Amsterdam

Police guard in a detention center
Jan 23 '17 09:03

A detainee committed suicide in a detention center in Amsterdam on Sunday. The man of Southern European descent was found dead when guards took him lunch, the police announced.

Emergency services were called in, but attempts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful.

The man was taken into custody on Friday. There were no signs that something was wrong, the police write in a statement on their website. It is not clear why the man was in custody.

Jan 23 '17 07:59

On Friday and Saturday the Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested seven suspects in connection with a diamond heist at Schiphol airport in 2005. The seven are suspected of involvement in the hijacking of an armored car carrying 67 million euros worth of diamonds, NOS reports.

The arrests were made in Amsterdam and Valencia, Spain. The suspects are five men and two women. All of them are Dutch. 

Women's March in Amsterdam against inequality and intolerance after Donald Trump's inauguration, 21 Jan 2017
Jan 23 '17 07:41

On Saturday hundreds of thousands of mostly women, but also some men and children, gathered around the world to protest against intolerance and inequality after the inauguration of new United States president Donald Trump. In the Netherlands an estimated 3 thousand people gathered on the Museumplein. And in the Hague hundreds of people took part in a protest march.

Both Dutch Women's Marches happened without major incident, NU.nl reports.

Police
Jan 20 '17 13:55

A 23-year-old Russian suspected of stabbing a police officer on Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam over the weekend, may have been involved in another stabbing, the police said in a statement.

On Friday last week around 6:00 p.m. a 30-year-old British man was suddenly grabbed by another man on Oudezijds Voorburgwal, near the Bulldog. He sustained a cut to his head. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and then released.

Jan 20 '17 12:45

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has no good word to say about the Amsterdam fire department in a recent letter to the municipal council. According to him, discrimination is the order of the day in the fire department, recruitment is based on a white male culture and leaders do not intervene or show exemplary behavior. The general image of the letter is that the Amsterdam fire department is great at extinguishing fires, but the general culture is rotten, Het Parool reports.

Jan 20 '17 11:00

In December home prices in the Netherlands were 6.7 percent higher than in December 2015, the biggest increase since May 2002, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry announced on Friday.

Throughout 2016 the prices of homes increased about 5 percent, continuing the upward trend of the past years. Compared to the low point in the housing market in June 2013, house prices in the Netherlands increased nearly 14 percent. The average price for an existing home is now back at the level of November 2005, but still 11 percent below the peak level of August 2008.

Jan 20 '17 10:02

Two stolen paintings by Vincent van Gogh, which were found in the last year, are returning to the Netherlands.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam is investigating whether a third death can be attributed to a massive power outage that hit the city and its surrounds on Tuesday. The family of a 75-year-old woman had to wait online for almost 10 minutes when calling emergency number 112 when the elderly woman became ill on Tuesday, AT5 reports.

Ice skating
Jan 20 '17 09:08

A 35-year-old skater in Amsterdam had to be rescued by emergency services after he fall trough the ice on Plesmalaan in Nieuw West. The man was taken to the hospital, hypothermic but conscious and lucid, Het Parool reports.

Two passersby noticed the man around 9:00 p.m. and called the emergency services. The man was only a few meters from the edge and rescuers could get him to the side quickly.

Lady Justice
Jan 19 '17 15:55

The Public Prosecutor demanded prison sentences of up to 9 years against five men suspected in large-scale arms trafficking. According to the Prosecutor, the five men supplied heavy weapons to criminals in recent years, some of which were used in assassinations committed in Amsterdam. They are also suspected of participation in a criminal organization, AT5 reports.

Jan 19 '17 15:20

Amsterdam has the fourth most expensive public transport of all major European cities, according to the Relocation Price Index compiled by Movinga - an online platform for long-distance moves, AD reports.

According to the index, Amsterdam's public transit costs an average of 87.50 euros per month. Only London, Dublin and Cologne are more expensive in Europe. Cities like Berlin, Manchester, Copenhagen and Bordeaux are considerably cheaper. 

