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It isn’t particularly surprising for any drivers in the Netherlands, but that doesn’t make it any less painful; Dutch petrol prices have been rising steadily for years, but last week they reached a new high, as the recommended retail price hit 2 euros per litre for the first time. 

Dutch petrol prices reach 2 euro mark

Earlier this year, a handful of petrol stations in the Netherlands were caught selling petrol at 2 euros a litre for the first time, but since then prices had dropped slightly, remaining below the crucial 2 euro mark. 

This relief was seemingly short-lived, as data from consumer collective UnitedConsumers has revealed that last weekend, the average suggested retail price for a litre of E10 (Euro95) petrol was 2,012 euros. Meanwhile, the prices of LPG and diesel have also reached record highs, at 1,032 and 1,667 euros a litre respectively. 

Rising petrol prices in the Netherlands

Since then, prices have continued to rise; by Wednesday, the average price had risen to 2,03 euros, and prices could continue to climb. According to VNPI, the Dutch petrol industry association, the rising prices can be attributed to two things: Dutch taxes, and the price of oil. 

Oil prices are rising as the economy gradually recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, but also as a result of the current gas shortage in Europe which is seeing energy prices rise at an alarming rate across the continent. Oil is therefore seen as a more affordable and reliable alternative. 

Petrol prices could, therefore, continue to rise, but UnitedConsumers’ Paul van Sels says it’s unlikely that the Netherlands will see it reach 3 euros a litre in the (near) future. He does, however, suggest that the Dutch government may have to cut taxes if prices continue to climb.

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Up until the beginning of September, Dutch authorities had issued 11.600 fines to members of the public who failed to comply with the face mask rule for public transport

Over 11.000 fines issued for failing to wear a mask

The mandatory face mask rule for public transport was introduced by the Dutch government on June 1, 2020, and in spite of the recent relaxations to a number of coronavirus restrictions, the rule remains in place. 

Since coming into effect last summer, public transport enforcers (handhavers) and community service officers (BOAs) have issued 11.600 fines for failing to wear a face mask, and have reported 5.600 incidents with unruly or aggressive passengers who took issue with the rule (e.g. members of the public who assaulted fellow passengers). 

Face mask mandate on Dutch public transport

Anyone who travels using public transport in the Netherlands and refuses to wear a face mask risks a fine of 95 euros. BOAs have agreed that fines will only be issued once a member of the public has already received one official warning. 

While public transport companies have asked for the government to lift the mask mandate, it appears as though the rule will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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Home not to one but two renowned research universities, the QS Best Student Cities ranking has selected the Dutch capital as one of the top 25 cities around the world for students. 

QS Best Student Cities ranking 2022

The QS Best Student Cities ranking provides an annual overview of the best places to study and live as an international student, basing the ranking on a range of indicators grouped into six categories: 

  • University rankings (the performance of the institution in the QS World University Rankings)
  • Student mix (the number of international students and size of overall student body in comparison to local population)
  • Desirability (safety and liveability)
  • Employer activity (jobs for graduates)
  • Affordability 
  • Student view (student experience)

In order to be featured in the ranking, a city must have a population of at least 250.000 and be home to at least two universities featured in the most recent QS World University Ranking. Each city receives an overall score out of 100 which determines its place in the rankings.

With a perfect score, London has once again topped the Best Student Cities ranking thanks to the number of world-class academic institutions as well as plenty of employment opportunities for graduates. Munich claimed the second spot, with Germany one of only two countries to see two of its cities making it into the top 10

Amsterdam as a great city for international students

Amsterdam is the only Dutch city to qualify for this year’s rankings, and achieved a fairly respectable 21st place out of the 115 cities included in the list. With an overall score of 85 out of 100, the Dutch capital beats out other popular European student cities such as Manchester and Stockholm.

The city performed particularly well in both the desirability and student view categories, placing in sixth and 14th place respectively. Unsurprisingly to those already studying in the Netherlands, the city was let down by its performance in the affordability rank, where it came in a measly 77th place.

QS says the city’s ranking “reflects its high quality of life, vibrant student community, and good ratings from graduate employers both locally and further afield.” Its performance in the desirability category emphasises Amsterdam’s tolerance and high standard of living, as well as the abundance of art, culture and nightlife.

