Business

A simple model of Mars
Apr 28 '17 16:35

The financing for famous Dutch space project Mars One is being scrutinized. According to Financieele Dagblad, it seems like the project may have been hijacked by investment fraudsters.

Mars One plans to send people to colonize, you guessed it, Mars and then make a global reality TV show of it. The main role players get a one way ticket to the red planet and then their lives will be followed and broadcast live for 15 years. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and crown princess Amalia
Apr 28 '17 14:50

This year the Royal Family will cost the government budget, and Dutch taxpayers, 41.4 million euros, according to Business Insider. That includes the "constitutional benefit" for King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix as well as expense compensation for them.

Apr 28 '17 14:10

The University of Amsterdam is launching a test run in allowing part-time students to pay tuition per subject they take, instead of paying for a whole year. The University believes that this will be ideal for motivated students who don't have time to attend university full time because they also work, take care of a family member, have their own business or have to do an internship, Het Parool reports.

Henry Keizer
Apr 28 '17 13:35

VVD chairman Henry Keizer is under fire for a seemingly shady business deal dating from 2012. According to research journalists Follow the Money, Keizer and his business partners bought funeral home De Facultatieve for far below market price. And at the time of the sale, Keizer was not only the buyer, but also the advisor and chairman of the funeral home he eventually bought. Keizer insists he acted with integrity and that "nobody was favored and disadvantaged" in the deal, he said to the press on Friday, NU.nl reports.

Apr 28 '17 12:20

Energy consumption in the Netherlands increased by 2 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. The use of natural gas saw the biggest increase, mostly due the colder winter than in 2015, according to the stats office.

Long lines at Schiphol airport, 23 Apr 2017
Apr 27 '17 18:00

It seems that crowded halls, long lines and hours of waiting times at Schiphol airport are here to stay. According to CEO Jos Nijhuis, travelers face at least another 100 "black Saturdays" at the airport this year, and the coming two years will probably be busier. There is no escaping it, he said according to newspaper AD.

Meinoud Rost van Tonningen at his wedding to Florentine Heubel, 21 December 1940
Apr 27 '17 13:50

Dutch Nazi collaborator and leading member of fascist party NSB Menoud Rost van Tonningen and some of his fellows attempted a coup in the Netherlands in early in 1940, NOS reports based on research by historians Edwin Klijn and Robin te Slaa. The group of NSB members wanted to use the coup to prevent Germans invading the Netherlands.

The coup did not succeed and the Germans invaded the Netherlands on May 10th, 1940. Within five days of that date, the Dutch army had to capitulate. 

Uber
Apr 26 '17 15:50

The Amsterdam Economic Board recently announced that taxi service Uber is one of its new partners. The PvdA and SP expressed criticism on this decision and will submit council questions, Het Parool reports.

Apr 26 '17 11:55

Last year the Dutch government made 2.4 billion euros from natural gas extraction - almost 3 billion euros less than in 2015 and the lowest level since 1975, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday. 

The decrease can partly be attributed to decreased gas extraction due to the risk of earthquakes, according to the statistics office. Lower gas prices also played a role - last year the producer prices were halved compared to 2013. 

Apr 26 '17 11:20

Temporary workers are more likely to be occupationally disabled than employees with a permanent contract, according to a report by top officials from all Ministries. Temps therefore claim disability benefits more often, the Volkskrant reports.

Bugatti Chiron
Apr 25 '17 18:05

The Bugatti Chiron officially put its wheels on Dutch soil this weekend. It is the 7th Bugatti Chiron in the world and the first in the Netherlands. And with a price tag of over 3.4 million euros, it is also the most expensive new car ever registered in the country, the Telegraaf reports.

Apr 25 '17 16:45

Parking at airports in the Netherlands and Belgium is becoming increasingly expensive, though the price increase is more significant in Belgium, according to Vliegveldinfo.nl. The site surveyed 16 airports in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Parking in Germany is the cheapest, the Telegraaf reports.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands with tech founder Juliana Rotich
Apr 25 '17 14:10

With reporting by Janene Pieters.

