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Good news statistics from Holland for 2006: Quality of life
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11 August 2007
Dr Paul Gelderloos, Chief Minister of the Global Country of World Peace for Holland, reported on statistical indications of rising national consciousness in terms of higher quality of life in Holland, resulting from the Invincible Holland Assembly.
Quality of Life
Fewer murders in large cities: In Amsterdam and Rotterdam there was a decrease in murders of more than 50%, and in The Hague murders decreased by two-thirds. In 2005, the three cities combined saw 102 homicides, while in 2006 there were only 45—56% fewer. In the nation as a whole, homicides decreased in 2006 by almost 20%—from 198 to 160. NRC Handelsblad, 28 December 2006; Webmagazine Central Bureau of Statistics, 13 June 2007.
Fewer victims of petty crime: Victims of petty crime decreased by 26% at the beginning of 2007. Twenty-two per cent of the population felt unsafe at the beginning of 2007, while in 2005 the per centage was 27% according to the Safety Monitor of Central Bureau of Statistics and Ministries of Internal Affairs and Justice. CBS Press release PB07-033.
Fewer misdemeanour fines in Amsterdam: There were 17% fewer misdemeanour fines in 2006 as compared to 2005. De Telegraaf, 6 April 2007.
The mortality rate decreased last year with almost 1,000 fewer people dying as compared to 2005. De Telegraaf, 23 January 2007.
Disability allowances went from 703,000 at the end of 2005 to 639,000 in 2006—a 9.1% decrease. NRC Handelsblad, 31 March 2007.
Welfare at lowest level in 25 years: The number of welfare recipients decreased by 27,000 to 302,000—a decrease of almost 10%. Central Bureau of Statistics, Press release PB07-016, 28 February 2007.
Unemployment allowances decreased to 250,000 by the end of 2006, as compared with 307,000 the year before—a decrease of 18.6%. NRC Handelsblad, 31 March 2007.
The number of prisoners decreased in 2006 for the first time in years. On 3 October 2006 Holland had approximately 16,000 people in prisons and penitentiaries—8% less than the same date in 2005. During the years 2000 to 2005 the number of prisoners rose 40%. Central Bureau of Statistics, Webmagazien and StatLine, 19 March 2007.
The number of car thefts decreased 7.7% in 2006 as compared to 2005. In 2006, there were 1,502 fewer cars and motorcycles stolen. De Telegraaf 2 February 2007.
Traffic police issued 200,000 fewer speeding tickets—from 8 million in 2005 to 7.8 million in 2006—indicating safer driving in the nation. De Telegraaf , 15 May 2007.
Already one of the countries with the lowest traffic fatalities per capita, in 2006 there were 811 traffic fatalities versus 817 in 2005. Kerncijfers Verkeersveiligheid, Rijkswaterstaat, Issue 2007.
Enormous growth of Netherlands railways: In 2006, the number of railway passengers increased by 5%. De Telegraaf, 16 February 2007.
Reduced crime in trains and railway stations: Crime in trains and railway stations decreased by 60%—from 8,200 incidents in 2002 to 3,200 in 2006. De Telegraaf, 26 February 2007.
Fewer interruptions of trains in 2006: Train interruptions decreased by 8% compared to 6,798 incidents in 2005. Het Financieele Dagblad, 20 February 2006.
Dutch museums attracted a record number of visitors—1,675,000—or almost 20% more than in the previous record year, 2005. NRC Handelsblad, 2 January 2007.
The Dutch spent € 460.3 million on organic food in 2006, an increase of almost 10% over 2005. Het Financieele Dagblad, 5 April 2007.
Fast growth of sustainable savings and investments: Dutch investors invested 20% more in sustainable funds in 2006 as compared to 2005. Sustainable investments now total € 11.3 billion. Het Financieele Dagblad, 7 July 2007.
More ethical behaviour in traffic: The number of claims for 'hit and run' accidents dropped 12%—from more than 55,000 cases in 2005 to less than 49,000 in 2006. De Telegraaf, 15 May 2007.
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