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.
The male resident of a farm in Exloo, Drenthe is missing after a massive fire at his property on Wednesday night. The property, which included the Turv Exloo Distillery, a barn and a farmhouse, went up in flames and burnt to the ground. Emergency services will search the remains of the buildings to find out whether the man was killed in the fire, ANP reports.
Emergency services managed to make contact with the man's wife. She is staying with relatives elsewhere in the country and could give no clarity on his whereabouts.
As far as murders go, Drenthe and Zeeland are the safest provinces in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier's annual murder list. Over the past 25 years, the fewest murders were committed in those provinces. Zuid-Holland had the most murders in that period, NU.nl reports based on the Elsevier list.
The criminal underworld is increasingly mixing with daily life in the northern provinces of the Netherlands, Mayor Peter den Oudsten of Groningen, deputy chief prosecutor for northern Netherlands Gert Veurink and northern Tax office director Cor Zoontjies warn in Dagblad van het Noorden on Wednesday.
Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen launched a global campaign to bring a massive Tesla factory to north Netherlands. "Hi Tesla. We are Top Dutch", the website launched with the campaign reads.
A major Christmas celebration of eight schools was canceled in Meppel, Drenthe on Thursday. An attack on the Christmas market in Berlin on Monday played a big role in the decision to cancel the event, school director Herman Langhorst said to De Stentor. The organizers fear that panic would have overrun the visitors.
A fire in a home on Streng in the Drenthe town of Emmer Compascuum left one of the residents dead on Tuesday. Anoter resident, a 53-year-old woman, was arrested for suspected involvement in the fire, NOS reports.
The arrested resident was injured in the fire and was first taken to hospital for treatment. A 29-year-old man who also lives in the home was also injured.
The residents of three surrounding homes had to be evacuated. The fire was extinguished and the police are now investigating in the home, according to the Telegraaf.
The Dutch forestry sector wants to build a total of 100 thousand hectares of new forests in the country in the coming decades. The proposal to do so will be presented at the National Climate Summit in Rotterdam on Wednesday, Trouw reports.
Constructing these forests will cost about 3 billion euros, spread over 30 years. The sector believes that the plan will contribute to meeting the energy and climate targets set for 2050. If the proposal is accepted, new forests will be set up in the Groene Hart in the Randstad and the Veenkolonien in Groningen and Drenthe.
The number of people living in poverty in the Netherlands fell slightly since 2014, according to a report by the social and cultural planning office SCP. If the cabinet sticks to its promise to improve purchasing power next year, poverty will drop even further, according to the SCP
A 3-year-old boy was seriously injured when four rottweilers attacked him on Sportlaan in the Drenthe town of Nieuw-Buinen on Tuesday afternoon. He was rushed to the hospital with severe bite wounds.
A large fire at a farm in Orvelte, Drenthe killed some 15 thousand chickens during the early hours of Monday morning. No one else was injured
Two 12-year-old girls and a 14-year-old boy were injured by a carnival attraction in Coevorden on Friday evening. Safety brackets on the ride came loose and all three children fell out of the boxes
The police are raiding various addresses in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe on Monday as part of a major investigation into money laundering and drug trafficking in the north of the country. So far four suspects were arrested
An accident in which four people were killed in Stieltjeskanaal, Drenthe on Saturday, was caused by a faulty brake on the trailer being dragged by the car, the police's Traffic Accident Analysis department concluded.
Three adults and a child were killed when the car they were in crashed into the water in Stieltjeskanaal in Drenthe on Saturday. All four victims came from Stieltjeskanaal.
An accidental mortar shell explosion killed two Dutch soldiers operating on behalf of the United Nations mission to Mali on Wednesday, the Dutch cabinet confirmed in a statement. Sergeant 1st Class Henry Hoving, 29, and 24-year-old Corporal Kevin Roggeveld died during target practice.
A man was killed in his home during a robbery in the Drenthe village of Gees early on Thursday morning. He was attacked and seriously injured and later died of his injuries
Large parts of the Netherlands can expect a foggy rush hour this morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for low visibility due to fog and fog banks.
The Dutch institute for radio astronomy Astron is threatening a 100 million euro damage claim against a group of farmers planning to build windmills in Veenkolonien, Drenthe. According to Astron, the windmills will be "disastrous" for their research into the origins of the universe
Two men were sentenced to prison by the court in Arnhem on Thursday for robbing elderly people while pretending to be police officers
Fog will cover much of the north, central and eastern Netherlands through the morning rush hour and into the early afternoon, Dutch meteorological agency KNMI cautioned on Friday. The weather experts issued a code yellow warning for limited visibility in Noord Holland, Flevoland, Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel and Utrecht.
Defense attorneys in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe are boycotting interrogation rooms on Tuesday to protest the new interrogation rules, which took effect today. The new rules state that they are allowed to be in the room when their client is being interrogated, but they are not allowed to say anything. And if they do, they may be kicked out.
Meteorological Institute KNMI expects snowfall in the Netherlands this afternoon, and therefore issued a code yellow weather warning for slick roads over evening rush hour.
To test out her new incubator, Fiona Bottema from Yde, Drenthe decided to run an experiment to find out whether supermarket eggs are really unfertilized. She bought 24 quail eggs from Albert Heijn, put them in an incubator, and about two weeks later she is now the proud owner of six quail chicks, she writes on Facebook.
Bottema bought the box of 24 eggs early in February. Before she put them in the incubator, she first did the so-called float test - put the eggs in warm water to see if they float. Five egs moved around in the water, indicating life.