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An overwhelming majority of people think help with stopping smoking or losing weight should be taken out of the basic Dutch health insurance package, according to a new survey.
Albert Heijn own brand guacamole, which contains just 0.7% avacado powder, has been voted the year's biggest marketing trick in a poll by consumer organisation Consumentenbond.
One in four people in the Netherlands use mobile phone apps to make payments and transfer money, the Dutch central bank said on Thursday.

Uefa fines Feyenoord for racist behaviour by fans
European football body UEFA has taken action against Rotterdam football club Feyenoord for racist behaviour by fans during a Champions League match against Besiktas of Turkey in July.

Amsterdammer planning to go to Syria to stay in jail for three months
A 23-year-old man from Amsterdam who was picked up by police for planning to travel to Syria to fight with Muslim rebels has been remanded in custody for three months.

Police arrest 38 for Ajax-Zwolle cup final fireworks trouble
Dutch police have now arrested 38 people in connection with crowd trouble at the Ajax PEC Zwolle KNVB Cup final in April.

Demos banned throughout The Hague residential areas
The Hague's mayor Josiaz van Aartsen has extended a ban on demonstrations in the Schilderswijk district to cover all the city's residential areas after it emerged seven rallies were due to take place on September 20.

Unemployment continues to fall, working population shrinks
The official Dutch unemployment rate fell for the third month in a row in July and now totals 8.2% of the working population, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

House prices rise for fourth month in a row
House prices rose for the fourth month in a row in July, the Dutch land registry office and national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

Competition hits supermarket group Ahold
Earnings at supermarket group Ahold were pressured by a downturn in sales for some products and strong competition in the Dutch market.

CEO of biggest Dutch builder steps down over losses
The chief executive of the Netherlands’ biggest building company BAM has resigned after the company posted a first half loss of €6.6m.

Electric bike use on the rise
Several government-backed experiments are under way in an effort to get more people to use electric bikes to cycle to work and school, Nos television said on Thursday.

Four Dutch clubs in European football action
Four Dutch football clubs are in European action on Thursday night as the final qualifying rounds for the Europa League take place.

Four Dutch DJs in Forbes highest earners list, Hardwell new entrant
Four Dutchmen grace the latest list of the world’s best DJs compiled by Forbes magazine.

Consumer confidence falters after months of improvement
Dutch consumers were less confident in the economic situation in August after months of steady growth, possibly as a result of the tense political situation on the international level, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

Five monkeys found as stowaways on ship heading for Rotterdam
Five monkeys have been found on board a container ship heading for Rotterdam port, primate charity Stichting Aap said on Wednesday.

Insurer under fire over compensation for woman unable to work
Insurance company Reaal was discriminatory when it worked out a compensation deal for a woman left unable to work after an accident by assuming she would have children and a part-time job, the Dutch human rights board has ruled.

Dutch doctors warned to look out for Ebola symptoms
The Dutch public health institute RIVM has warned family doctors to be on the look-out for symptoms of the deadly Ebola disease but says the chance of it arriving in the Netherlands is ‘extremely small’.

More Dutch universities open campus-based colleges
Some 3,000 students in the Netherlands are now attending university colleges – which offer a campus-based education for fees double that of traditional universities, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

State pays €460,000 to use land for king's Greek villa security fence
The Dutch government has paid €461,000 in land rights to place a security fence around the royal family’s Greek holiday home but the land itself is only worth €35,000, RTL news says.

Change your lectures to avoid rush hour travel, universities told
Universities and colleges which do not stimulate students to use public transport outside rush hour could get less government money in the future, says education minister Jet Bussemaker.

Minister urges firms to bring manufacturing back to the Netherlands
Ministers are urging Dutch companies to bring manufacturing back to the Netherlands, social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has told MPs in a briefing.

Economic recovery and jobs top cabinet priority list
The government’s priorities for 2015 are to ensure the economy continues to recover and to create jobs, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday.

Tax office wins right to know where you parked and for how long
A company which enables people to pay for car parking by mobile phone must hand over client details to the tax office, the appeal court in Den Bosch said on Tuesday.

Is this summer? This August is one of the coldest since 1980
This August is the second coldest in 34 years with an average afternoon temperature of 17 Celsius at the De Bilt weather station.

Russian boycott set to cost Dutch €300m and affect 5,000 jobs
Russia’s boycott of Dutch goods will have an impact on thousands of jobs and will cost the economy millions of euros, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

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