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In the early years of the 21st Century

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*** Extreme Weather ***

In the Netherlands, extreme weather events have become more frequent with extreme rainfall events a concern. There are intense downpours, especially during summer heatwaves.  Lately these heatwaves have become prolonged and more frequent. In the high emissions scenario, the Netherlands could see about 13 tropical days (temperatures above 30°C) annually by 2050. By the end of this century, temperatures may reach 40°C.  [Note: The country has only reached 40°C once since temperature measurements began in 1901.]  adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

*** ARCHIVES ***

The World Factbook – The Netherlands

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 16 November 2020]

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[accessed 6 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - the sixth-largest economy in the European Union, important role as a European transportation hub, with a consistently high trade surplus, stable industrial relations, and low unemployment.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $53,900 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 1.2%

industry: 17.2%

services: 81.6% (2015 est.)

Unemployment rate: 4.9% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 8.8% (2015 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 5 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 3.5 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.7 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 3.61 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project – The Netherlands

[accessed 22 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ The Fight For Women’s Rights In The Netherlands

~ Artificial Pollinators To Fight World Hunger

~ Innovations In Poverty Eradication In The Netherlands

~ Hunger In The Netherlands

~ Refugee Poverty In The Netherlands

~ New Approach In The Netherlands To Combat Child Poverty

~ Improvements To Water Quality In The Netherlands

The World Bank in Netherlands

[accessed 21 April 2021]

A founding member of the World Bank, the Netherlands supports international efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, boost economic growth, promote peace, and end poverty.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 8 December 2020]

Because of its geographic position on the sea, outstanding harbor facilities, and numerous internal waterways, the Netherlands became a trading, transporting, and brokerage nation. A major role in the economy has always been played by the service industries, such as banks, trading companies, shipping enterprises, and brokerage and supply firms. The economy, being involved in international trade, is sharply affected by economic developments abroad—including fluctuations in prices of primary goods—over which the Netherlands has little or no control.

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