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The Bataviller are an ancient Germanic tribe that advanced along the Rhine and established a new settlement at the swamp mouth of the Amstel River where it meets the sea. The region fell into the hands of various Germanic tribes after the fall of the Roman Empire and during the dark ages of Europe. The people basically make a living by fishing.

Around 1200 BC, the first treehouses began to be built on artificial hills called “terp”. In what is now Dam Square, there is a dam built on the Amstel River. The dam not only controls the tides, but also gives direction to trade by preventing overseas ships from being loaded along the river. Goods to be transported need to be transferred to local boats for forwarding inland. Thus, the inhabitants of the region had an important source of income, and two important elements emerged in the history of the city: the strengthening of the trading class and the use of barges in trade with the hinterlands.

Dam Square – Dam Square:

Rokin Street, one of the tram routes leading to Dam Square, was a canal opening to this square, which used to be a port.
This canal from Muntplein was filled and turned into a street.

In 1275, the Dutch Count Floris granted permission to the inhabitants of the vicinity of the dam on the Amstel River to trade on the river without paying a toll, and granted a trade monopoly along the river. In 1323, this area becomes a duty-free port. At the end of the century, they began to export fish throughout Europe with high profitability, thanks to the method developed for the storage and drying of herring.

However, in 1345, an event of spiritual significance occurred in this town, a unique trading port. When a dying person is given communion bread (holy bread according to Christian tradition), he cannot swallow it. When the bread did not burn when thrown into the fire, this event was announced as a miracle, and within a few years Amstelredamme became a favorite pilgrimage site.

In 1419, Philippe of Burgundy unites the “low provinces” under one power.

After the great fires in 1421 and 1452, the use of wood in the construction of buildings in the city was prohibited and bricks were used instead.

Arrival of the Spaniards

After the marriages between European dynasties and developing family ties, Amsterdam was left alone for a short time during the Spanish rule.

In 1516, Charles V becomes sole ruler of the Spanish Empire and the Netherlands.

The fact that the city is an important trade port protects it from pressures encountered in other places, and even its population triples with immigration from other parts of the empire. Diamond cutting masters from Antwerp and Jews from Portugal add their own riches to the city.

Religious Strife

With the different groups that settled in the city, tolerance begins to develop. At the same time, Protestantism, the new Christian doctrine of Martin Luther, was spreading rapidly in Europe.

It was during this period that French Protestants (Huguenots) came to the city.

With the rapid spread of Protestantism in the city, Catholic Spain, which was on the opposite side, began to demonstrate its power with the inquisition courts. In 1535, anti-papal demonstrations took place in Dam Square. In 1550, the “Edict of Blood” was issued by the Spaniards. Accordingly, heretics will be caught and punished. After these events, 80 years of internal turmoil begins in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

History of Amsterdam and the Netherlands

Noorder Kerk (North Church):

The building, which is a Protestant church, lost its treasures due to fires and looting during the Alteration (reform movements in the country). Today, it can be seen as an exhibition hall.

The Spanish King Charles V, originally from this region, sent the Duke of Alva to Amsterdam in 1567. Thus, the Spanish military administration, which took over the administration, imposes heavy taxes on the city.

Against this oppressive rule, the House of Orange, who came from a small town in France, claims the territory of the region and the dynasty member William the Silent starts an armed resistance against the Spanish rule.

In 1578, the people of Amsterdam revolt against the Papal forces and drive them out of the city (the Alteration period). The violence of the Inquisition against Protestants, this time against Catholics, and Catholic churches are looted.

In 1759, the seven states in the North Rhine broke the Spanish pressure and established the Union of Utrech. In 1648, with the Treaties of The Hague and Westfalen, the independent Dutch State, which is very close to its present borders, was established.

Development of trade

As Spanish influence wanes, the Dutch star becomes brighter and closeness is established with Portugal, which made trade deals with the East and was the sole source of new goods such as spices and silk. Amsterdam merchants make high profits by buying these goods and selling them in the Northern regions. The Netherlands lives its golden age between 1600-1700.

When the Spaniards captured Portugal in 1580, the merchants of Amsterdam embarked on this trade and in 1595 they sent their own fleets to India. The Dutch-East India Company, founded in 1602, monopolized trade on all routes east of the Cape of Good Hope. The Amsterdam-based company turns into a more powerful trading empire than many countries over time.

Financial structuring and subsequent banking practices that started in Italy in order to meet the rapidly developing commercial needs also developed in this period.