The best student cities in the world

According to the 2022 ranking, the best student cities in the world are:

  • 1. London, United Kingdom
  • 2. Munich, Germany
  • =3. Seoul, South Korea
  • =3. Tokyo, Japan
  • 5. Berlin, Germany
  • 6. Melbourne, Australia
  • 7. Zurich, Switzerland
  • 8. Sydney, Australia
  • =9. Boston, United States
  • =9. Montreal, Canada

For more information about the ranking, visit the QS website.

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While it may be standard for many people in the Netherlands to work part-time, the Christian National Trade Union (CNV) is calling for a standard 30-hour workweek to be introduced as soon as possible. 

Standardising the four-day work week in the Netherlands

The standard Dutch work contract is 38 hours, but can range from 36 to 40 hours a week. However, around three-quarters of people in the Netherlands choose to work part-time – anything from 12 to 36 hours a week – and there is increasing debate about the efficacy of implementing a standard four-day workweek in order to improve productivity as well as work-life balance. 

While jobs in the Netherlands already tend to be more lenient about working part-time, the CNV would like to see the Dutch government implement a 30-hour workweek as soon as possible, with the aim that cutting hours while maintaining current salaries would improve overall mental health and reduce cases of burnout amongst employees. 

Improved productivity and work-life balance when working part-time 

“Hundreds of thousands of people are completely worn out,” says CNV director Piet Fortuin. “High time for a new balance…Several trials show that people are happier, more efficient and more productive, and the work-life balance improves greatly.”

A recent poll conducted by the CNV found that the majority of union members would like to see a shorter workweek become the norm. Three in five felt that working fewer hours would leave them healthier and happier, while two-thirds said working fewer hours would reduce cases of absenteeism and sick leave. Furthermore, almost 75 percent thought a four-day week would improve work-life balance, and half of respondents said they expect they’d be more productive and efficient working only 30 hours a week.

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This post provides information about exactly how to travel from Schiphol Airport to The Hague City Centre, involving information about numerous transfer services and opportunities to save money on this service.

Train Service
Shuttle Bus
Private Car/SUV
Hotel Shuttle Services
Uber/Taxi

TAKE THE TRAIN

The Dutch National Rail (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) runs trains from Schiphol Airport to The Hague Central Station in approximately 30-45 mins.
This choice will cost around EUR12.50 each with a EUR1 additional charge for non reusable tickets. You can get admission at either a ticket machine or a ticket desk.
Naturally, if you intend to take all the guesswork from it, you can also buy an The Hague & Regional Travel Ticket.
This sort of ticket is good for 1-3 days at a time, and it is valid throughout basically all public transportation in The Hague.
For even more information, please review our article covering The Hague’s public transport.
You can also purchase tickets right here or find out more (Affiliate Disclosure).

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You can additionally purchase a train ticket with at least one The Hague tourist pass, which we will certainly cover in our promotions part.
If you’re trying to find a possibly more affordable choice, think about taking the train from Schiphol Airport to The Hague HS station.

Schiphol Airport Train Station

These tickets only cost EUR10 2nd class (with EUR1 disposable ticket surcharge).
At The Hague HS station, you can transfer onto the Tram line 16 and head in the direction of the city centre. This option is additionally available if you purchase an The Hague & Regional Traveling Ticket.
Each arrival point at Schiphol Airport is rather near to the main station hall.
There are 6 underground platforms to leave from, yet you need to head to platform 1, 2, or 3 to take a train to The Hague.
You can get to the underground platforms by escalator or stairs from the main station hall.

The Hague Airport Shuttle

An additional bonus is that your ticket valid for 1 1/2 hrs and it can be accepted on all other public transport in The Hague.
Because the trip to the city centre normally only takes one hr, that gives you a lot of time to use your transfer to get to a different area of the city if required.
Tickets can be ordered from the chauffeur or at the Public Transport Service booth near stops B9-B15.
Alternatively, you can additionally order tickets online (Affiliate Disclosure) in advance to prevent bothering with paying prices on site.
Alternatively, you can additionally use your transfer to hop on tram 12, which will take you to the Museumplein area.
Even much better, if you’re not interested in paying for specific tickets, you can also use a 1-7 day bus pass to get on bus 69 and take your time travelling around the city.
A few of these day pass alternatives are included with traveler passes, letting you to save money on public transport. For even more information, please check our discount area.

