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10 August 2007
Dr Paul Gelderloos, Chief Minister of the Global Country of World Peace for Holland, reported on several governmental, statistical indications of rising national consciousness in the field of economy, resulting from the Invincible Holland Assembly.
The economy rose in 2006 by 2.9%, approximately twice as much as in 2005. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release PB07-010, 13 February 2007.
The Gross Domestic Product increased to € 527.9 billion, an increase over 2005 of € 22.3 billion. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release PB07-025, 29 March 2007.
Unemployment decreased to 380,000 in 2006. It was the first time in three years that unemployment was under 400,000. Unemployment decreased by an average of more than 11,000 persons per month. De Telegraaf, 16 February 2007.
Dutch industry productivity increased considerably. In December 2006 the average productivity per day was 6% higher than in December 2005. Trouw, 10 February 2007.
Inflation in 2006 was historically low. Average inflation was 1.1% whereas in 2005 it was 1.7%. 2006 saw the lowest levels of inflation in 17 years. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release, 11 January 2007.
Export value rose to € 318 billion, an increase of 13%. Central Bureau of Statistics, Webmagazine and StatLine, 19 March 2007.
Import value increased by 14% to € 284 billion. Central Bureau of Statistics, Webmagazine and StatLine, 19 March 2007.
Trade surplus went from € 31.4 billion in 2005 to € 33.2 billion in 2006, an increase of €1.7 billion. Central Bureau of Statistics, Webmagazine and StatLine, 19 March 2007.
In 2006, the government established a budget surplus of € 3 billion for the first time in six years. State debt decreased from 52.7% to 48.7%. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release PB07-026, 30 March 2007.
Consumer spending growth doubled in comparison to previous years. In 2006 domestic spending increased 2.6%. Financieel Dagblad, 16 February 2007.
Employment increased by more than 100,000 as compared to 2005. It was an increase of 1.4% after three years of decline. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release PB07-010, 13 February 2007.
The number of open job vacancies was 208,000—the highest in six years, and 33.3% more than the end of 2005. Central Bureau of Statistics, Persbericht PB07-040, 16 May 2007.
There was a strong recovery of retail revenues with an increase of 5.4% after three years of decline. 2006 had higher retail revenues than the previous top year—2002. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release, 9 February 2007.
Confidence of private investors was at its highest level in December 2006 since its inception of the index in 2002. De Telegraaf, 12 January 2007.
The confidence of CEO's of middle sized companies went from 27 in 2005 to 44 in 2006 according to a Trend meter Index developed by the research company Motivaction. It was the highest level of confidence ever measured. De Telegraaf, 2 July, 2007.
Flower auctions increased their revenues by 5% in 2006 to almost € 4 billion. De Telegraaf 6 January 2007.
The value of shares at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange increased € 100 billion from € 630 billion in January 2006 to more than € 730 billion in January 2007. De Telegraaf, 20 February 2007.
Euronext saw a 34% increase in share transactions compared to 2005. Het Financieele Dagblad, 5 January 2007.
Revenue building sector at record high in 2006. There was an increase of 7% in the revenue building sector as compared to 2005. Central Bureau of Statistics, Webmagazine, 5 March 2007.
More people started their own company in 2006 according to the Economic Institute of Small and Medium Size Businesses (EIM). In 2006 10,000 more people—an increase of 18%—started their own business than the 55,000 people who became self-employed in 2005. De Telegraaf, 7 April 2007.
Housing prices increased almost 6% in 2006. Het Financieele Dagblad, 20 January, 2007.
Revenue in the hotel and catering industry grew 5% in 2006—twice as much as in 2005. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release PB07-015, 28 February 2007.
The occupancy rate at Dutch hotels increased by 3.8%. With an occupancy rate of 78%, it was the highest since the year 2000. Het Financieele Dagblad, 5 March 2007.
Historical growth in number of tourists. A record high of approximately 10.9 million foreign tourists visited Holland in 2006. Growth in tourism was 9% higher as compared to 2005. De Telegraaf, 9 January 2007.
Advertisement spending for products and services increased 3% to € 5.7 billion in 2006. Het Financieele Dagblad, 1 March, 2007.
The number of bankruptcies in 2006 decreased sharply for the first time since 2000. The total number of cases was 9,200—9% less than in 2005. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release, 7 February 2007.
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