The welfare economy in the city also supports fine arts and scientific studies. Famous artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Paulus Potter lived in this period.

In the 16th century, public executions were held at The Waag building. The same building  was used as a weighing house in the early 17th century, where the loads carried along the Gelderskade Canal were weighed.

It is known that in the upper floor rooms of the tower, the guilds came together and held meetings.

Founded in the city’s “Golden Age” period (1600-1700), the Surgeons’ Guild conducted research on cadavers and the structure of the human body in the meeting rooms in Waag, with the help of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, who invented the microscope.

Two famous paintings of Rembrandt were commissioned by this guild and hung in this building when completed. “ Dr. Tulp’s Anatomy Lesson” brings the 17th century to our minds.

It was used for various purposes after the weighing house was closed at the beginning of the 19th century, it is still used as a restaurant.

The Waag:

Located in Nieuwmarkt Square, the “Waag” was opened in 1488 as a gate that marked the eastern border of the city, with new walls built after the great fire of 1452. It was located on the city walls at that time and was one of the entrance points of the city. The gothic building, which is shown as the oldest non-religious building in Amsterdam, is still used as a restaurant.

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Amsterdam Rembrant Square and a monumental adaptation of the artist’s famous painting “The Night Watch”

Decline and Decline

The greatest enemy of the Dutch on the high seas was the British. During the 17th and 18th centuries, there were major clashes between the two countries. Ultimately, England, which declared war in 1780, sank all the ships of the weakened Netherlands and did not allow it to regroup. Upon these developments, the Dutch-East India Company ended its commercial activities in 1791.

In the second half of the century, opponents of Orange, who wanted to form a government with French support, began to demonstrate and Napoleon Bonaparte captured the Netherlands in 1795. Thus comes the end of the Golden Age.

Napoleon’s brother Louis is proclaimed King of the Netherlands and settled in the Koninklijk Palace. Four years later, when he wanted to increase taxes, he had to leave the city due to the riots.

Upon Napoleon’s military failures, Williem van Orange returns from exile and proclaims himself king in 1813. Efforts begin to cope with the economic collapse.

The industrialization process changes the city drastically. With the opening of the Central Station in 1889, the overseas past was left behind.

Central Station:

It is built on three artificial islands supported by 8,687 tree stumps.

The station was built on the old port wall, and some old canals in the city center are filled to be opened for motor vehicles. Dam Square becomes landlocked for the first time in its history.

In the same period, together with all the ongoing industrialization movements, the benevolent dignitaries of the city, preserving the spirit of the Victorian era, pioneered the construction of major museums and parks.

History of Amsterdam and the Netherlands

20th century: World Wars

The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I. In the first half of the century, land acquisition works that would enlarge the settlements and agricultural areas were emphasized.

He chose to remain neutral in World War II, but upon the invasion of Germany in 1940, the royal family and members of parliament escaped and took refuge in London. Protesting the persecution of Jews, Dutch dockworkers protest the situation with a one-day strike, but almost all Jews are taken to concentration camps. During the winter of 1944-45, the Germans withdrew essential items such as food and fuel from the city, leaving the people to starve.

Modern State

As the country tries to recover after the war, Indonesia and other Dutch colonies gain their independence.

The power of the people manifests itself and in Amsterdam it is seen that progress does not mean getting rid of the past. When contractors want to demolish canal houses and empty buildings, Amsterdammers do not allow demolition, thinking that they have inherited these structures. Today, this historical building has been preserved and any renovation project will cause great controversy.

The Netherlands joined the European Union in 1957.

The Netherlands’ great strength in agricultural production and trade contributes to its success together, and the country also becomes an important center for international companies with commercial relations with Europe. During the 1990s, it played a leading role in the work carried out in the process of removing borders, increasing the freedom of movement of people and increasing their commercial relations within the framework of the EU, as well as the transition to the euro currency.

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Retail sales in the euro area fell in December

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Retail sales in the euro area decreased by 2.7 percent in December compared to the previous month.

The European Statistical Office (Eurostat) has published the retail sales data of the European Union (EU) and Eurozone for December 2022.

Accordingly, retail sales in the EU decreased by 2.6 percent in December compared to the previous month and by 2.5 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

In the euro area, retail sales decreased by 2.7 percent in December compared to November and by 2.8 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

Thus, the average of retail sales increased by 0.7 percent in the Euro Area and by 1.1 percent in the EU in 2022 compared to the previous year.