TAKE AN AIRPORT TAXI OR UBER.

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Express Airport Taxi in The Hague

Similar to pretty much all airports, there are almost always airport taxis waiting at Schiphol to take you to your location in The Hague.
Although this alternative isn’t usually the most affordable, airport taxi will usually cost around as much as a private vehicle or van at an average price of about EUR99-EUR130 for a journey to the city centre.
You’ll locate airport taxis right outside the main station hall and to the right.
You can expect a journey to The Hague to take about 50-60 minutes on average, but it could be as fast as 30-40 mins depending on traffic.
Consider booking Express Taxi Service if you’re worried concerning taxi prices getting out of control due to heavy traffic.
This provider exclusively runs Luxurious vehicles and they provide a fixed price of EUR59 to any where in The Hague.
They also have a fixed price of EUR69 to Delft City, if they have a cab close by when you call from the airport! To ask for a Express Cab ride, call +31( 0 )70-2601445.
Alternatively, you can also see the their internet site www.express-taxi.nl to reserve an Airport transfer from Schiphol Airport to The Hague City Centre.

 

TAKE AN EXCLUSIVE CAR OR MINIBUS

There are a number of exclusive shuttle services offered in The Hague which offer vehicle between Schiphol Airport and the city centre.
The most prominent choices are either by vehicle or high end van, and each of them offers door to door transfers from the airport to just about any location in or around The Hague.
As if that weren’t sufficient, these services are available basically 24 hr a day, so they’ll constantly be ready to take you up anytime you land.

Exclusive Car Shuttle|EUR44 per person (up to 3 individuals).
Private Van Shuttle Bus|EUR61 each (up to 7 passenger).

There are no promos available on exclusive airport transfers to The Hague City Centre.
While this is an excellent alternative if you don’t feel like awaiting a bus or train and you desire a break from the public, it’s worth noting that you’ll save a lot even more cash with one more sort of transfer service.
The majority of private shuttles will certainly satisfy you at the airport and lead you towards the vehicle, so you don’t have to bother with getting lost searching for your shuttle bus!

TAKE THE HOTEL SHUTTLE MINIBUS

In addition to line 397, Connexxion also offers a minibus shuttle service from Schiphol Airport directly to your hotel.
If you’re looking for a transfer that will take you directly to the hotel, this is an excellent alternative to exclusive shuttles.
The Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle bus leaves every half an hour from 6:00 am– 21:30 (9:30 pm) and you can find the minibus at bay A7 outside the station hall.
These buses have about 8 seats, so they’re almost like a private vehicle, and ticket prices are a little more affordable as well.

Grown-up Costs
EUR48.50/ One Way
EUR79.50/ Return.

Children Prices (4-14).
EUR19.75/ One Way.
EUR24.75/ Return.
Free for children under 4.
Promotions are offered for teams of 3-8 people. Limit promotion offered is for 8 individuals, and the total cost for this service is EUR176 one way and EUR228 for return tickets.
You can get tickets at the Connexxion desk in the Arrivals Hall 4.
You can additionally pay for this service separately at the The Hague Tourist Centres or participating hotels.

Discount Sites.

If all else falls short, you can constantly check sites such as Groupon to see if they’re presently supplying any type of bargains on shuttle bus or car services from Schiphol airport.
These services usually supply promos on numerous transport alternatives, and they additionally often offer added voucher codes for an additional 10%– 20% off.
Before you purchase, check both the top and bottom of the page for any banners which might include a promo code you can use to save a lot more money.

As was introduced adhering to the coronavirus interview on September 14, brand-new traveling as well as quarantine guidelines enter result in the Netherlands on September 22 – right here’s every little thing you require to learn about the kicked back traveling guidelines and also what they indicate for you.

Dutch federal government unwinds traveling limitations and also quarantine regulation

Up previously, the Dutch federal government has actually utilized the EU traveling white checklist to identify the traveling guidelines for nations beyond the EU. Under the present regulations, all visitors showing up from really risky locations are needed to quarantine for a minimum of 5 days upon arrival in the Netherlands.

Nevertheless, this quarantine commitment will transform: from September 22, immunized visitors from risky locations are no more called for to quarantine.

