Amsterdam

Police
Apr 28 '17 09:28

A man died in Amsterdam on Thursday night after falling from a window, the police said in a statement. The victim was a 23-year-old Amsterdam resident.

The man was found wounded on Binnen Brouwersstraat around 10:00 p.m. Emergency services rushed to help him, but it was to no avail. He died a short time later.

According ot te police, the young man fell from a second story window. The police spoke to witnesses and did an investigation and concluded that the Amsterdam man's death was a tragic accident. 

Apr 28 '17 08:27

The Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem Dirk-Jan Schoon suspended another priest on child sex abuse charges. This priest has been retired for 13 years, but is still involved in celebrations in the Amsterdam parish and was used in emergencies, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander turns 50, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 28 '17 07:46

King's Day was celebrated throughout the Netherlands without any major incidents on Thursday. The authorities in most major Dutch municipalities are pleased with how the day went. The day was celebrated "as you would like it to be", a spokesperson for Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said, NU.nl reports.

King's Day in Schagen, Noord-Holland, 27 Apr 2017
Apr 27 '17 15:05

The chilly, sometimes rainy weather is not scaring Dutch away from participating in King's Day activities. Photos on social media show crowded flea markets and events and streets across the Netherlands.

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.

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 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. 

Apr 25 '17 17:30

While many Dutch cities and rural areas are working on making electric driving easy and accessible, most still need more charging points for electric cars, according to a survey by consulting firm Over Morgen. In 2016 most Dutch municipalities did not have a sufficient number of charging stations, BNR reports.

The Groenburgwal and the Zuiderkerk by Claude Monet, 1874
Apr 25 '17 11:50

With the replacement of the golden weather cock on Monday, Amsterdam's Zuiderkerk tower is officially fully restored. From this week the scaffolding around the building will be removed. And soon Amsterdam will again have the tower in its original form - as made famous in a Monet painting - as part of the city's skyline.

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.

Ajax after the Europa League quarter finals against Schalke 04, 20 Apr 2017
Apr 21 '17 16:30

Ajax will be playing against French football club Olympique Lyonnais in the Europa League semi-finals, according to UEFA's live blog on the lottery in Nyon. The match will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd at 9:05 p.m. CEST.

The other semi final match will be between RC Celta De Vigo and Manchester United FC on May 4th. The Ajax vs Lyon match was also supposed to happen on May 4th, but as that is a day of remembrance in the Netherlands, Amsterdam asked that it be moved.

Ajax starts with a home match. The return in France is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th. 

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.

Telephone
Apr 21 '17 09:04

Parents trying to call their kids in sick at two Amsterdam schools were stunned when they were connected with a sex worker booking service instead of school administrators. The staff at the Amsterdam Lyceum and the Montessori Lyceum secondary schools think the switch is the result of a prank by students celebrating the coming end of the academic year, AT5 reported

Airbnb
Apr 20 '17 16:55

Three French couples were very disappointed when the arrived in Amsterdam for Easter weekend to find that their 1,000 euro per night Airbnb listing consisted of one tiny room with only one real bed and two air mattresses. The renter was fined 20,500 euros on Wednesday for breaking Amsterdam's Airbnb rules, Het Parool reports.

Liberation plane in Amsterdam, 5 May 1945
Apr 20 '17 11:40

A call for eyewitnesses of a liberation plane landing in Amsterdam on May 5th, 1945 produced rare video footage of the actual plane. The 47 second long video was submitted by Els Kronenberg-Willems, whose father made the film, Het Parool reports.

Hundreds gather at the Gay Monument in Amsterdam to protest against "gay camps" in Chechnya, Russia, 19 Apr 2017
Apr 20 '17 08:30

The municipality of Amsterdam calls on the Dutch government to admonish Russia about camps in Chechnya in which homosexual men are being locked up, alderman Eric van der Burg said at a protest against these camps at the gay monument in the Dutch capital on Wednesday. Amsterdam also wants State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice to change the asylum policy for Chechen LGBT men, ANP reports.

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. 

Hemweg coal plant in Amsterdam
Apr 18 '17 10:45

A c to close the Amsterdam coal plant on Hemweg collected over 5 million euros. Over 41 thousand people and organizations supported the campaign.

At 10:20 a.m. on Monday the campaign raised 5,085,395 euros from 41,547 supporters. The objective of the campaign is to buy the Hemweg plant from owner Nuon and then close it. 

Apr 18 '17 09:10

Studying in Amsterdam seems to be becoming increasingly only for the "white elite", according to student union ASVA and Amsterdam United. Especially young people with financially less well-off parents and young people with a non-Western background have a hard time getting into higher education in the Dutch capital, Metro Nieuws reports. 

"Education is increasingly only for the white elite. Action must be taken now", Henriette Hoogervorst, chairman of ASVA, said to the newspaper.

Snow and Hail fall in Friesland
Apr 17 '17 14:18

Frigid, and potentially freezing temperatures are expected across the Netherlands this week, dashing the hopes of many residents that a warm spring would make its return. The thermometer is expected to plummet as low as -1 degrees in Venlo, Limburg on Wednesday morning, but a strong Northerly wind will make it feel like -8 degrees there.

The city near the German border will like face three straight days of freezing temperatures in the early morning hours. Snow and sleet is even possible in parts of Limburg this week.

Police, Marechaussee arrest Amsterdam taxi driver
Apr 14 '17 16:18

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.

Tourists in Amsterdam over Easter 2017
Apr 14 '17 15:32

With Airbnb locations booked solid and hotels filled to capacity, Amsterdam city hall has authorized the use of a police traffic management plan normally rolled out exclusively for massive events. A constant stream of tourists dragging suitcases behind them could be seen all Friday morning and afternoon, while restaurants, shops and attractions in Leidseplein, Dam Square, the Red Light District and the Nieuwmarkt were bursting at the seams.

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