Country moves up to 5th spot in UN’s World Happiness Report 2019
The Netherlands continues to be one of the happiest places in the world. It is the fifth happiest country, moving up one place in the new World Happiness Report 2019.
The report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on 20 March, the day that the United Nations has declared to be the International Day of Happiness.
Finland ranked first in the index followed by Norway, Iceland and Denmark.
Factors that support well-being
The report ranks 156 countries on six key factors that support well-being: income, freedom to make life choices, healthy life expectancy, social support, generosity and corruptions levels.
The disparity between wealth and happiness has caused policy makers to broaden their scope and look for other indicators to assess the health of nations, rather than just measuring economic success through GDP.
Quality of life
This year’s happiness report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes. Special chapters focus on generosity and prosocial behavior, the effects of happiness on voting behavior, big data, and the happiness effects of internet use and addictions.
The report is based on international surveys in which thousands of respondents were asked to imagine a ladder with steps number 0 to 10 and say where they felt they stood.
Attractive for doing business
The Netherlands offers a favorable living environment with an exceptional quality of life. Furthermore, it is the country with the best work-life balance, according to the OECD Better Life Index. The quality of life in the Netherlands is an important factor in the country’s business climate and thereby contributes to attracting foreign companies.
Source: World Happiness Report 2019
On 28 March, Business.gov.nl, the official source of information for doing business in the Netherlands by the Dutch government, broadcasts a free English webinar ‘Financing your business in the Netherlands'.
It will be a high-quality webinar, made in collaboration with Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK), the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Dutch Banking Association (NVB), Qredits (Dutch expert in microfinance) and ‘Geld voor elkaar’ (Dutch crowdfunding platform). The topics will be discussed by experts, including useful and practical advice. Short animated videos and visuals will also be used to clarify. A webcare team will be present during the webinar to answer your online questions.
What can you expect?
The webinar consists of four parts:
1. What is the Dutch financial sector / climate like, and how does it work?
2. How do I prepare my funding application?
3. What are the options for funding in the Netherlands?
4. How do I present the perfect pitch?
Live broadcast: Thursday 28 March 2019, 11:00 and 20:00h CET and on demand afterwards
How do I participate?
Free registration is possible via the following link: https://business.gov.nl/webinar-financing-your-business-in-the-netherlands/. This will also the URL to watch the webinar on the 28th or afterwards on-demand (of course live-chat is only available 28 March).
For more information, see business.gov.nl
Internet traffic over the AMS-IX, the world’s leading internet exchange, broke through the 6 Terabits per second barrier and peaked at 6.3 Terabits per second yesterday 19 February 2019 around 21:30 (CET).
Throughout 2018, AMS-IX has seen a large growth. We have seen a 20% increase of connected capacity and an uptake of 35% of 100GE ports. Overall, this means that the port capacity between the different networks are getting bigger, allowing more traffic to be exchanged over our platform.” AMS-IX CEO Peter van Burgel comments: “This growth combined with our newly announced 2019 prices makes AMS-IX one of the most cost-effective technical platforms for networks to exchange internet traffic. It is great to see that these developments result into new traffic peaks.”
With an installed capacity of approximately 8,000 MW, Eemshaven is a major energy port, and the expected increase in sustainably produced electricity from offshore wind farms and solar energy will only increase this immense figure. In order to ‘dispose of’ all this electricity on the network, the transport capacity will need to be further expanded, despite the presence of various high and medium voltage stations in Eemshaven. High-voltage grid manager TenneT has therefore started the construction of the new Eemshaven Midden high-voltage substation on the far west side of Eemshaven. This is already the fourth station in Eemshaven and the first in what is known as the ‘Westlob’ of the port.
Yesterday the second annual KickStart conference was held at the RAI in Amsterdam. With over 650 visitors from 25+ nationalities, this year the event has more than doubled in size. There was a nice buzz in the event venue during the day, as existing business relations were strengthened and many new contacts were made by visitors in the lounge areas thanks to the meeting app.
Apart from networking and the occasional business deal, the day was packed with the latest insights from industry experts. During the morning 4 keynote speakers provided all the market updates one could want, while during the afternoon specific topics were addressed, such as the challenges of decentralized power generation, normalization and standardization in data center design and the scarcity of employees with the right skills. Main topics of discussion were trends and developments in the connectivity, data center and cloud markets, opportunities and challenges that lay ahead and off course Brexit. Although after yesterday’s vote it still remains uncertain what will happen when the British leave the EU, it was obvious during the day none of the speakers had a rosy perspective on the matter.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) are the main drivers
Amsterdam January 15, 2019 - The European digital infrastructure is on course to at least double in size within 5 years. Ever-increasing digitization and technical developments are fuelling this sharp growth. This is one of the results of the Outlook 2019 report, which will be presented today during the pan-European KickStart Europe conference for 650 guests in RAI Amsterdam. The annual report was initiated by Digital Gateway to Europe and co-produced by research partners PB7 and CBRE.
