knock in 2006. The survey found that the average Dutch person also expects to devote less time to physical exercise and fitness training, but attention will be paid to healthier eating.

The biggest concern is the new healthcare system which came into force on 1 January 2006. More than half the people questioned expect it to descend into chaos. The annual  concern about mortgage interest rate increases is also high on the list of concerns for 2006.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

 Subject: Dutch news

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