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Expat currency news — Pound softens on poor UK data as stock market rout boosts safe-haven currencies

Expat currency news — Pound softens on poor UK data as stock market rout bo...

12 February 2016 | 0 comments

If you have a foreign currency transfer coming up, securing a competitive exchange rate can make a big difference on how much you receive. [Contributed by TorFX]

Fewer cyclists fined for not having lights at night

12 February 2016 | 0 comments

Last year police handed out fines to cyclists for not having proper lights at night 25,733 times, according to new figures from the government’s fine collection agency.

Some 250 minors in the Netherlands may get ‘married’ every year

12 February 2016 | 0 comments

A new report on child and illegal religious marriages in the Netherlands suggests some 250 under-18s may get married every year.

Young offenders need independent complaints system: ombudsman

12 February 2016 | 0 comments

Staff in youth detention centres and other institutions sometimes bribe young inmates into not making complaints by offering them fizzy drinks and pre-paid phone credits, according to a new report by children’s ombudsman Marc Dullaert.

Privacy groups slam new Dutch police hack law

12 February 2016 | 0 comments

Privacy watchdogs and lawyers’ organisations are highly criticial of draft Dutch legislation which will give the police what they say are ‘unprecedented’ powers to hack phones and internet.

Inflation drops to 0.6% in January

12 February 2016 | 0 comments

The Dutch rate of inflation fell marginally to 0.6% in January, due to lower prices for home nursing, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

Unilever to cut 240 jobs in the Netherlands

11 February 2016 | 0 comments

Unilever is cutting 240 jobs in the Netherlands by shifting abroad some operations, particularly IT.

Justice ministry to investigate refugee crime rate

11 February 2016 | 0 comments

The justice ministry is launching an investigation into the impact of asylum seekers centres on local crime rates in an effort to base discussions on ‘facts not emotions’, according to Dutch media reports on Thursday.

Stay in Rotterdam, Amsterdam mayor tells tourists

11 February 2016 | 0 comments

Amsterdam is appealing to other Dutch cities to absorb some of the tourists who come to the Dutch capital, the Parool said on Wednesday.

Dutch shops had best sales in seven years in 2015

11 February 2016 | 0 comments

Dutch shops had their best year since 2008 in 2015, with overall retail sales rising 1.4%, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

Amsterdam’s ring road is the most dangerous Dutch place to drive

11 February 2016 | 0 comments

There were more than 900 accidents on Amsterdam’s A10 ring road last year, making it the most dangerous motorway in the Netherlands, according to figures from traffic information service VID.

The Netherlands’ first poo bank wants your deposits

10 February 2016 | 0 comments

Donated blood, sperm and internal organs are always in hot demand, but the Dutch Faeces Donor Bank wants to add poop to the list.

Flu vaccine effective despite high number of intensive care cases

10 February 2016 | 0 comments

This year’s flu jab is proving effective at combating the disease even though an unusually high number of patients have needed intensive care, medical researchers have told NOS.

More wind power not biomass is key to Dutch energy needs: report

10 February 2016 | 0 comments

The Netherlands should build extra offshore wind farms if the government presses ahead with plans to close all coal-fired power stations, according to a new report for energy group Eneco and environmental group Natuur & Milieu.

Major shortage of affordable housing looms, says new report

10 February 2016 | 0 comments

The demand for rental homes in the Netherlands far outstrips supply and the trend is worsening, according to housing experts.

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