Skating fever cost the country 82 million euros
About 13,000 skaters were treated at hospital accident and emergency departments during the recent cold snap.
January's fortnight of severe cold weather saw the many shallow lakes and ponds in the Netherlands freeze over, and the country was gripped by skating fever. Many people took the opportunity to skate in the great outdoors for the first time in years.
The Consumer Safety Foundation says that during a normal mild winter, when people are unable to skate outdoors, only around 700 skaters end up needing hospital treatment. This year, the time the injured skaters took off work and the treatment they received has cost the country about 82 million euros. Many skaters suffered broken wrists, and nearly 60 percent of the injured skaters were over 40 years old.