The Netherlands on the European scale 2016

Janila Antoine

In the publication The Netherlands on the European Scale (pdf), Statistics Netherlands (CBS) shows how the Netherlands is performing in relation to the other 27 EU member states. In which areas do we excel? Where are we lagging behind and where are we performing ‘average’ as an EU member state? As it turns out, the Dutch are the happiest people in Europe. And they tend to have more confidence in their fellow citizens than all other Europeans. The Netherlands is also among the wealthiest countries in Europe, although economic growth was below the average across the EU in 2014. In two areas the Netherlands is performing poorly on the European scale: it has the lowest number of science graduates and it is also performing poorly with respect to the share of renewable sources in energy supply. In 21 captivating chapters, the reader will find a lot of information about happiness, female science students, greenhouse gases, tourism, youth unemployment, poverty, health care, asylum requests and a variety of other subjects

‘Europe’ is becoming an increasingly important concept in the Netherlands: for decision-makers, researchers, producers and consumers. Together with Eurostat and the other national statistical institutes in the European Union, statistics Netherlands is working towards comparability of national data and a consistent European statistical system. Against background of the recent crisis in Greece, the influx of migrants and the increased terrorism threat in Europe, the Netherlands takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Luxembourg on 1 January 2016. This will trigger an extra demand for information about the EU.

This publication shows how the Netherlands is faring in a number of areas compared with other EU member states. Where do the Dutch lead the field? Where are they lagging behind? Or are they an average member state? It turns out that the Dutch are the happiest people in Europe. And that they trust their fellow citizens more than people in other countries. They are also on the  richest countries in Europe, although economic growth was lower than average in the EU in 2014.

In all areas described in this publication, there are interesting differences not only between countries and regions, but also between older and newer member states. Unless otherwise stated, the data in this publication are from Statistics Netherlands and Eurostat.  

Reference material: 
Website | Statistics Netherlands 
The Netherlands on a European scale 2016 report

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