Moving with the times
According to a recent analysis, crowdfunding, crowd financing, and crowd investing in the Netherlands showed strong growth of 31 percent last year. A total of €223 million euros was raised through Dutch crowd initiatives in 2017, which financed over 5,300 separate projects.
Body of missing student found
A body found in the water of the Noordersingel in Leeuwarden on New Year’s Day is that of 18-year-old student Remon Bruinsma. Missing for a month, Bruinsma was last seen leaving a pub in the city’s Nieuwestad district at 2.00am on December 1 after a night out. The investigation continues.
Man kills himself and his son
A 46-year-old man killed himself and his four-year-old son by jumping in front of a train last Saturday night in Haarle, Overijssel province. Some 200 people kill themselves by jumping in front of trains in the Netherlands every year.
A small frisian village called Eastermar won the top prize in the Postcode Lottery’s New Year draw. Just two addresses in the village with the postcode 9261 XC took part in the lottery and they will share the €26.95 million winnings.
Population now 17.2m
The official population of the Netherlands rose 100,000 last year to reach 17.2 million. In total, some 233,000 ‘foreigners’ – including refugees – moved to the Netherlands while 151,000 left, increasing the population by 82,000. In addition, 19,000 more babies were born than people died.