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Creative Industries Netherlands
Population: 17,151,228 (July 2018 est.)
Internet country code: .nl
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
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 Netherlands, the sixth-largest economy in the European Union, plays an important role as a European transportation hub, with a consistently high trade surplus, stable industrial relations, and low unemployment. Industry focuses on food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery. A highly mechanized agricultural sector employs only 2% of the labor force but provides large surpluses for food-processing and underpins the country’s status as the world’s second largest agricultural exporter.
The Netherlands is part of the euro zone, and as such, its monetary policy is controlled by the European Central Bank. The Dutch financial sector is highly concentrated, with four commercial banks possessing over 80% of banking assets, and is four times the size of Dutch GDP.
In 2008, during the financial crisis, the government budget deficit hit 5.3% of GDP. Following a protracted recession from 2009 to 2013, during which unemployment doubled to 7.4% and household consumption contracted for four consecutive years, economic growth began inching forward in 2014. Since 2010, Prime Minister Mark RUTTE’s government has implemented significant austerity measures to improve public finances and has instituted broad structural reforms in key policy areas, including the labor market, the housing sector, the energy market, and the pension system. In 2017, the government budget returned to a surplus of 0.7% of GDP, with economic growth of 3.2%, and GDP per capita finally surpassed pre-crisis levels. The fiscal policy announced by the new government in the 2018-2021 coalition plans for increases in government consumption and public investment, fueling domestic demand and household consumption and investment. The new government’s policy also plans to increase demand for workers in the public and private sector, forecasting a further decline in the unemployment rate, which hit 4.8% in 2017.
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?
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.