Jan 19 '17 08:50

Wednesday's Amsterdam city council meeting devolved into shouting and Nazi comparisons to such a point that the meeting was called to an early end. While fighting between Amsterdam politicians is not uncommon, it brining a meeting to a premature end is almost unheard of, Het Parool reports.

Judas by Astrid Holleeder
Jan 19 '17 08:25

Astrid Holleeder, sister of organized crime boss Willem Holleeder, has "gone underground" a good two months after her book Judas was published, she said in an interview with Libelle.

In the book Astrid writes about her family, making several accusations about her brother Willem Holleeder. Judas was a best seller in the Netherlands for ten weeks after it published. Several different translations were announced and there will also be an audio book.

19 m2 Amsterdam apartment listed for sale at 159 thousand euros, 18 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 17:25

The overheating Amsterdam housing market is reaching extreme levels. A 19 m2 apartment on Jan Bernardusstraat is currently listed for sale for 159 thousand euros. That amounts to over 8,300 euros per square meter, RTL Nieuws reports.

The average price per square meter for that neighborhood, on the edge of the city center, is currently between 4 thousand and 5 thousand euros, according to the broadcaster. 

Jan 18 '17 16:50

The Amsterdam Academic Medical Center (AMC) got authorization to bury bodies in their own small cemetery in order to study decomposition. According to the hospital, this study will be of great value to forensic investigators, the Volkskrant reports.

Chanel store with a glass facade on PC Hoofstraat in Amsterdam
Jan 18 '17 15:05

Something seems to be going wrong with the famed glass facade of the Chanel store on PC Hoofstraat in Amsterdam, according to trade magazine Vakblad Bouwereld. The stacked blocks and frames of solid glass seem to be cracking. Further investigation will be done, the magazine promises. 

Bird's eye view of the MH17 monument in Vijfhuizen near Schiphol - artist's impression
Jan 18 '17 13:20

The municipality of Amsterdam is donating 13 thousand cubic meters of ground for the MH17 memorial set to be constructed near Schiphol, Het Parool reports.

Jan 18 '17 12:45

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix will be giving a benefit show for charity War Child in Amsterdam's Paradiso on February 21st. All proceeds for this once-off show will go towards the organization, which helps children in conflict zones, AD reports.

Jan 18 '17 12:10

Saturday is National Tulip day in the Netherlands. And as is by now a tradition, the start of the tulip season will be celebrated with a large tulip picking garden on Amsterdam's Dam square. This year Den Bosch also decided to take part.

On Saturday tulip workers will install the massive tulip garden on Dam square, which will contain 200 thousand tulips in various colors, according to AT5. From 1:00 p.m. everyone is welcome to come and pick a bouquet for themselves, free of charge. The municipality expects that the flowers will be done around 4:30 p.m.

Police officers on the street
Jan 18 '17 10:03

The police released surveillance camera footage showing a cyclist wanted in connection with the in Amsterdam Zuidoost in November last year.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 07:27

A massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds on Tuesday morning may have cost the lives of two elderly Amsterdam residents, the municipality said. One may have died because the emergency line could not be reached and the other because her oxygen supply cut out when the power went out, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 17 '17 16:05

The man arrested for in Amsterdam this weekend, is a 23-year-old Russian man without fixed address. The police identified him based on fingerprints, Het Parool reports.

The man is well known to the German authorities due to theft and violent crimes, a spokesperson for the police said to the newspaper. 

Passengers cram on a bus from Amsterdam Central to Sloterdijk, Amsterdam power outage 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 11:09

across the Netherlands are expected to last the rest of the day, NS warns. The problems were caused by a this morning.

An avalanche in progress
Jan 17 '17 08:26

A 33-year-old man from Amsterdam was killed in an avalanche in Lech-Zurs, Austria on Monday, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to ANP after reports from Austrian broadcaster ORF.

The avalanche happened around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Emergency services were at the scene within minutes, but still too late to help the Dutch an. According to Lech mayor Ludwig Muxel, the man was under a meter and a half of snow when the rescuers freed him.

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