Nearly 40 percent of Dutch employees live and work in the same municipality, according to figures for 2015 Statistics Netherlands published on Thursday. The average Dutch worker work 22.6 kilometers from their home. Workers in the big cities and people living on the outskirts of the Netherlands, such as on the Wadden Islands, in particular tend to live where they work, NU.nl reports.
The police are looking for witnesses to a shooting that left one man injured in an apartment building in Amstelveen on Wednesday morning. No arrests were made.
The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. in the Ararat apartment building on In de Wolken in the Groenelaan neighborhood, according to RTV Amstelveen. The circumstances around the shooting are still unclear.
A trauma team responded to the scene and rushed the victim to hospital. The extent of his injuries was not revealed.
The police made three new arrests in the investigation into the kidnapping of a 37-year-old Rotterdam man in Amstelveen in March. They will be arraigned on Friday, AT5 reports.
Terrorism, cyber attacks and climate change are new concerns on top of the official risk assessment for Amsterdam and its surrounding municipalities. Since the previous risk assessment in 2012, safety office Veiligheidsregio Amsterdam-Amstelland dropped a number of older concerns to make room for new risks like the consequences of a terrorist attacks, increasingly dangerous storms due to climate change and the internet falling out due to a cyber attack, Het Parool reports.
An Amstelveen jeweler confessed to staging a robbery at his company in November last year in order to claim insurance, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor confirmed to ANP. The "stolen" jewels were insured for several millions of euros.
The police had a breakthrough in the case of a Rotterdam man being kidnapped in Amstelveen earlier this year. Investigators found the house where the man was held hostage on Spaarnestraat in Leiden, the police announced on Thursday. The house has been thoroughly searched and the police expect to make arrests soon, NU.nl reports.
The committee responsible for organizing Sinterklaas' arrival in Amstelveen quit, the college of mayor and aldermen wrote to the Amstelveen municipality. The committee refuses to accept any form of Zwarte Piet other than the traditional blackface one, and decided to rather step down than be forced into it, Het Parool reports.
Residents of the medium-sized Gelderland city of Ede are the happiest in the Netherlands, according to the Atlas for Municipalities. Alphen aan den Rijn and Amstelveen follow in second and third place. People in Rotterdam are the most unhappy in the country, closely followed by Amsterdam, the Volkskrant reports.
A 50-year-old jeweler from Astelveen is suspected of staging a robbery at his jewelry store so that he could submit an insurance claim. The items claimed stolen from his jewelry store were insured for several million euros, ANP reports.
The jeweler was arrested last week on suspicion of fraud. He will stay in custody for at least the next two weeks, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Monday.
Police in Amsterdam arrested eight suspects connected to a plot to excessively overcharge taxi passengers picked up at Schiphol Airport. In one case investigated by authorities, a Swedish man was ordered to pay 595 euros for a ride from the airport to Amsterdam city center, a taxi fare that normally costs between 40 and 60 euros.
The perpetrators who kidnapped a 37-year-old Rotterdam man in Amstelveen last month, cut off one of his fingers, the police announced on Tuesday. The case will be discussed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday evening, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police arrested a 29-year-old suspect in connection with the kidnapping of a Rotterdam man in Amstelveen on Thursday afternoon. The suspect was arrested during the early hours of Friday morning in Leiderdorp and is suspected of involvement in the kidnapping, AD reports
The police will say nothing further about the case, in the interest of the still ongoing investigation.
On Thursday afternoon a Rotterdam man was dragged out of his car in Amstelveen, pushed into another car and driven off by men in balaclavas. He was found wounded in the province of Zuid-Holland hours later, the police announced in a statement.
The police are hesitant about releasing information. "Everything we release, will be read by the other party too, so we have to be very careful. The investigation is in progress", a spokesperson said to AD. The victim has a criminal record. He received medical treatment for his injuries.
A meeting will be held in Amstelveen next week between city councilors and members from the Jewish- and Muslim communities in the city. The goal is to discuss the important issues for both groups in the run up to the parliamentary elections in March, Het Parool reports.
The meeting is organized by the Jewish Muslim Platform Amstelland, the Jewish-Islamic organization Mo&Moos and the Jewish Bendigamos. Amstelveen councilors of the VVD, PvdA, D66, SP, ChristenUnie, CDA and GroenLinks will attend.
The Amstelland hospital in Amstelveen wants to declare one of its delivery rooms Amsterdam territory. The idea behind this is that Amsterdam moms sent to Amstelveen to give birth, can still register their child as born in Amsterdam, Ida Zwaan of the Woman & Child Center said on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
According to Zwaan, increasingly many Amsterdam women are forced to give birth in Amstelveen because Amsterdam hospitals are too full. And many of them find it difficult to register their child as born in Amstelveen instead of their home city.
An 87-year-old, wheelchair bound woman was hit by a car while she was crossing the street at a zebra crossing on Groenelaan in Amstelveen on Sunday afternoon. She died of her injuries in hospital on Sunday night, the police announced.
The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. on Groenelaan at the crossing with Aplen Rondweg.
According to the police, the 79-year-old driver that hit the woman was not speeding. "Possibly the bright sun had an impact on the visibility of the driver of the car." the police write in a statement.
A Connexxion bus driver in Amstelveen told a family of color to get off the bus to make room for "real Dutch people" on Thursday, a man who was on the bus wrote on Twitter, according to RTV Amstelveen.
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Amstelveen bus station. The tweets led to outrage online and were eventually removed.
A 43-year-old man from Amstelveen is suspected of sexually abusing Filipino children through webcam sex, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday
The police managed to identify two people found dead in a home on Mr Bardeslaan in Amstelveen on Sunday night. The victims are a 31-year-old woman from Groningen and a 22-year-old man from Amstelveen.
Two people were found dead in a home on Mr Bardeslaan in Amstelveen around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The police are investigating cause of death, according to a spokesperson on Twitter.
An elderly, disabled couple was violently robbed in their home on Stieltjestraat in Amstelveen late last month. The police released more information about the case on Opsporing Verzocht in the hopes that tips from the public will lead to a resolution.
Amsterdam is the nicest city to live in the Netherlands and has been for the past decade, according to the Atlas for Municipalities. Emmen is the worst
Amstelveen is fighting against public transporter GVB's decision to change the route of Tram 5 after the Noord/Zuid subway line starts operating in October next year. Changing Tram 5's route will mean that Amstelveen is no longer directly connected to Amsterdam Centraal
Amstelveen mayor Mirjam van 't Veld says she refuses to back down from plans to receive asylum seekers in the Amsterdam suburb despite a specific death threat made against her. She would not comment on the context of the threat in an interview with newspaper Het Parool, but she said it was typed on half of an A4-sized sheet of paper and addressed to her personally.