Compared to the previous month, the highest decrease in retail sales among EU countries was seen in the Netherlands with 6.3 percent, in Germany with 5.3 percent and Luxembourg with 3.8 percent.

Retail sales fell 9.2 percent in Belgium, 8.4 percent in Denmark and 7.1 percent in Sweden on an annual basis.

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Computer maker Dell to lay off about 6,650 jobs

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Computer maker Dell to lay off about 6650 jobs

The wave of layoffs at tech companies is growing. US-based computer manufacturer Dell is also preparing to lay off 6,500 people.

It has been reported that computer manufacturer Dell, headquartered in the USA, will join the wave of layoffs in technology companies and lay off approximately 6,650 people due to weakness in the computer market.

In a note to company employees, Dell Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeff Clarke stated that Dell faces market conditions that continue to erode and have an uncertain future.

Clarke stated that savings measures such as hiring interruptions and travel restrictions are no longer sufficient.

It was stated that Dell aims to lay off approximately 6,650 people, or about 5 percent of its global workforce.

After the high demand in the Kovid-19 outbreak, consumers have significantly reduced their demand for technology hardware such as smartphones and laptops, with high inflation and an uncertain economic outlook.

According to the report of the IDC research company, Dell sold 37 percent fewer computers in the last quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2021.

WAVE OF FIRMWARE IN TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

US tech companies are experiencing a wave of layoffs after significantly increasing their staff numbers in the epidemic in recent months.

While rising inflation and a possible recession are causing concerns in the tech industry, many tech companies, especially in the US, have started to decide to lay off thousands of people or take a break from new hires last year. Among these companies, the presence of leading companies in the technology sector such as Meta and Amazon was also noteworthy.

Finally, one of the US technology giants Microsoft announced that it would lay off 10 thousand employees, and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced that it would lay off 12,000 employees.

Dell’s rivals HP announced that 6,000 and IBM would lay off about 3,900 of their employees.

According to the data of the Layoffs.fyi site, which tracks the layoffs in the technology sector, technology companies have laid off 292 companies and 88,138 employees since the beginning of the year.

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Apple suffers biggest drop in sales since 2019

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Tech giant Apple’s sales declined at the end of 2022 as the purchasing power of customers facing rising cost of living declined.

The iPhone’s manufacturer’s sales fell 5% in the last quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.

This was the biggest quarterly drop since 2019 and was worse than forecast.

The drop comes as many firms warn of a sharp economic slowdown, especially for the tech sector, which has been on the rise during the pandemic.

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, said the firm was operating in a “challenging environment”.

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Sony raises fiscal 2022 net profit forecast

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Sony raises fiscal 2022 net profit forecast

Electronics maker Sony Group has announced that its net profit for fiscal 2022 is expected to be 870 billion yen.

World-renowned technology company Sony has increased its previous 840 billion yen comprehensive net profit forecast for fiscal 2022 to 870 billion yen ($6.6 billion).

In the fiscal year, with sales revenues expected to be 11.5 trillion yen ($87.6 billion), the firm’s operating profit is targeted at 1.18 trillion yen ($9 billion). The current fiscal year 2022 will close by the end of March 2023.

In the April-December period of the fiscal year 2022, the Japanese firm’s net profit increased by 4.9 percent compared to the same period last year, to 808.9 billion yen ($6.1 billion).

OPERATING PROFIT INCREASED 1.5 PERCENT
Operating profit rose 1.5 percent to 1.08 trillion yen ($8.2 billion) during this period, when sales revenues rose 10.7 percent to 8.48 trillion yen ($64.6 billion).

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Parliament approved the reduction of social housing rents to 575 euros in the Netherlands

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Parliament approved the reduction of social housing rents to 575 euros in the Netherlands.

The amendment that Housing Minister De Jonge wanted to make in the law received the support of a majority of the House of Representatives. Social housing rental costs are reduced.

The bill, which was presented by Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge in December last year, allowing low-income tenants living in social housing to reduce the rental price, was supported by the majority of the House of Representatives.

If the bill becomes law, the rental prices of households living in social housing and low income levels will be reduced to 575 euros. Households with an income of less than 120 percent of the minimum wage will benefit from this discount. (Average 2320 euros).

The discount on social housing rents will be valid for residences under 808 euros. In its current form, the law does not cover private sector housing.

