Alongside the war in Iraq and the heat wave, gloomy economic news dominated Dutch headlines in 2003.
The economy is in recession and unemployment is rising sharply. There were a few bright spots: inflation is falling and mortgage rates are now at their lowest level for nearly fifty years.
The year in figures 2003 gives an overview of some important aspects of Dutch society in the last year. The figures for 2003 were calculated at the end of October 2003.
The publication is obtainable from the Sales Department.