A long commute? Nearly 40% of Dutch live, work in same town

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The Dutch live close to their work, new figures by the national statistics office CBS published on Thursday reveal. The agency said nearly four out of every 10 employees worked in the same community as they lived, with an average commute of 22.6 kilometres.

People living on the edges of the country such as the Wadden islands generally lived and worked in the same place. But this occurred also in the large cities where more than half of employees work and live in the same place.

Most workers had a daily commute of between 15 and 25 kilometres a day. However, commutes of less than 15 kilometres were the norm in places like Amsterdam, Westland, Aalsmeer, Amstelveen, Ouder-Amstel, Bunschoten and Edam-Volendam, the CBS said.

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