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The Dutch have no plans to push the boat out for new king

Wednesday 06 February 2013

The Netherlands may celebrate the inauguration of king Willem-Alexander on April 30, but just 8% of the population plan to spend more money than they do on a normal Queen's Day.

A survey for financial services group ING shows the average spend on April 30 will be just €27. And only 15% expect to spend more than €50 on Oranje-related items or on second-hand goods.

In total, 58% say they will spend the same amount as they always do on Queen's Day, while 34% will spend less. And nearly three-quarters think it right the inauguration is low key, because of the economic situation.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

And? Most Dutch people celebrate Koniginnedag with a vengeance. Spending any more on it could land people in hospital.

By Gemma | 6 February 2013 4:55 PM

Please note that if you wish to maintain a high level standard of the English language you should use an upper case 'K' when referring to King Willem-Alexander. The same applies to the 'S' in Sir.

By Haarlembazz | 6 February 2013 5:37 PM

Gemma, your comment was so funny (and true)!

By Terri | 6 February 2013 6:11 PM

yeah ! thats a good one by Gemma..

By Jag | 6 February 2013 8:11 PM

@Haarlembazz: Thanks for saying what I was just about to say :P

By Stupid | 6 February 2013 10:14 PM

Haarlembazz.. Msot poelpe on the intreent hvae a porbelm.Splelnig deos not seem ipmortnat aynomre.

By BenDoone | 7 February 2013 1:58 AM

kinkt Willyum, wots rong wif thaat. Spelliin is fur posh peeple!

By Pat McGroin | 7 February 2013 1:48 PM

I wish there was a way to 'like' here - as on Facebook! :0) I would 'like' many of the spelling related comments! Very funny!

By katy | 7 February 2013 8:13 PM

English is not my mother language neither is Dutch. So K or k would not make a difference. He will have the same benefits anyway :).

About the actual topic of the report: I'll spend less and party more!

Lets wish for a nice weather Beatrix or W-A, BTW: he should pick himself a shorter name.

Queens are better :)

By Mo Jordan | 8 February 2013 11:49 AM

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