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Apr 26 '17 09:34

Foreign tourists are increasingly joining King's Day celebrations in Amsterdam, according to online travel agency Expedia. Compared to last year, significantly more foreign tourists, specifically Italians, Brits and Americans, booked hotels in the Dutch capital around King Willem-Alexander's birthday on April 27th, BNR reports.

The number of Italians in Amsterdam on King's day almost doubled compared to last year. The number of American tourists increased by 25 percent. 

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Apr 21 '17 17:45

Dutch climate change professor Guus Velders was named as one of the most influential people on the planet in the T. He is the only Dutch person to make it onto the list.

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Apr 21 '17 14:10

King Willem-Alexander was spotted walking the streets of The Hague on Thursday afternoon. He was on his way to Palace Noordeinde by car when a bus broke down and blocked the road. Not wanting to be late for his appointment - a staff reception at the palace in honor of his upcoming 50th birthday - the Dutch King completed the journey by foot, ANP reports.

The reception at the palace for the staff is a tradition around the King's birthday. It also kicks off a week of celebrations for King Willem-Alexander, who turns 50 on April 27th. 

Apr 21 '17 13:35

Traffic information service ANWB expects heavy traffic on Dutch roads on Friday afternoon as the May school holidays begin for primary and secondary schools across the country, AD reports.

The ANWB expects that most people who are vacationing in the Netherlands will leave for their destinations today. Roads to recreation areas in the middle and south of the Netherlands are expected to be especially busy. "Traffic jams are most likely on the highways around Amersfoort (A1, A28), the A12 from Utrecht to Arnhem and the roads to the Holland- and Zeeland coast", ANWB warns. 

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Apr 19 '17 13:55

DJ Martin Garrix is taking over FC Walvisch recording studio on Wenckebachweg in Amsterdam Oost. The studio will continue under the nae STMPD recording studios, named after the record company Garrix founded himself, Het Parool reports.

FC Walvisch boasts an impressive list of artists who recorded there, including Pharrel Williams, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, The Script, David Guetta and Martin Garrix himself. Martin Walvisch, founder of the studio, and his team are also moving over to STMPD recording studios. 

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Apr 13 '17 11:45

Panicky moments at the fair on Amsterdam's Dam square on Tuesday - a loose safety strap on the Bungee catapult ride resulted in a woman dangling from the ride as it went up and down. An extra strap prevented her from falling. A video of the incident shows the woman dangling loose in her seat, screaming.

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Apr 11 '17 12:00

Unlike in previous editions, the route taken for television spectacle will be kept secret this year due to security concerns. The biblical TV spectacle is happening in Leeuwarden on Thursday, Leeuwarder Courant reports.

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Apr 11 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam plans to ban beer bikes from the city center as of November 1st, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan informed the city council on Monday, Het Parool reports.

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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. 

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Mar 28 '17 15:35

Amsterdam fans of Canadian rapper Drake were disappointed on Monday night when he canceled his show at the Ziggo Dome more than an hour after it was set to start. The rapper was sick and returned to his hotel. This is the third Amsterdam show he canceled, NU.nl reports.

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Mar 23 '17 13:55

The Keukenhof opens for the season on Thursday. This season will be in the theme of Dutch Design, with floral designs inspired by works by Dutch artists. The center piece this year is a floral work inspired by Mondriaan, NU.nl reports.

The Mondriaan work is a 250 square meters floral mosaic designed in the famous Mondriaan colored squares and rectangles. A massive 80 thousand bulbs were planted in two layers to keep the mosaic in bloom throughout the spring. It consists of tulips, grape hyacinths and crocus.

Mar 23 '17 11:30

The Dutch association for the 21 major amusement parks in the country, Club van Elf, is getting closer to banning smoking in the queues outside rides. The association plans to make an announcement about it next week, AD reports.

At this stage Kees Klesman of the association does not want to say much about it. "We are working hard on it", he said to AD. "It also requires enforcement and the right information in the parks to inform people on the smoking policy. It should also all be feasible."

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Mar 17 '17 09:28

On Thursday night The Daily show spent some time on the Dutch elections, though most of it was focused on PVV leader Geert Wilders. Presenter, South African comedian Trevor Noah, made a number of jokes about Wilders and his plans to bank Qurans and close mosques.

Noah showed a clip of Wilders saying that he is against Islam, calling it "violent" and "retarded", but that he has nothing against Muslims. "Wow, just wait until he finds out what religion Muslims are." Noah said. "That dude is going to be so pissed."