The parliamentary majority supported the plan.
A majority of the House of Representatives approved the Minister’s amendment to the Housing Act. However, the opposition parties demanded that the rent reduction should not only benefit 600 thousand low-income households living in social housing, but also nearly 100 thousand households living in private sector residences.

While the parties PvdA, GroenLinks, PVV and SP demanded the Minister to make the necessary changes in the law, they stated that they will vote in favor of the law.
While the coalition partners, CDA and D66 parties, supported the inclusion of tenants in private sector residences in this law, they predicted that an average of 57 euros per month rent reduction would create technical problems. It was stated that the first of these problems was the tax system.

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Most industries in the Netherlands have become dependent on immigrants

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Most industries in the Netherlands have become dependent on immigrants

It is stated that many sectors in the Netherlands have become dependent on migrant workers and services cannot be met without foreign workers.

While many sectors in the Netherlands are dependent on a growing number of migrant workers, experts believe that services cannot be provided without foreign workers.

In the news site NU.nl, it was stated that the number of workers with a migrant background is increasing and many sectors are dependent on foreign workers.

In the news, it was stated that in the period of 2006-2021, the number of foreign workers in the country increased 4 times and approximately 800,000 migrant workers, especially from Eastern European countries, were working in the country.

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Pointing out that migrant workers are employed in delivery, warehouse and distribution centers, especially in the agriculture and horticulture sector, experts’ views on the dependency of some sectors on migrant workers were included in the news.

In the news, it was shared that a large number of migrant workers, especially from Poland, Bulgaria and Romania, came to the Netherlands in the last 15 years.

Olaf van Vliet, professor of economics at Leiden University, stressed that migrant workers are especially working in low-wage jobs. “If they leave today, it will be difficult to fill their place.” used the phrase.

Pointing out that hiring foreign workers is a political decision and that it brings with it a number of social problems such as housing shortages, Van Vliet said, “If labor costs increase, consumers will feel it. For example, orders may no longer be delivered for free.” made its assessment.

“These people make a significant contribution to our economy”
Frank van Gool, director of the employment firm OTTO Work Force, stated that some sectors cannot function without migrant workers, adding, “In the absence of these, markets and vegetable stalls will remain empty. There will be problems in the health, construction and technology sectors. There are even Filipino workers in our health sector.” used the phrases.

Noting that he found it right to discuss the social problems that come with the increasing number and place of migrant workers in employment, Van Gool said, “But that doesn’t mean we don’t need those people. These people make a significant contribution to our economy.” commented.

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Balance sheets of Apple, Amazon and Alphabet released

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Apple’s last quarter of 2022 sales decreased by 5 percent.

Alphabet’s revenue fell short of market expectations at $76.1 billion in the last quarter of last year, while Amazon’s sales surpassed expectations at $149.2 billion in the same period.

The balance sheets of Apple, Amazon and Alphabet 2022 for the October-December period were announced.

While the revenues of US technology giants Apple and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, fell short of expectations in the October-December period of last year, Amazon’s sales exceeded market expectations in the same period.

Shares of Google, Apple and Amazon also fell sharply, while tech stocks fell in post-closing trading following the release of the balance sheets.

APPLE’S INCOME DROPPED

According to the statement made by Apple, the sales of the company, which considered the October-December period of last year as the first quarter in its balance sheet, decreased by 5 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and fell to 117.2 billion dollars. The company had revenue of $123.9 billion in the same period of 2021.

Thus, Apple experienced a year-on-year decline in sales for the first time since 2019. The company’s revenue in the same period also fell short of market expectations of $121.1 billion.

Apple’s net profit, on the other hand, decreased by 13 percent in the October-December period of 2022 compared to the same period of the previous year, falling to $ 30 billion. The company’s net profit was recorded as $34.6 billion in the same period of 2021.

The firm’s earnings per share also fell from $2.10 to $1.88 in the given period.

IPHONE AND IMAC SALES DECREASED, IPAD SALES INCREASED

In this period, while Apple’s smartphone and computer sales decreased, tablet sales increased.

In the October-December period of last year, the amount of iPhone sales decreased by 8 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and decreased to 65.8 billion dollars. In the same period, Mac sales fell 29 percent to $7.7 billion, while iPad sales increased 30 percent to $9.4 billion.

On the other hand, Apple Chief Executive (CEO), Tim Cook, in an interview with CNBC, stated that the company’s financial results were affected by the strong dollar, the overall macroeconomic environment with the Kovid-19 restrictions in China affecting iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max production.

