Definitions

List with definitions of the concepts used by CBS in their statistics. Using the same definitions throughout makes comparison of figures easier.

List of definitions

Foundation carrying out the early retirement scheme for a given company or branch of industry.

Production in agriculture and horticulture without the use of fertiliser and chemical pesticides.

The collection of work activities aimed at the production of goods and services.

Explanation
This not only involves business activities but also activities from non-profit organisations and government.

See also: Dutch Standard industrial classification (SBI 2008)

A group of economic transactions by kind. The breakdown is made for the statistical description of economic processes.

Area consisting of one or more municipalities that form a unit in economic and geographic terms.

The volume growth of the gross domestic product (GDP) usually at market prices.

Situation in which personal income from primary sources exceeds 70 percent of the net minimum wage.

Organised communication of a non-incidental nature aimed to transmit knowledge, increase insights and/or train skills.

See: Dutch Standard Classification of Education (SOI)

The place in the classification of educational programs by level according to the Dutch Standard Classification of Education (SOI) 1978. This level is based on the minimum educational attainment level that is needed in order to complete the program successfully.

The place in the classification of educational programs by level according to the Dutch Standard Classification of Education (SOI) 1998. This level is based on the minimum educational attainment level that is needed in order to complete the program successfully and the length of the program.

The place in the classification of educational programs by level according to the Dutch Standard Classification of Education (SOI) 2003. This level is based on the minimum educational attainment level that is needed in order to complete the program successfully, the length of the program and the access the program gives to any further education.

'In analogy with the ISCED 1997 this is defined as an array or sequence of educational activities or courses. It is the basic unit in the Dutch classification of education (SOI) and the ISCED.

The SOI is the standard classification of educational programs in the Netherlands. An SOI sector is the focal area of a program. It comprises the following sectors: general, pedagogy, humanities (incl. languages) agriculture, technology, economy, medicine, social-cultural, legal/government administration and personal/social care. Sector is the highest (4th) level of aggregation of the field of education.

See also: Dutch Standard Classification of Education (SOI) 1998

Treated waste water flowing from the waste water treatment plant to the surface water.

Occasion where voters can elect their representatives in parliament (Second Chamber), Provincial Council, the European Parliament or the municipal council.

Flow of electrons used to light lamps or to operate washing machines. Electrons are elementary particles in an atom with a negative charge that flow by a potential difference

People leaving for another country.

See also: International migration

Emigration including administrative corrections. People leaving for another country plus people removed on administrative grounds, minus people entered on administrative grounds.

See: Emigration, Balance of administrative corrections

People who have paid work for twelve hours or more.

Explanation
This definition of the employed labour force was used in publications of Statistics Netherlands until 2015. The definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 65 years old.

Someone working for a company located in the Netherlands, or an institution or private household in the Netherlands.

Explanation
Persons employed are all persons having paid jobs, even for only one or some hours a week, and even if they:
- work legally as such, but without registration for income tax and social security (“undeclared work”);
- are temporarily not at work, but have continued receipt of wages or salary (for instance owing to illness or hold-ups due to frost);
- are on a temporary unpaid-leave.

See also: Job, Employment status

A person who has a contract with an economic unit to carry out work in return for financial remuneration.

See also: Employment status

Fiscally attractive legal measure to stimulate saving among employees.

See also: Save-as-you-earn deduction

Insurance for employees, that is people with an employment contract.

The part of social insurance premiums paid by employers.

Payments by employers to (former) employees, directly without involvement of the social funds.

The premiums paid by employers to social security on the gross wages. These include imputed and actual social premiums and actual pension premiums, and payments made directly by the employer.

See also: Labour costs, Social contributions

An umbrella concept for the filled and unfilled demand for work by employees and self-employed people. Several related concepts are jobs, unfilled vacancies, employed people, employed labour force and labour volume.

Division of the employed labour force by: Employee - fixed - flexible Self-employed person - who does not employ others - who employs others - who is a family worker

Explanation
If a person has more than one employment, then the employment with the highest number of working hours is taken into consideration.

See also: Employee, Self-employed person

The capacity to perform work.

Explanation
This capacity is usually directed at the effective use of heat or power. Examples are natural gas, petroleum, wind energy and electricity.

The total of raw materials and products registered under the Combined Nomenclature for international trade (chapter 27 numbers 29022000-29029080 and tariffs 3403 and 3811). This includes crude oil, oil products, gas, coal and electricity.

Company that extracts, converts or produces energy for third parties.

The production of energy sources from other energy sources.

See also:

Heat produced by incineration of waste, combustion of wood and gas produced by fermentation of organic material.

Raw material that functions as source of energy (e.g. petroleum, natural gas, coal), electricity, steam and forms of renewable energy.

See also: Primary energy source, Secondary energy

Levy on natural gas, electricity and other heating fuels (oil, petroleum, LPG not used as car or boat fuel.)

The sum of imports, extractions and stock reductions minus the supplies of energy sources.