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Mar 15 '17 15:30

Nine year old Rene from Tilburg set his sights high for Valentine's Day. He decided to write a love letter for Princess Ariane, the youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. And he was rewarded with a return letter from the King and Queen themselves, Omroep Brabant reports.

Rene got the idea after Valentine's Day was discussed in the classroom at Helen Parkhurst School in Tilburg. He asked his teacher for help, but initially did not want to tell her who the love letter was intended for. After some prodding, he admitted it was for the princess.

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Mar 14 '17 12:15

Bird watchers in Rotterdam and Den Bosch reported multiple sightings of the extremely rare bearded vulture, Waarneming.nl announced on Monday. With a wingspan of up to 2.8 meters, the bearded vulture is the largest bird of prey in Europe, ANP reports.

The bearded vulture does not naturally occur in the Netherlands. Nature reservation agency Natuurmonumenten expects that the bird will soon leave our country. Bearded vultures mainly feed on carcasses of large animals, something that's hard to find in the Netherlands.

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Mar 10 '17 10:43

With April 27th just around the corner, Tilburg is revealing its plans for this year's official King's Day celebrations. Royalty expert Marc van der Linden call's Tilburg's King's Day program the most ambitious one yet, Omroep Brabant reports.

Tilburg wants to present itself as a young city. According to Van der Linden, "on paper" the program manages to do just that. "It looks very nice. All Tilburg residents are involved. From a Syrian refugee who wants to give a big 'thank you' to transvestites."

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Mar 9 '17 14:35

Popular hiphop group Broederliefde will no longer be perforing during the Liberation Day festival and is no longer considered an Ambassador of Freedom, the National Committe of 4 and 5 May decided. This follows a video surfacing last week on which rapper Emms can be seen shouting anti-Semitic slogans during the Cup Final between Feyenoord and Utrecht last year, AD reports.

The video posted on YouTube shows the 25-year-old rapper, real name Emerson Akachar, chanting "Hamas, Hamas Jews to the gas".

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Mar 9 '17 09:51

Dutch film and television producers are suing the Dutch state for compensation for the financial loss they suffer by illegal downloading. According to the filmmakers, the Netherlands is doing too little to combat piracy despite the European Court forbidding downloading from illegal sources in 2014, NRC reports. 

The media companies feel they lose out on money because the Netherlands does not fight piracy effectively. According to them, the government also provides less funding for the production of new films and series. 

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Feb 26 '17 11:40

For the first time in Dutch history the all riddles and puzzles in intelligence service were solved. And not just by one person, but by several, AIVD spokesperson Martinette Bemelmans confirmed to BNR.

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Feb 26 '17 11:40

Horizon Zero Dawn by Dutch game studio Guerrilla Games is not even out yet and already its getting international acclaim. All major international gaming sites, ranging from Polygon to Giant Bomb, rated the game with 9s and 10s. "This is quite unique", game journalist Jan Meijroos said to RTL Nieuws.

Guerrilla Games is by far the largest Dutch game studio with about 250 people working at its Amsterdam offices. The company is best known for shooters like Killzone.

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Feb 26 '17 11:00

The Aalborg Hotel in Amsterdam, which turned nine of its rooms into the Arcade Hotel last year, will soon convert all of its rooms into gaming rooms due to the massive demand. Soon guests in all rooms will be able to play games from consoles in the rooms or sign up to the hotel network for LAN parties, Het Parool reports.

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Feb 24 '17 15:10

Carnival group De Lolmaakers in Leende decided not to participate in this year's carnival parades on Saturday. On Thursday the police discovered a massive drug lab on the property where they were building their float. As they are not allowed on the crime scene, De Lolmakers won't be able to finish their float in time for the parade.

Feb 20 '17 16:05

King Willem-Alexander plans to celbrate his 50th birthday with 150 Dutch whose birthday is on the same day as his - April 27th. The King and 150 Dutch will celebrate their birthdays with a celebratory dinner in the Royal Palace on Dam square in Amsterdam on Friday, April 28th, AD reports.

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Feb 17 '17 13:45

The Dutch government is implementing stricter rules for very high salaries that are paid with tax money, such as those of presenters for public broadcasters or managers in healthcare. From now on workers in the public and semi-public sector may no longer earn more money than Ministers, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Friday, ANP reports.

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