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Dutch government plane, PH-KBX
Apr 11 '17 09:03

The Netherlands sold its old government plane, Fokker 70 PH-KBX, to Australian airline Alliance Airlines for 3.7 million euros, the Telegraaf reports. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure wil officially announce the sale on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.

Apr 11 '17 08:38

The Dutch municipalities of Leiden, The Hague, Deventer, Groningen and Breda are all establishing a Children's Council in which the aldermen of these cities will actively work with the recommendations of kids. Princess Laurentien of the Missing Chapter Foundation and State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs will kick off the test run for the Children's Councils on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Apr 10 '17 11:45

The number of former Dutch students having problems paying the monthly repayment on their student loans is approaching 100 thousand, education agency DUO confirmed to NU.nl. Their income is too low for a mandatory monthly installment to be imposed on them, according to the news site. 

In 2009 around 30 thousand former students could not afford to pay the monthly installment on their study loans. In 2015 that increased to around 90 thousand and last year the number was close to 100 thousand. Final figures are not available yet. 

SBS6 logo
Apr 10 '17 10:35

Finnish media company Sanoma sold Dutch television broadcasters SBS to John de Mol's investment fund Talpa for 237 million euros, Sanoma announced on Monday. This mean's Talpa is now the sole owner of SBS6, Veronica, Net5 and SBS9, AD reports.

Talpa and Sanoma jointly bought SBS for over 1 billion euros in 2011. Talpa then acquired the minority share of 33 percent and Sanoma the rest. 

Henk Kamp
Apr 7 '17 15:05

The Netherlands wants to be a permanent member of the G20 - an annual meeting of the 20 leading economies in the world. According to Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands deserves a spot on the G20 as the 17th largest economy in the world, AD reports. 

"At the next G20 reshuffle, it is logical that the Netherlands will become a permanent member", Kamp said. "The next Cabinet should work on that."

Apr 7 '17 13:20

An increasing number of Dutch kids are attending daycare, according to a report by the Tax Authorities and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. This has to do with the economic recovery and higher childcare allowance, but the fact that more and more mothers go back to work also play a role, RTL Nieuws reports.

Apr 7 '17 12:45

Motorists are increasingly affected by traffic accidents, according to figures by traffic information service VID. The number of traffic jams caused by accidents increased by a quarter over the past decade, BNR reports.

The total delay caused by accidents increased by a quarter over the past five years and nearly doubled compared to 10 years ago. The duration of traffic jams caused by accidents also increased.  Of every hour spent in a traffic jams, 18 minutes were caused by an accident. In 2006 it was 10 minutes. 

Blue Band
Apr 7 '17 08:09

While Unilever immediately, it seems their shareholders were less dismissive. They think that the British-Dutch company can do better and that changes should be made, NOS reports. On Thursday CEO Paul Polman announced that Unilever is considering getting rid of its margarine branch.

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 taking off from Bristol International Airport
Apr 6 '17 16:40

There is a "very distinct possibility" that Ryanair will have to suspend flights from the United Kingdom for "weeks or months" if the UK and European Union can't make a bilateral international aviation deal well ahead of the Brexit taking effect, Ryanair CEO Neil Sorahan told the Guardian.

Apr 6 '17 13:10

The energy-intensive industries in the Netherlands managed at the last minute to prevent Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs implementing a law on energy saving by coming up with their own energy saving goals and measures to reach them, NOS reports.

Journalists in Amsterdam for Noord-Zuid subway test
Apr 6 '17 10:09

A team of about 40 journalists and technicians rode the new Amsterdam Noord-Zuid subway line on Thursday morning, in the first full-scale test run of the route. The subway reached its top speed of about 80 kilometers per hour, taking the observers from Amsterdam Centraal to Amsterdam Zuid, then back north to the final stop at Amsterdam Noord.

Apr 6 '17 09:11

Only a quarter of poorly educated women in the Netherlands are economically independent, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. This puts them far behind educated women, of whom 71 percent don't have to rely on anyone to provide basic necessities, RTL Nieuws reports.

On average 54 percent of Dutch women are economically independent, thought he differences between education level are very high. Women with a lower level of education tend to work less, have more children and seem to find emancipation less important, according to SCP.

Uber
Apr 5 '17 14:00

After years of only servicing the Randstad area in the Netherlands, today. But not everyone is happy about this, regular taxi drivers in particular are upset. "Let them fuck off quickly", one taxi driver, Karin, said to Omroep Brabant. 

