Dick Advocaat
Apr 27 '17 11:05

Dick Advocaat will be the new coach for the Dutch men's football team, the Telegraaf reports. According to the newspaper, the 69-year-old Fenerbahçe coach spoke with Dutch football association KNVB on Wednesday and now only faces a few practical issues before he can start his new job with Oranje.

Margaret Lee
Apr 27 '17 10:30

The Dutch police are looking for 16-year-old Margaret Lee from the United States. The American teenager traveled to the Netherlands by herself on April 1st and has been missing since her arrival. There are indications that she was chatting with a boy from The Hague, the police confirmed to RTL Nieuws.

Apr 27 '17 09:55

The Dutch police are calling on all King's Day celebrators to turn on the "Find My Phone" app on their smart phones, to make it easier for the police to track down pickpockets should a phone be stolen. Also make sure that you know the login details for the app, the police said in a statement. 

As at previous large events, the Amsterdam police deployed a special team specifically for tracking down pickpockets. Should you fall victim to a pickpocket in Amsterdam and Amstelland today, the team is ready to help you track down and retrieve your phone. 

The Live I Live festival on King's Night in The Hague, 26 Apr 2017
Apr 27 '17 09:27

The  and dry, but revelers managed to stay cozy. In the big Dutch cities Wednesday night was busy and jovial, and there were no major disturbances at any of the festivities, RTL Nieuws reports.

Orange umbrellas
Apr 27 '17 09:07

For the first time since 1996 frost blanketed De Bilt on Kings Night, according to weather agency Weeronline. And with minimum temperatures of -2 degrees measured at De Bit, this was the second coldest King's Night measured since 1949.

King's night was dry, fairly clear and really cold in most places. Only the coastal provinces saw some rain. Frost blanketed most of the country. The lowest temperature was measured at the Twenthe weather station, where it dropped to -3.4 degrees, a new record. That is the lowest temperature ever measured in the Netherlands on April 27th. 

Police
Apr 27 '17 08:45

A 25-year-old motorist from Prinsenbeek was arrested on King's Night for crashing into three pedestrians in Breda and then driving off. An 18-year-old man from Glize and a 20-year-old man from Hoogerheide were taken to hospital for treatment. The third, a 21-year-old from Etten-Leur, sustained minor injuries, the police said in a statement.

The motorist sped away after hitting the pedestrians, but the police were able to track him down. He was arrested in a parking lot in Etten-Leur shortly after the incident. A breathalyzer test revealed that the he had too much to drink.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and crown princess Amalia
Apr 27 '17 08:13

The Dutch public is more supportive of the monarchy this year. 70 percent of Dutch now say they are behind monarchy, compared to a low point of 65 percent last year, according to NOS' annual King's Day Survey performed by Ipsos. The increased support for the monarchy coincides with a slight increase in trust in King Willem-Alexander, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander, 2017
Apr 27 '17 07:50

It took King Willem-Alexander some time during his teenage and student years to accept that he will someday take the thrown. His time traveling and meeting interesting people really helped with that, he said in an interview with Wilfried de Jong on Wednesday night, the night before his 50th birthday. He wants the same for crown princess Amalia before she takes over from him, the Volkskrant reports.

Apr 26 '17 17:35

With a cold King's Day expected tomorrow, the Red Cross published a few tips on how to avoid hypothermia. Dress warmly, avoid alcohol, eat and drink something warm every now and again, and keep moving, the Red Cross advises.

Apr 26 '17 17:00

Politicians, police and police unions responded with indignation to news that  He cut through his ankle monitor and went into hiding in December. Why was this man, on trial and then convicted for trafficking 15 thousand kilos of cocaine, only being guarded by an ankle monitor, they want to know.

Police making an arrest
Apr 26 '17 16:25

A 16-year-old boy was caught speeding through Tilburg at 130 kilometers per hour on Tuesday. He was driving on a road with a speed limit of 50 km/h, Omroep Brabant reports.

The boy, too young to have a driver's license, was driving a van. The police gave chase and ordered the boy to stop. He ignored this, according to the broadcaster. The boy eventually stopped the van, got out and ran away.

A police officer caught up to the boy and arrested him. He can expect a hefty fine. 

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.

Paul Verhoeven
Apr 26 '17 15:15

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven plans to make another movie in France next year. The working tile for the film is Blessed Virgin and it is about the life of a lesbian nun who lived in the Renaissance, AD reports.

The film is based on the book Immodest Acts by Judit C. Brown. It is about nun Benedetta Carlini who lived in a monastery in Italy in the Renaissance. The book is based on investigations in Florence's archives. Belgian actress Virginie Efira is rumored for the leading role.

Angry man arrested on the Binnenhof in The Hague, 5 Jan 2017
Apr 26 '17 14:40

A Koninklijke Marechaussee officer that fi in The Hague during an arrest early this year, will not be prosecuted. His actions were justified, the Public Prosecutor concluded based on an investigation by the Rijksrecherche - the department that handles internal investigations for the Dutch authorities, ANP reports.

Apr 26 '17 14:05

On Tuesday the court in Alkmaar handled a case of a father trying to force his 12-year-old son to be treated for his brain cancer. The case was filed by the father against the foundation for Youth- and Family Protectors, who is supervising the boy's treatment, ANP reports.

Ambulance
Apr 26 '17 13:30

A man was killed in an accident on a construction site in Groningen on Wednesday morning. According to the police, the construction worker was trapped under a collapsed wall, the Telegraaf reports.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, but aid workers could not save the man. The accident happened on Langezijde in the Oosterparkbuurt neighborhood. 

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment, formerly the Labor Inspectorate, is investigating what happened. 

Apr 26 '17 12:55

The Netherlands is the European country with the second most ransomware infections last year, according to security company Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat report. Globally the Netherlands is in 6th place, Tweakers reports.

Apr 26 '17 12:30

The Erasmus University campus will be completely locked during the match between Excelsior and Feyenoord on May 7th. Campus Woudestein is located right next to Excelsior's Woudestein stadium and the university would rather not have football supporters wandering through the campus for security reasons, AD reports.

The expectation is that many Feyenoord supporters will go to Kralingen on match day, because it is an important match for the Rotterdam club. If Feyenoord beats Excelsior, they also win the championship. 

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.

Police
Apr 26 '17 10:44

The police and judiciary are looking for cocaine trafficker Cetin G., the Public Prosecutor confirmed to NOS. The Prosecutor believes C. cut through his ankle monitor and went into hiding.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Apr 26 '17 10:10

The police are looking for two perpetrators in a s. The car the gunmen used to flee the scene was recovered in Rotterdam, the police said in a statement. 

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. 

Orange umbrellas
Apr 26 '17 09:16

King's Night celebrators and flea market visitors and traders are advised to dress warmly tonight - minimum temperatures are expected to drop to freezing tonight, according to weather services Weerplaza and Weeronline.

A number of places woke up to frost this morning, and the same is expected for tonight. "King's Day self will be around 10 degrees. In addition the weather will be quite turbulent, with sun, clouds and a single rain shower. The days after that, the temperature rises and it becomes less volatile", Diana Woei of Weerplaza said to the Telegraaf. 

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