Statistics Netherlands is a Dutch governmental institution that gathers statistical information about the Netherlands. In Dutch it is known as the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek and often abbreviated to CBS. It is a department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. It was founded in 1899. Since 3 January2004 it has been a self-standing organisation, or quango. 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation (or QUANGO), attributed to Sir Douglas Hague, was originally invented as a joke, but fell into common usage in the United Kingdom to describe the agencies produced by the growing trend of government devolving power to appointed, or self-appointed bodies. ...
The CBS collects statistical information about, amongst others:
income of persons and households
count of the population
The CBS carries out a program that needs to be ratified by the Central Commission for Statistics. This independent commission must guard the impartiality, independence, quality, relevance, and continuity of the CBS, according to the Law on the CBS of 1996 (Wet op het Centraal bureau en de Centrale commissie voor de statistiek).
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the legality of their claim is dubious (it is not clear on what law or ruling they base their authority), CBS use the following disclaimer: "Information may be quoted provided the source is stated accurately and clearly. Reproduction for own/internal use is permitted." In the Netherlands, their claim may be based on database law, which states that any database constructed with sufficient sweat of the brow is automatically protected.
The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland; IPA pronunciation: /"ne:dərlɑnt/) is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden), which is formed by the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated and geographically low-lying countries in the world (its name literally means "low countries" or "low lands") and is popularly known for its windmills, clogs (wooden shoes), dikes, tulips, bicycles and social tolerance.
The Netherlands has been a parliamentary democracy since 1848 and a constitutional monarchy since 1815; before that it had been a republic from 1581 to 1806 and a kingdom between 1806 and 1810 (it was part of France between 1810 and 1813).
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