Apr 5 '17 09:01

State Secretaries of Finance Joop Wijn (2004), Frans Weekers (2011) and Eric Wiebes (2015) all agreed to make controversial tax deals with multinational corporations, and not tell other European countries about it, Trouw reports based on internal documents from the Ministry of Finance that were released last weeks. The documents show that Finanace officials internally warned for years of the possible consequences of such agreements.

FC Red Bull Salzburg mascot
Apr 4 '17 16:50

The director of Red Bull Nederland dreams of one day owning a Dutch football club, he said on Monday, giving hope to a number of struggling football clubs in the country. But Dutch football association KNVB crushed those hopes - it is simply impossible for Red Bull to own a Dutch club under the current rules, KNVB spokesperson Koen Adriaanse said to Metro Nieuws.

American Express
Apr 4 '17 15:05

The American tax authorities IRS ordered American Express to hand over information about Dutch customers, Bloomberg reports. This was done at the request of the Netherlands, which suspects that some American Express credit card holders are engaged in tax evasion. AmEx has to hand over information about Dutch customers who had American Express cards linked to bank accounts outside the United States and outside the Netherlands between 2009 and 2016, according to the news service.

Apr 4 '17 13:10

With the opening of a new, temporary departure hall on Wednesday, Schiphol hopes to avoid chaos with the ever increasing number of passengers this summer. But despite this measure, the airport will remain crowded, CEO Jos Nijhuis warned. The number of passengers is growing rapidly and Schiphol is actually ill-equipped to handle it, he said to NOS. 

Uber
Apr 4 '17 10:58

After years of only operating in the Randstad area in the Netherlands, American taxi service Uber is now also launching in Eindhoven. Uber calls Eindhoven an interesting marked due to the "innovating and international character" of the region, referring particularly to the airport and the High Tech campus, RTL Nieuws reports. 

The American company believes there will be enough interest for the service in Eindhoven. According to the company, Uber app users already check whether there are Uber taxis available in the city. The service launches there on Wednesday.

Apr 4 '17 08:51

Poor literacy costs the Netherlands about 1 billion euros per year, according to a study commissioned by the Dutch Reading and Writing foundation. The costs come from the fact that people who struggle with reading and writing are more often unemployed, more often make use of healthcare and when they do have a job, it often pays little money, the foundation said, according to NOS.

Apr 4 '17 08:26

Dutch pilots union VNV and union FNV is calling for a European blacklist for passengers who cause serious problems on flights. According to a report by the Environment and Transport Inspectorate, the number of reports of misbehaving passengers increased by 262 to 985 in 2016, the Telegraaf reports.

Fourteen of the incidents last year had a direct impact on a flight and in three cases the plane had to change course or return. There were incidents involving drunk young people urinating in the cabin and having sex on board the plane, according to the newspaper.

Apr 3 '17 15:35

Traffic jams in the Netherlands are increasing due to the aging population, according to figures from the ANWB. Traffic jams are especially increasing during evening rush hour due to the large amounts of recreational traffic on the roads, the ANWB concluded by comparing traffic during the first three months of this year with the same period in 2016, the Telegraaf reports.

Engels Verf
Apr 3 '17 13:30

Famed Amsterdam paint shop Engels opened a branch in Amsterdam-Noord with a exuberant celebration on Saturday. The celebration included performances by a variety of artists and the unveiling of a new Amsterdam paint color - Red Light District red, Het Parool reports. 

Sisters Louise and Martine Fokkens (73), who worked as prostitutes for more than 50 years, helped Engels in determining the exact color of the red used in the Dutch capital's Red Light District for centuries. Red Light District red, also known as 'whore red', can now be ordered from Engels.

Apr 3 '17 12:55

Last year bicycle sales in the Netherlands dropped to the lowest level in 30 years, according to figures from RAI, Bovag and GfK. Despite this revenues from bicycle sales reached a record high by increasing 4.2 percent, mostly thanks to the increasing popularity of expensive electric bikes, ANP reports.

Last year 928 thousand new bicycles were sold, a decrease of 5.7 percent and the lowest point since 1987. In 2007 a total of 1.4 million bikes were sold, but since then sales decreased every year.

Apr 3 '17 09:19

Chefs, doctors, lawyers, primary school teachers and managers in business services in the Netherlands experience the most pressure in their jobs, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands.

The statistics office questioned people from common professions in the Netherlands - professions with at least 50 thousand employees - about the amount of work they do and the speed at which they do it. 

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