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Expat currency news — Pound declines after BoE unanimously holds rates

Expat currency news — Pound declines after BoE unanimously holds rates

5 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]

Air quality may break EU rules in 130 kph zones, say scientists

5 February 2016 | 0 comments

The air quality in places close to motorways where a maximum speed limit of 130 kph applies may exceed European standards, two Dutch scientific institutes said on Friday.

Dutch gaming industry success exaggerated for years: NRC

5 February 2016 | 0 comments

The Dutch gaming industry has for years exaggerated both its turnover and growth, the NRC said on Friday.

Average rents in Amsterdam reach €2,200 a month for a new contract

5 February 2016 | 0 comments

People renting a house in the non-rent-controlled housing sector in Amsterdam now have to pay over €2,000 a month, according to new figures from rental housing platform Pararius.

Dutch police issued fewer traffic fines last year

5 February 2016 | 0 comments

The police handed out almost eight million traffic fines last year, down over 300,000 on 2014, according to new justice ministry figures.

Dutch refugee policy is one of the toughest in Europe

5 February 2016 | 0 comments

The Netherlands has one of the toughest refugee policies within Europe, the Volkskrant says on Thursday, based on a report by the justice ministry’s research department WODC.

Speed limit to hit 130 kph on more roads

4 February 2016 | 0 comments

The maximum speed limit is being increased to 130 kph on more Dutch roads from Friday, broadcaster Nos says.

Cancer is responsible for 31% of Dutch deaths

4 February 2016 | 0 comments

The death rate from cancer in the Netherlands is the second highest in Europe, according to European statistics agency Eurostat. In total, 31% of deaths in the Netherlands are due to cancer, compared with 26% in the EU as a whole.

Brits in the Netherlands urged to sign up for Brexit referendum

3 February 2016 | 0 comments

The British government is launching a campaign to get thousands of British nationals in the Netherlands to register to take part in the forthcoming referendum on Europe.

Smoking to be banned in Dutch school playgrounds in 2020

3 February 2016 | 0 comments

MPs have voted in favour of new legislation which will ban smoking in all school and mbo college playgrounds from 2020.

Dutch to extend military service to girls, even though it stopped in 1997

3 February 2016 | 0 comments

Defence minister Jeanine Hennis plans to extend military service to girls when they reach the age of 17 and will submit legislation making this possible to parliament this autumn.

ABP pension fund could be split up or decentralised

3 February 2016 | 1 comment

The giant civil service pension fund ABP could be decentralised or even split into separate units in an effort to keep its costs under control, according to a home affairs ministry report.

Personal care budgets should be for Dutch speakers only

3 February 2016 | 0 comments

Personal care budgets should only be paid out to people who speak good Dutch in an effort to stamp out fraud, the head of a Rotterdam health insurance company said on Tuesday.

Fewer than half of 30,000 planned asylum places realised

2 February 2016 | 0 comments

Fewer than half the 30,000 extra accommodation places that were due to be planned for asylum seekers by February 1 have been allocated, according to a survey by NOS.

Union urges pension funds to avoid private equity firms

2 February 2016 | 0 comments

Dutch pension funds are being urged to pull their money out of private equity funds such as Sun Capital by the country’s biggest trade union federation, the FNV.

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