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Tourists in Amsterdam over Easter 2017
Jun 22 '17 12:10

Amsterdam and Schiphol airport will soon be home to screens and billboards showing various attractions in The Hague. The two cities teamed up for a campaign to tempt tourists into visiting The Hague, instead of spending all their time in crowded Amsterdam. The campaign's motto is capital city to court city, ANP reports.

Amsterdam is traditionally very popular with tourists, and tourist numbers are expected to only increase in the coming years. And while this is great for the economy and employment, it also affects Amsterdam residents. 

Empty platforms at Den Haag Centraal during rush hour due to a NS worker strike, 19 Jun 2017
Jun 19 '17 07:36

Train travelers can expect rail traffic delays on Monday morning due to a organized by union FNV at Den Haag Centraal and Zwolle stations. The strike started at 5:00 a.m. and will go on until 9:00 a.m.

Double decker train in Amsterdam
Jun 16 '17 15:35

NS workers will be striking at Den Haag Centraal and Zwolle stations between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Monday, union FNV Spoor announced on Friday. As a result less or no train traffic may be possible at those stations, NU.nl reports. 

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Jun 15 '17 09:41

The police officer from The Hague unit a, spent some time working in the security team responsible for protecting PVV leader Geert Wilders, the Public Prosecutor said on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

The 31-year-old cop is suspected of violating professional secrecy and civil corruption. 

Firefighters' gear
Jun 15 '17 07:56

One person was killed when a fire broke out in a cell at the prison in Scheveningen during the early hours of Thursday morning. The other prisoners in the affected wing were evacuated and given shelter elsewhere in the complex. No one else was injured, the Telegraaf reports.

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Jun 14 '17 13:00

The parents of Tristan van der Vlis is not responsible for their son killing five people and hurting 17 others in a shooting in Alphen aan den Rijn in 2011, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, Van der Vlis' parents couldn't know beforehand that their son was planning the mass shooting, ANP reports.

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Jun 13 '17 13:35

A 31-year-old police officer from the Den Haag unit was arrested on Tuesday. He is suspected of leaking confidential information from the police systems to a third party, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement. 

The cop was arrested by the Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigations at the police. He will be questioned in the coming days. His home ws also searched.

In official terms, the police officer is suspected of violating professional secrecy and official corruption, according to the Prosecutor.

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Jun 7 '17 10:31

Long waiting lists at international schools in the Netherlands are discouraging highly skilled expats from settling in the country. No matter how attractive a job offer is, if their kids can't go to school, expats will choose against moving to the Netherlands, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Abdoe Khoulani
Jun 7 '17 08:48

The Hague politician Abdoe Khoulani is under fire from Jewish interest organization CJO and from other politicians for statements he made. He called a group of Israeli students "future child killers and Zionist terrorists in the making" on social media and called a female colleague a "blonde bitch", AD reports.

Pigs
Jun 6 '17 09:41

The Dutch foundation of rare pet breeds SZH is taking a number of animals to the Binnenhof in The Hague on Tuesday to draw attention to rare breeds facing extinction. Along with some other organization, the foundation handed a letter to parliament asking for attention and money to make sure these breeds don't die out, NOS reports.

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May 24 '17 18:20

An appellate court in the Netherlands ordered Google to enforce an attorney's demand that web pages detailing his criminal conviction be blocked from appearing in search engine results. Tuesday's decision by the court in Den Haag upheld an earlier ruling by a lower court in Rotterdam, with the decision suggesting the European Union's "Right to be Forgotten" puts the man's privacy above the public interest because he is not a public figure, according to Nu.nl

May 19 '17 15:05

On Friday Iranians are voting in the first election since the . In the Netherlands Dutch-Iranians can vote at the Iranian embassy in The Hague.

May 18 '17 14:40

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.

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May 16 '17 13:50

Chlamydia is a growing problem in The Hague and its surroundings, according to the Center for Sexual Health GGZ Haaglanden. In 2015 a total of 12.2 percent of STD tests done in The Hague region tested positive for Chlamydia, last year it was 13.8 percent. The proportion of positive STD tests, including all sexually transmitted diseases, also increased, from 15.4 percent in 2015 to 17 percent in 2016, AD reports.

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May 8 '17 10:25

A massive 73 percent of students in the Netherlands pay too much in rent, according to a study by national student union LSVb. On average student rents are 55 euros per month higher than allowed by the property valuation point system. Amsterdam students are worst off - 80 percent pay an average of 115 euros too much rent per month, ANP reports. 

Margaret Lee
May 2 '17 09:14

American teenager Maggie Lee is still in custody for identity theft, but will likely be released during the course of Tuesday. The 16-year-old girl used her sister's passport to travel from the United States to the Netherlands. Her father, Daniel Lee, is furious that airport border controls and airlines allowed her to travel with someone else's passport, he said to the Telegraaf from Clarksville in Tennessee.

Airbnb
May 2 '17 08:18

The number of Airbnb bookings in Amsterdam grew by 125 percent over the past year - last year almost 1.7 million overnight stays in the Dutch capital were booked through the home sharing site, according to research by property adviser Colliers International and Hothelschool The Hague. In 2016 Airbnb held 10.7 percent of Amsterdam's overnight housing market, double the 5.4 percent it held in 2015, NOS reports.

Margaret Lee
Apr 28 '17 13:00

American mother Sabrina Lee traveled to the Netherlands to look for her missing 16-year-old daughter, whose been missing for almost a month. All that is known about Maggie's disappearance is that she was talking to a boy from The Hague area online and that she got on a plane to the Netherlands. Sabrina is desperately hoping for Maggie's safe return. "Maggie, I love you and I'm waiting for you, please come home", she said to RTL Nieuws.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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