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16 March Netherlands Elections

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16 March Netherlands Elections

Local elections in the Netherlands, which are held every four years , will take place on 16 March between 07:30 and 21:00 . The conditions for voting in municipal elections are as follows:

In addition to Dutch and EU citizens who are over the age of 18 and living in the Netherlands; 

Non-EU citizens over the age of 18 who have been registered in a municipality in the Netherlands until 31 January 2022 and have been residing in the Netherlands for at least 5 years uninterruptedly can also vote in municipal elections. 

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  1. Why should I vote?

When it comes to local elections, many Dutch residents first think of sewerage, road construction, city maintenance. However, more than 400 Dutch municipalities are doing more and more comprehensive studies. For example, issues such as local politics, climate, housing problem, refugee crisis are among the duties of municipalities. 

2. How can I vote on election day?

Everyone who has the right to vote is automatically sent a ballot paper at least 2 weeks before the elections by the municipality where they are registered. When you go to the polling place on election day, you must bring your ballot paper along with your passport or ID card! 

This year, local elections will take place on March 16, 2022 between 07:30 and 21:00. In addition, polling stations in some municipalities will also be open on 14 and 15 March. 

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3. What is the function of the city council?

City councils are tasked with controlling the policy of the mayor and councillors. In addition, the municipality adjusts its budget and then monitors whether the money is used in accordance with the budget.

The number of members of municipal councils is related to the population of the municipality. For example, while there are 9 members in the councils of municipalities with a population of less than 3 thousand; The councils of municipalities with a population of more than 200 thousand consist of 45 people. 

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Here are the most active political parties in the Netherlands:
  • People’s Freedom and Democracy Party VVD
  • Labor Party PvdA 
  • Christian Democratic Party CDA
  • Social Liberal Party D66
  • Socialist Party SP
  • Christian Unity CU
  • Green Left Party GroenLinks
  • Animal Party PvdD

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

How much are used car prices in the Netherlands?

AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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