AMAZON SALES EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS

American e-commerce giant Amazon’s sales exceeded market expectations in the last quarter of last year.

According to the statement made by the company, Amazon’s revenue in the 4th quarter of last year increased by 9 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 149.2 billion dollars. The company’s sales in the last quarter of 2021 were recorded as 137.4 billion dollars.

The firm’s sales in the last quarter of last year exceeded market expectations of $145.4 billion. Amazon’s sales rose to $514 billion in 2022, an increase of 9 percent compared to the previous year. The company’s sales were calculated at $469.8 billion in 2021.

The net profit of the company was recorded as 300 million dollars in the said period. Amazon’s net profit in the fourth quarter of 2021 was $14.3 billion.

The e-commerce giant reported a loss of $2.7 billion in 2022. Amazon made a profit of $33.4 billion in 2021. The company’s earnings per share, which was $1.39 in the fourth quarter of 2021, also fell to 3 cents in the same period last year.

ALPHABET DID NOT MEET EXPECTATIONS

Google’s parent company Alphabet also increased its revenue in the last quarter of last year, while its profits fell.

According to the company statement, Alphabet’s revenue in the fourth quarter of last year increased by 1 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching $ 76.1 billion. The company announced revenue of $ 75.3 billion in the October-December period of 2021.

Alphabet’s revenue fell short of market expectations of $76.5 billion despite the limited increase in the period in question. The company’s revenue reached $282.8 billion in 2022, an increase of 10 percent compared to the previous year. Alphabet’s revenue was estimated at $257.6 billion in 2021.

Alphabet’s net profit, on the other hand, fell 34% year-on-year to $13.6 billion in the last quarter of last year. The company had a net profit of $20.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The company’s net profit in 2022 was $59.9 billion. The company reported a profit of $76 billion in 2021. Alphabet’s earnings per share, which was $1.53 in the fourth quarter of 2021, also fell to $1.05 in the same period last year.

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Inflation continues to fall in the Netherlands: January inflation is 7.6%

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Inflation continues to fall in the Netherlands January inflation is 7.6

Inflation fell to 7.6% last month, according to the Dutch Statistical Institute’s (CBS) preliminary estimate.

Since February last year, life was rapidly becoming more expensive. In September, inflation peaked at 14.5%. But over the last few months, prices have risen a little less sharply.

January was the fourth month in a row that inflation fell compared to the previous month. This is entirely due to gas, electricity and gasoline prices, which rose last year but have fallen recently.

The fall in inflation has not yet been reflected in supermarkets.

In order to make a good comparison with other European countries, CBS presented, among other things, inflation figures calculated according to the European harmonized method, which does not take into account housing rents. According to this method, inflation, which was 11% in December, was stated as 8.4% in January.

CBS noted that this is a quick initial estimate. Final figures will be announced by the Statistics office later this month.

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8% increase in minimum wage in Spain

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that by increasing the minimum wage by 8 percent, the minimum wage, which is currently 1000 euros per month and will be paid 14 times a year with bonuses, will be increased to 1080 euros.

Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez, in his speech in the Senate to explain the social and economic effects of the Ukraine-Russia war, announced the minimum wage increase as 8 percent.

Reminding that the minimum wage was 735 euros in 2018, the year they first came to power, Sanchez underlined that they have decided to raise 36 percent in total with the increase they have made every year.

“With this new hike, we have increased the minimum wage to 60 percent of the average Spanish salary,” Sanchez said. Thus, we have fulfilled our democratic obligation towards our workers and our commitment in the legislative process.” said.

Since the socialist government came to power, the minimum wage, which is paid 14 times a year, with bonuses twice a year, has been increased to 764 euros in 2018, 900 euros in 2019, 950 in 2020, 965 euros in 2021 and 1000 euros in 2022.

CRITICAL TO COMPANIES THAT DISCLOSE HIGH PROFITS

Sanchez also pointed out that the purchasing power of Spaniards has decreased greatly in recent years, and criticized the big companies that declared high profits by making profit distribution only to senior managers.

Prime Minister Sanchez said:

“In the last 10 years, the average price increase in the products purchased by Spaniards has been 17.6 percent, while the rate of increase in the employees of companies in the private sector remained at 10.6 percent. This is unacceptable. In 1999, a Spaniard could buy a house equal to the sum of his 4 years’ salary. Now they cannot buy a house even with a total salary of 8 years. I think this is not fair. Why are the profits distributed to a few people? That needs to be changed.”

