Creative Industries Netherlands

Population: 17,084,719 (July 2017 est.)
Capital: Amsterdam
Internet country code: .nl

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Netherlands FlagFlag description:
three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and blue; similar to the flag of Luxembourg, which uses a lighter blue and is longer; the colors were those of WILLIAM I, Prince of Orange, who led the Dutch Revolt against Spanish sovereignty in the latter half of the 16th century; originally the upper band was orange, but because it tended to fade to red over time, the red shade was eventually made the permanent color; the banner is perhaps the oldest tricolor in continuous use

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Kingdom of the Netherlands / Nederland

The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands – Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba – became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


The Dutch economy is the sixth-largest economy in the euro-zone and is noted for its stable industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizable trade surplus, and an important role as a European transportation hub. Industrial activity is predominantly in food processing, chemicals, NL Bankpetroleum refining, and electrical machinery. A highly mechanized agricultural sector employs only 2% of the labor force but provides large surpluses for the food-processing industry and for exports. The Netherlands, along with 11 of its EU partners, began circulating the euro currency on 1 January 2002. After 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, the Dutch economy – highly dependent on an international financial sector and international trade – contracted by 3.5% in 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis. The Dutch financial sector suffered, due in part to the high exposure of some Dutch banks to U.S. mortgage-backed securities. In 2008, the government nationalized two banks and injected billions of dollars of capital into other financial institutions, to prevent further deterioration of a crucial sector. The government also sought to boost the domestic economy by accelerating infrastructure programs, offering corporate tax breaks for employers to retain workers, and expanding export credit facilities. The stimulus programs and bank bailouts, however, resulted in a government budget deficit of 5.3% of GDP in 2010 that contrasted sharply with a surplus of 0.7% in 2008. The government of Prime Minister Mark RUTTE began implementing fiscal consolidation measures in early 2011, mainly reductions in expenditures, which resulted in an improved budget deficit in 2011. In 2012-13 tax revenues dropped, GDP contracted, and the budget deficit deteriorated. Although jobless claims continued to grow, the unemployment rate remained relatively low at 6.8 percent.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$696.3 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 24
$705.3 billion (2012 est.)
$714.2 billion (2011 est.)
note: data are in 2013 US dollars

Arts Index Netherlands

The Arts Index Netherlands is initiated by the Boekman Foundation in co-operation with The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) with the aim of collecting a great amount of relevant and available cultural data and presenting the collected data in an accessible and understandable way. The Arts Index Netherlands offers in-dept insights in the fields of consumer behaviours, employment, financial flows, organisational structures and public support for arts and culture in the Dutch society.
For more information see Arts Index Netherlands 2013.pdf

De Slag om de Klerewereld

Jan 2, 2015 – Teun van de Keuken gaat undercover als textielhandelaar. Hij belandt in het walhalla van ons wegwerptextiel: Bangladesh. Is het moordende tempo van mode anno nu niet de kern van het probleem? Roland Duong en Teun van de Keuken onderzoeken hoe het er in textielindustrie nu werkelijk aan toe gaat. Teun van de Keuken ruilt zijn perskaart in voor een stapel visitekaartjes en gaat undercover als textielhandelaar en dringt zo diep door in de keten. Hij klopt aan bij agenten en leveranciers bij wie hij voor zo min mogelijk geld een sweatshirt kan laten maken. Via modestad Parijs belandt hij in het walhalla van ons wegwerptextiel: Bangladesh. Roland Duong bezoekt de bron van onze begeerte. Langs de catwalks van Milaan probeert hij grote ontwerpers en modebazen aan hun jasje te trekken over het moordende tempo van mode anno nu. Is dat niet de kern van het probleem? Teun van de Keuken gaat undercover als textielhandelaar. Is het moordende tempo van mode anno nu niet de kern van het probleem?


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Paint the World Orange
Amsterdam, Sep 26, 2008 — Launch of a national initiative by the Dutch Government. Who has the best idea to brand the Netherlands internationally?

Innovation Platform: ‘Positioning the Netherlands as Portal to Europe’
Amsterdam, Sep 26, 2008 — The objective is to make the Netherlands one of the top five in terms of competitive strength.

Prime Minister Balkenende officially launches change agenda for Dutch economy
Utrecht, Oct 1, 2008 — Prime Minister Balkenende emphasises the objectives of the change agenda: “The Netherlands must join the top 5 most competitive countries.