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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.

Police uniform
Jan 19 '17 17:05

The Hague police officer Mario was buried with solemn dignity in Boskoop on Thursday. The 36-year-old officer sustained severe brain injuries when he was over New Year's. after being in a coma for a week and a half.

Jan 11 '17 10:28

The police arrested seven men in December for extorting people with sex ads on WhatsApp, the police announced on Tuesday. THe suspects posted sex ads, to which their victims responded on the messaging app. But instead of making an appointment with a sex worker, the victims were informed that their families will be told about their activities if they did not pay an amount of money.

Police uniform
Jan 10 '17 07:37

Police officer Mario from Boskoop, who was over New Year's, passed away on Monday night, the Hague police announced on Facebook. The 36-year-old cop sustained severe brain injuries in the accident and was in a coma since it happened.

Angry man arrested on the Binnenhof in The Hague, 5 Jan 2017
Jan 6 '17 08:20

A mentally disturbed man caused havoc on the Dutch government complex the Binnenhof in The Hague on Thursday afternoon. He threw a bag at the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, from the square in front of it. The square was evacuated, surrounding streets were closed down for several hours and warning shots were fired before the man was finally arrested, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 4 '17 16:45

The police reminds in the Hague neighborhood Bohemen to lock their doors and windows if they are going to the neighborhood party on Friday. Burglars may take advantage of the fact that no one is home.

"Prevent the burglar from also getting prizes", a neighborhood police officer wrote on Twitter. 

Police
Jan 3 '17 10:53

The sister-in-law of Hague police officer Mario, who is still in critical condition after being criticized mayor Jozias van Aartsen for calling it a "reasonable" celebration. "How can you speak of a reasonable New Year's while someone is fighting for his life?" she wrote on Facebook, according to Den Haag FM.

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Jan 3 '17 09:53

Immigration and an increase in the number of babies born in 2016 pushed the Dutch population over the 17.1 million mark. The four big cities in the Netherlands saw most of the growth, while about 1 in 5 municipalities actually saw their populations shrink, Statistics Netherlands announced on Tuesday.

Amsterdam saw the biggest growth in 2016 with an increase of over 15 thousand residents to a total of almost 850 thousand inhabitants on December 1st, 2016. Rotterdam's population grew with 8 thousand and The Hague and Utrecht with 4 thousand each. 

Jan 2 '17 12:00

The New Year's eve Postcode Lottery of 49.9 million euros landed on an apartment building in The Hague. That means that residents of the building with the postcode 2555VX started 2017 as millionaires, NOS reports.

The building is located on Donker Curtiusstraat in the Hague neighborhood of Loosduinen. Residents will share 24,95 million euros, half of the price money. The other half will be divided among other participants in the postcode area.

Some 10 thousand brave Dutch dove into freezing water in Scheveningen, The Hague for the New Year's plunge; 1 Jan 2017
Jan 2 '17 10:00

With outside temperatures of -4 degrees and seawater temperatures of around 7 degrees, some 50 thousand Dutch people took the traditional New Year's plunge at 142 locations in the Netherlands around noon on Sunday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The plunge at Scheveningen, The Hague was most popular with over 10 thousand people diving into freezing cold water.A spokesperson for the organizers called the plunge "nice and crisp",.

Despite the low temperatures, no one became hypothermic or was injured in any other way. 

Rotterdam police seize Over 1,800 kg of illegal fireworks in Hoogvliet and Wezep, 28 Dec 2016
Jan 2 '17 09:20

Dutch authorities are increasingly concerned about dangerous fireworks used to usher in the New Year. 
"Experience show that more and more often extremely dangerous fireworks are lit", Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said in a press statement, according to the Volkskrant.

He calls on all involved to not wait until autumn to start the fireworks discussion in politics and society. "The damage and injuries caused by these dangerous fireworks are no longer proportional to the entertainment they provide", the Hague mayor said.

Police
Jan 2 '17 08:40

The Dutch police took tweets in which a police chief criticized Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur offline on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to AD. In the tweet the police chief reacted with annoyance to Van der Steur calling violence against emergency services personnel "unacceptable".

New Year's fireworks in Amsterdam; 1 Jan 2017
Jan 2 '17 08:00

The Netherlands' entered 2017 without any major problems. There were a number minor clashes between police and party goers, but not massive incidents. Emergency services throughout the country had to deal with young people pelting fireworks at them during the course of their duties. 