In the report the key growth indicators for the European data center, cloud and connectivity industries are presented. Developments that drive this growth include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT). The number of connected devices, the explosive growth in IP traffic and the ever-growing amount of data are increasing the demand for edge computing, larger data center hubs and hyperscalers. Download the Outlook 2019 report here.
Opportunities and challenges
There are many challenges that need to be addressed to be able to support the demand for digital infrastructure and related services, including data centers. Stijn Grove, director of Digital Gateway to Europe, the organization that promotes the Netherlands as digital hub: "In addition to the pressure on technical requirements such as ever lower latencies, distributed computing (Edge) and stricter security, there are simultaneously major challenges in the areas of legislation, privacy, education & personnel, sustainability and energy. The growth of the industry has consequences for the electricity grid and there is a huge need in the coming years for technical personnel to design, build and run applications, data centers and networks.
Expectations and trends for data centers
ICT research agency Pb7 states in the report that data centers themselves expect to double in several ways within 3 to 5 years. Many expect to double energy consumption and floor space, but also see a necessity for twice as many employees.
In the report, real estate consultancy CBRE calls the outlook for European data centers "extremely strong" this year. Data centers in the FLAP region alone (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris) seem to be heading for over 1500 MW of installed capacity this year.
Business trends and Brexit
The report also discusses business trends throughout the digital infrastructure sector. It discusses strategy in times of digital transformation, the influence of geopolitical developments such as Brexit and trade wars on the market, as well as the role of 'cyberwars'.
The uncertainty that Brexit creates has numerous effects. They help the investments in digital infrastructure in the Netherlands, but also reinforce the pressure of digital growth. And especially British suppliers in the construction of data centers should expect less work in EU countries the coming years.
All visitors of the KickStart Europe Conference have received the Outlook 2019 report. The report, with key insights into the data center and digital infrastructure industry, is available online for free via www.kickstartconf.eu/outlookreport2019.
About Digital Gateway to Europe
For over a 1000 years the Netherlands has been the (digital) gateway to the European market. The Digital Gateway to Europe organization promotes the Netherlands as data hub and offers you a source of information to prepare your launch or expansion in the Netherlands with facts, links and events.
We are the official industry and government backed central and nationwide initiative to promote the Netherlands as the Digital Gateway to Europe. Visit www.digitalgateway.eu for more information, reports, events and the latest new regarding the Dutch data hub.
The Dutch market for cloud and hosting services is growing much faster than the IT market itself. The use of cloud-based services in the field of application hosting, web hosting, server platforms, as well as storage, backup, security and workplace automation is growing 5 times faster in the Netherlands compared to the total IT market. This is one of the striking results of a study into the market for cloud and hosting services carried out by DHPA knowledge partner and research agency The METISfiles. Analyst Pim Bilderbeek presented the results last week during a network meeting of DHPA.
Largest gathering of the data center industry in Europe | Blog by Stijn Grove - Dutch Data Center Association
The digital transformation is revolutionizing business and society. It has been sparked by digitization and digitalization, making data easily accessible for use across platforms, devices and interfaces. Applications that integrate these digitized data and digitalized applications all come together in data centers, the foundation of the digital economy.
The new digital reality is bringing us many good things. We have seen breakthrough innovations, new prosperity, and even regime changes all around the world. To name a few things, we can now cure diseases much faster, give more people access to knowledge wherever they are and provide people access to all the music of the world as a service. Next to that we see many negative things as the stress of being always online, cyber attacks and new ways of influencing elections.
As with any revolution, the world as we knew it, is gone. We have to adapt to the new reality. Companies and societies that are unable to keep up with the pace of digital transformation run the risk of becoming obsolete or far behind. You need to become digital.
With the digital transformation in full swing the necessity for coordinated action of the data center, cloud and connectivity industries is more pressing than ever.
As digital eco systems flourish and the demand for digital services grows exponentially, digital infrastructure providers need to lead the way.
To foster collaboration, the exchange of ideas and explore opportunities and threats, Digital Gateway to Europe for the second time organizes the Kickstart Europe Conference in Amsterdam.
On January 14th and 15th 2019, industry leaders from all over Europe will gather to discuss opportunities, current affairs and explore the emerging trends and technology shaping the digital industry and digital infrastructure of cloud, connectivity and data centers. In addition, following this edition of Kickstart Europe, the largest gathering of European data center trade associations will take place. For the first time, representatives of almost all major European data center trade associations will gather to get to know each other, learn from each other and work on a framework for pan-European collaboration and take the lead in the digital transformation.