There are more than 2.5 million minimum wage workers in Spain.

WHAT HAPPENED?

On the other hand, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor Yolanda Diaz had invited union leaders and the President of the Spanish Confederation of Industrialists and Employers, Antonio Garamendi, to a meeting this morning to determine the minimum wage increase.

Garamendi did not attend the meeting on the grounds that the government did not forward its proposal for a minimum wage increase to them and did not respond to their written requests.

Albert Nunez Feijoo, leader of the main opposition right-wing People’s Party (PP), accused Prime Minister Sanchez of “lying to the Spaniards by hiding the country’s truth”.

Feijoo said, “While the government shows its economic steps as a victory, Spain is the country with the highest increase in foreign debt among EU countries, the last country to reach the Gross Domestic Product before Kovid-19 and the highest unemployment rate in the EU. told.

In the last general elections held in Spain in 2019, the Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) led by Sanchez and the ultra-leftist Unidas Podemos formed a coalition government with the outside support of the separatist Basque and Catalan parties in the parliament.

Although the latest polls in Spain, where the general election will be held in November under normal circumstances, show PSOE as the party that will win the elections, it is commented that the PP and the far-right Vox party will capture the necessary majority to form the government.

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At least 600,000 households in the Netherlands suffer from high energy costs

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At least 600000 households in the Netherlands suffer from high energy costs

600,000 households in the Netherlands live in energy poverty. The main reasons for this are rising energy costs, poor insulation and low income.

If a household has to live on minimum wage or benefits, even a small increase in energy prices can cause payment problems, and the problem is exacerbated when you add living in poorly insulated housing. In such a situation, households have to cope with “energy poverty”.

Research organization TNO published the report “Energy poverty in the Netherlands 2022”. According to the report, it was stated that more than 600,000 households lived in energy poverty last year. In other words, the energy costs of hundreds of thousands of households have increased, besides, the insulation of the houses is very bad and the people living in these houses are generally low-income.

Without the government’s support, the figure would have reached millions!
According to the figures announced by TNO, while 510 thousand households in the country had to cope with energy poverty two years ago, this figure increased to at least 600 thousand households last year. According to TNO, the increase would have been much higher had it not been for the government’s energy assistance.

TNO, who reached this conclusion by comparing the data of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in 2020 with the high energy prices in 2022, states that the energy incentives given last year and the data obtained with energy savings are also used in the calculations.

Peter Mulder, one of the researchers at the institution, stated that the energy aid provided brakes on the increase in the number of energy poor houses, and said that “if it were not for the financial support of the government, the number of energy poor households would have increased by two compared to 2020 and exceeded one million.”
Two-thirds of energy-poor households belong to home offices
More than two-thirds of energy-poor households are home office-owned residences, according to TNO figures. Nearly 20 percent of energy-poor homes are private sector rentals, and around 12 percent are purchased homes.

Most residents of low-energy-label households are single-person households and single-parent families. 19 percent of those living in an energy-poor house in 2020 and 33 percent in 2022 consist of families with children.

According to the study, most of the households affected by energy poverty are located in the eastern and northeastern parts of the country and in major cities. Energy poverty is particularly prevalent in Noordoost-Groningen, Zuid-Limburg, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Arnhem and its environs, as well as in Almelo and Enschede.

Mulder explains that “there are relatively many low-income households in these areas and their homes are poorly insulated. This is not a good combination at all with high energy prices.”

Costs increased
Energy poor households spent an average of 12.7 percent of their income on energy costs last year, up from 9 percent in 2020, according to the TNO study. In other words, while energy-poor households paid 65 euros more than the monthly average in 2020, they had to pay 190 euros more than usual in 2022. It is estimated that the increase in the cost of the invoice could reach an average of 260 euros without government support.

The researchers noted that in the Netherlands overall, households spent 4.2 percent of their income on energy costs in 2020, but last year, the bill paid for energy increased to 7.8 percent of income.

The only solution is to increase sustainability
According to researcher Peter Mulder, the only way out of this situation is to increase the sustainability of residences, especially rental homes with low energy labels.

According to the researcher, there are 415,000 energy-poor houses with F and G labels. These houses can only be heated at great cost. He states that insulating these houses will enable the person living in that house to save money, improve his health, and thus reduce the health costs.

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Sony raises fiscal 2022 net profit forecast
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