Transport, manufacturing industry, households, services and agriculture. In other words: all companies, institutions and private households, with the exception of energy companies

The installed power for propelling inland vessels.

The actual transactor in the production process characterised by independence in decisions about the process and by providing products to others.

See also: Legal entity, Kind-of-activity unit, Enterprise group, Enterprise group

'The statistical unit of the EU's production system, consisting of the smallest combination of legal units (or equivalent). It is an organisational unit that produces goods and services and has a certain degree of independence in power of decision, especially with regard to how its current assets are used. It may consist of one or more legal units and carry out one or more activities in one or more locations.

See also: Enterprise, Kind-of-activity unit, Location

An association of enterprises bound together by legal and/or financial links.

Explanation
A group of enterprises can have more than one decision-making centre, especially for policy on production, sales and profit. It may centralise certain aspects of financial management and taxation. It constitutes an economic entity which is empowered to make choices, particularly concerning the units which it comprises.

See also: Enterprise

Transit goods at customs stored for a definite period in a bonded warehouse (a storage space in the Netherlands for goods on which import duties and levies still have to be paid.)

A person who works for his/her own account and risk in an own company or practice (self-employed entrepreneur) or as owner of a company who is on the payroll of the own company as a director (owner-manager).

See also: Owner-manager, Self-employed entrepreneur, Self-employed person

All annual costs of activities aiming to protect, restore or improve the environment.

Measure with the primary motive of reducing the environmental burden.

The levies on ground water, tap water, waste, fuel, uranium and energy.

See also: Tax on waste, Fuel tax, Energy tax, Tax on groundwater, Water tax

Rent and lease of machinery, equipment and computers (excluding software) and (office) furniture and equipment.

A hydrocarbon consisting two carbon and six hydrogen atoms (C2H6).

The composition of the European Union from 1 January 1981: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany (Federal Republic), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK.

See also: European Union

The composition of the European Union from 1 January 1986: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany (Federal Republic), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

See also: European Union

The composition of the European Union from 1 January 1995: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

See also: European Union

The composition of the European Union from 1 May 2004: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

See also: European Union

The composition of the European Union from 1 January 2007: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

See also: European Union

The composition of the European Union from 1 January 1958: Belgium, France, Germany (Federal Republic), Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands.

See also: European Union

The composition of the European Union from 1 January 1973: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany (Federal Republic), Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK.

See also: European Union

Unleaded motor gasoline with an octane rating of less than 98.

Unleaded motor gasoline with an octane rating between 95 and 98.

The European Union consists of the following countries. The year in which they joined is shown between brackets: Austria (1995), Belgium (1958), Bulgaria (2007), Cyprus (2004), Czech Republic (2004), Denmark (1973), Estonia (2004), Finland (1995), France(1958), Germany (1958), Greece (1981), Hungary (2004), Ireland (1973), Italy (1958), Latvia (2004), Lithuania (2004), Luxembourg (1958), Malta (2004), the Netherlands (1958), Poland (2004), Portugal (1986), Romania (2007), Slovakia (2004), Slovenia (2004), Spain (1986), Sweden (1995), and the UK (1973).

The intentional ending of a person’s life by someone other than the person involved at his or her explicit request.

Age on the last birthday, that is the number of years that passed between the day of birth and the last birthday.

A social insurance for the entire population against the risk of exceptional medical expenses.

Explanation
These are major risks not insured under normal health insurance. They also include preventative health care.

The result of the exceptional income minus the exceptional expenses. Exceptional income includes profits that do not come out of regular business transactions. For instance differences in exchange rates, positive results from participations, foreign holdings, investments etc. Exceptional expenses are losses that do not come out of regular business transactions. For instance differences in exchange rates, negative results from participations, foreign holdings, investments etc. reorganisation costs.

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The relative price of various currencies. The rates are expressed in terms of the price in another currency.

Index showing the ratio between the average development of export and import prices.

An area where archives can be exhibited.

The purchase value of the fixed material assets that will be used in the current or next year.

Health as the person experiences it him or herself

Goods and services sold by residents to the rest of the world (non-residents).

See also: Resident, Export of services

The value of exports as a percentage of the value of imports.

Services traded by residents with the rest of the world.

See also: Resident

Exports in relation to the production value (of an industry) or GDP (in the economy as a whole).

The value of all goods, including costs insurance freight (CIF) up to the Dutch border. The goods are domestically produced or imported.

See also: Resident

Taking somebody into custody for a maximum of four days on the orders of the public prosecutor when the time allowed to hold a suspect for questioning (six hours) is insufficient.

See also: Public prosecutor, Police, Suspect

The part of the balance of payments recording changes in the financial assets and liabilities of the rest of the world.

See also: Capital transfer, Capital account

The possibility of computer communication with computers of other parties.

Taking energy providers from nature. In the energy statistics the term extraction is also used for the production of steam by splitting uranium in nuclear plants. Also the production of electricity by windmills or solar panels or the production of heat in solar collectors is seen as extraction.

Deportation from the Netherlands to hand someone over to the authorities of another country because he/she committed a crime.

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