Necessary quarantine policy raised for really risky nations

Since September 22, immunized tourists showing up from the list below nations are no more called for to quarantine:

  • Afghanistan
  • American Virgin Islands
  • Anguilla
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guyana
  • Haïti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Lesotho
  • Malaysia
  • Martinique
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • North Macedonia
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Philippines
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Kitts and also Nevis
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Thailand
  • UK
  • USA
  • Venezuela

While the quarantine guideline has actually been modified, visitors showing up from particular risky locations will certainly still be needed to provide an adverse coronavirus examination (PCR or antigen) prior to leaving for the Netherlands, no matter their inoculation condition. PCR examination outcomes can be an optimum of 48 hrs old, while antigen examination results should be an optimum of 24 hrs old.

Travellers that are not totally immunized – also those with a main recuperation certification – will certainly still be needed to quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands.

UNITED STATES raises entrance restriction for tourists from the Netherlands

Along with the adjustment of Dutch traveling guidelines, today the USA introduced that in November it would lastly be raising its access restriction for immunized visitors from the EU, in addition to those from the UK, China, and also Brazil.

The United States will certainly acknowledge all injections accepted by the Globe Health and wellness Organisation (also those that do not have FDA authorization), yet immunized tourists will certainly still be needed to offer a current unfavorable coronavirus examination prior to leaving for the United States.

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Time publication’s checklist of the top 100 most significant individuals includes a variety of well-known names – from Joe Biden to Britney Spears – yet this version of the checklist additionally identifies a handful of significant individuals from the Netherlands; Roger Cox, Frans Timmermans, as well as Geert Jan van Oldenborgh.

Roger Cox: The legal representative that brought Covering to its knees

Cox might originate from Maastricht, yet this environment attorney has actually created a worldwide track record many thanks to his duty in a situation versus Royal Dutch Covering. Back in Might, the Limburger won what previous Vice Head of state Al Gore called a David vs Goliath lawful fight that compelled Covering to decrease its exhausts by 45 percent by2030

Gore applauded Cox for his “cutting-edge strategy” to the instance, composing that the success damaged crucial ground that “might urge services around the world to act ambitiously to guard the wellness of future generations.”

Along with this site success, Cox past successes saw the Dutch federal government lower its exhausts by 25 percent by2020 The legal representative’s success saw him classified a leader by the Leading 100 listing.

Frans Timmermans: Aiding the EU attain carbon nonpartisanship

Likewise, to Cox, Timmermans has actually been identified a leader by Time for his innovative job to shield world Earth. As Vice Head Of State of the European Compensation, Timmermans introduced the Suitable for 55 program in the EU – a plan of policies made to reduce EU greenhouse gas exhausts by 55 percent by2030

Christiana Figueres, founder of Worldwide Positive outlook and also previous exec assistant of the UN Structure Convention on Environment Modification, called Suitable for 55 an “essential landmark in the direction of the objective of getting to carbon nonpartisanship by 2050,” as well as commended Timmermans for his dedication to attaining this objective. “He strolls where couple of have actually ventured forth, however where all countries should adhere to,” Figueres created.

Geert Jan van Oldenborgh: An environment scientist doing a globe of excellent

Sharing his setting with German climatologist Friederike Otto, Van Oldenborgh includes in the Innovators area of the Leading 100 listing, along with the similarity Elon Musk. Beside his job as an environment scientist at the Dutch Weather Condition Institute, Van Oldenborgh collaborates with Otto as well as their associates at the Globe Weather condition Acknowledgment job to connect private (severe) weather condition occasions to environment adjustment.

” Many Thanks to Friederike Otto as well as Geert Jan van Oldenborgh … we can currently talk a lot more with confidence,” created writer and also conservationist Expense McKibben. Their job validated that numerous rising heatwaves and also storms would certainly be “basically difficult without human-caused environment modification.”

McKibben states the rate at which Van Oldenborgh and also Otto execute as well as release their study “suggests that individuals checking out our speeding up string of catastrophes significantly obtain one of the most vital details of all: it’s originating from us.”

TIME100: One of the most significant individuals of 2021

Intrigued to recognize that else got the honour of being called among one of the most prominent individuals of 2021? Go to the TIME100 site

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