Dutch Queen Maxima joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF director Christine Lagarde, and "First Daughter" of the United States Ivanka Trump at the Women20 Summit in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon. The group was met with mixed reactions from the audience throughout the 90 minute panel discussion, particularly when many avoided being called a "feminist," something Merkel described as a label that creates a sense of exclusion to men in society.

Apr 25 '17 11:15

Home buyers with a mortgage that has a longer fixed interest rate period are often misled by the so-called moving scheme, according to the own home association VEH. New buyers who sign a mortgage with National Mortgage Guarantee and an interest rate period of 20 or 30 years, get duped when the move to a home that is not eligible for the National Mortgage Guarantee, the VEH said on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

The association examined the moving conditions of 35 mortgage providers and concluded that clients of ING, bijBouwe, Allianz and Hypotrust Goede Start all fall into this trap. 

Apr 25 '17 10:05

The Public Prosecutor can continue criminal cases against who mislead travelers at Schiphol with their services, the court in Haarlem ruled last week, ANP reports.. 

Apr 25 '17 09:30

Dozens of tour boats will be banned from the Amsterdam canals as of January 1st, 2020. Licenses and permits were redistributed in what responsible alderman Udo Kock considers a successful action. Affected operators are furious. They call the redistribution a "slaughter" that will cost them millions and likely leave them bankrupt, the Volkskrant reports.

Looking for a job
Apr 25 '17 08:02

All Dutch provinces except Groningen saw economic growth last year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. Of the four large Dutch cities, Amsterdam saw the biggest growth at 3 percent, The Hague the lowest at 2.2 percent. Rotterdam had the highest unemployment rate in the Netherlands last year at 11.3 percent, far above the national unemployment rate of around 6 percent.

Amsterdam Schiphol packed before King's Day
Apr 24 '17 14:35

After a weekend of long lines at security gates and passport checks, Schiphol is now also dealing with overcrowded gates, taxi lanes and runways, resulting in flights falling even further behind, Het Parool reports. Airlines Transavia and KLM and union FNV are calling on the airport to take immediate measures to improve how it handles crowds. 

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Apr 24 '17 12:05

Union FNV Care and Welfare warns of a massive shortage in paramedics and ambulance staff in the near future. In the short term, the union is especially concerned about safety on King's Day. "Given the number of people on the move that day, it can lead to irresponsible situations", Fred Seifert of FNV said to broadcaster NOS.

The union sent a letter about the situation to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health and the Healthcare Inspectorate, but so far got no response. Which is why FNV decided to sound the alarm in the media, Seifert said.

Police officers on the street
Apr 24 '17 11:30

Dutch police officers still work far too long and irregular shifts, despite promises by the corps leadership to improve matters, ANP reports based on reports from the police and the Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment.

Long lines at Schiphol airport, 23 Apr 2017
Apr 24 '17 10:47

Schiphol airport was massively crowded over the weekend, and the same conditions are expected today. Airlines KLM and Transavia are advising passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flights, also for flights within Europe, if they want to avoid missing it. Schiphol advises travelers to listen to their airlines. 

Rail tracks
Apr 24 '17 09:08

A freight train collided with an excavator at a guarded railway crossing in Deurne around 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning. No one was injured, according to the fire department. But no train traffic will be possible between Helmond and Horst-Sevenum for at least the rest of the day, NS warns.

How the accident happened is still unclear, according to newspaper AD. It seems that the train dragged the excavator for several meters. The excavator driver managed to jump out in time to avoid serious injuries. A number of the overhead lines were damaged.

Apr 21 '17 18:30

The Brabant faction of political party CDA joined the call for a intercity train station at the . According to the party, the train station would not only improve accessibility to the airport, but also to the larger region around it, Omroep Brabant reports.

Apr 21 '17 11:15

Housing prices in the Netherlands continue to rise. In March housing prices were 7.3 percent higher than in the same month in 2016 - the biggest price increase in 15 years, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry on Friday. 

The current price level is still 8.6 percent below the housing prices peak of 2008, but 16.4 percent above the low point in 2013. The average house price is currently at the same level as in April 2006.

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