A police officer in The Hague was seriously injured after being hit by a car. But according to the police, this was an accident - there is no sign of intent, according to the Volkskrant.

arrest
Dec 30 '16 11:21

Three members of the Hague rap group Strictly Family Business (SFB) were arrested in Suriname. They are accused of making a video of themselves having sex with an underage girl and then spreading the video, RTL Nieuws reports. The video was made a year ago, according to the broadcaster. 

The three rappers were arrested in a hotel, where they were staying for performances in Suriname. 

SFB was launched in 2013, according to RTL. THe four member group work under hip-hop label Topnotch. The group's managers could not be reached for a comment on the arrests. 

ADO Den Haag mural
Dec 28 '16 14:15

ADO Den Haag will have to wait until next year to find out whether the court will order the football team's Chinese owner Hui Wang to pay up over 2.3 million euros. On Wednesday the court in The Hague decided that it will make its ruling on the lawsuit ADO Den Haag filed against Wang on January 5th, NU.nl reports.

The lawyers of United Vansen, Wang's company, did not show up for the hearing on Wednesday. The hearing took only 6 minutes. 

Dec 23 '16 09:31

The government will not make a decision this year on closing the coal plants in the Netherlands, sources in The Hague told news wire ANP. This is expected to annoy parliament, who wants Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs to make haste with the closure of the plants.

ADO Den Haag mural
Dec 15 '16 13:16

Kyocera is dropping out as sponsor for ADO Den Haag early next year, was revealed in court in Amsterdam on Thursday in a lawsuit filed by ADO Den Haag against it's main shareholder United Vansen and its owner Hui Wang, ANP reports. 

Dutch football association KNVB also relegated ADO Den Haag to the worrisome category 1, which means that the club is now under the guardianship of the association. 

Dec 15 '16 11:26

Two police officers were put on probation as punishment for their involvement in the fatal arrest of in The Hague last year, police chief Paul Musscher announced in a press conference on Thursday.

Dec 7 '16 08:46

Christian party CDA's plan to close down The Hague's led right district on Doubletstraat seems to be getting closer to a reality. Foundation Non Nobis wants to move the prostitution zone, according to Den Haag FM.

"Non Nobis wants to put down a building where all sex workers - preferably also those on Geleenstraat - can offer their services in a transparent and secure environment", CDA leader in The Hage Daniell Koster said to the broadcaster.

Dec 6 '16 14:15

Between 2010 and 2015 a total of 117 Amsterdam residents were reported to the national alimony collection agency LBIO because they did not pay their partner alimony, according to figures LocalFocus received from LBIO. On average they owed just over 800 euros a month to their ex-partner, Het Parool reports.

Amsterdam residents are relatively good about paying their partner alimony compared to the other big cities in the Netherlands. In Rotterdam 173 people were reported to the LBIO in the same period, and in The Hague 149 people. 

ADO Den Haag mural
Nov 30 '16 10:29

Football club ADO Den Haag is suing its Chinese shareholder. During a general meeting of representatives on Tuesday, the club's lawyer hadned a subpoena to representatives of United Vansen demanding that the shareholders fulfill their financial obligations. The Chinese company owns 98 percent of the shares in the Hague football club, Voetbal International reports.

As expected, major shareholder Hui Wang was not present at the meeting. But his son Terry Wang received the subpoena. 

Shelter
Nov 29 '16 07:55

The Dutch Salvation Army made 568 extra shelter available across the Netherlands on Monday night. The organization wants to make sure that every homeless person in the country has a place to shelter from the autumn chill, the Telegraaf reports.

Most of the extra beds were placed in the large cities, for example Amsterdam got 200 extra beds and Rotterdam got 195. In smaller towns the extra beds were placed in the existing shelters. But in large cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, separate locations were opened. 

Rail tracks
Nov 24 '16 09:41

Autumn weather and leaves on the tracks resulted in fewer trains traveling between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between The Hague and Utrecht on Thursday, NS reports. 

There will be a train on these routes every 30 minutes, instead of the normal schedule of every 15 minutes. Travelers should take extra trael time of around 15 minutes into account. They also may have to switch trains more often. NS thinks the delays will last until 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Nov 23 '16 11:20

Slick railway tracks caused by fallen leaves and rain resulted in fewer trains traveling on the busy routes between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between Den Haag Central and Utrecht Central, NS warns. Delays can be up to 15 minutes per journey.

Trains with damaged wheels can not travel on slick tracks, according to Het Parool. Damaged wheels skid on slick tracks when a train tries to brake and can lead to significant damage.

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