Utrecht

Giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived in the Netherlands on 12 Apr 2017
May 16 '17 16:45

Fans of the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen will get their first chance to see the newly-arrived Giant Pandas beginning on Tuesday, May 30.

Crime scene tape
May 11 '17 08:53

Three people were injured in four shootings in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht on Wednesday night and during the early hours of Thursday morning. None of the victims sustained life threatening injuries.

Woman wearing a Niqab
May 9 '17 14:20

Utrecht was right to lower a Muslim woman's welfare benefit after she refused to remove her Niqab during work training, the Central Court of Appeals in Utrecht ruled on Tuesday. According to the court, the chance of the woman finding work quickly while wearing her Niqab is very small and "this causes unnecessary pressure on public funds", ANP reports.

My_room_in_the_dormitory_(7950132936)
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. 

Dutch police sign
May 4 '17 13:05

A man in Utrecht on Wednesday was linked to the nearby Macruscentrum for failed asylum seekers, according to RTV Utrecht. The broadcaster could not say whether the victim was an employee at the center, or an asylum seeker. The police could not confirm this.

ambulancebroeders-en-agent-bij-incident
May 3 '17 11:45

One person was seriously injured in a stabbing on Wijnesteinlaan in Hoograven, Utrecht on Wednesday morning. The victim was rushed to hospital by ambulance, according to AD.

The stabbing happened around 10:15 a.m. on the bicycle path between a school and the Marcuscentrum. An air ambulance and two regular ambulances responded to the scene. The victim was stabbed from behind, according to the newspaper. A bicycle believed to belong to the victim is still at the scene.

B92-ECUCMAA9Z8t
May 3 '17 08:14

A 14-year-old girl was threatened, stabbed, assaulted and humiliated near Utrecht Central Station in January. Two other girls, aged 15 and 17 years from Deleen and Utrecht, appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday as the suspected perpetrators of this abuse, AD 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.

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.

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.

Giant Panda Wu Wen at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Utrecht
Apr 21 '17 17:05

Two Giant Pandas that recently arrived in the Netherlands are doing well and enjoying their new home at the Ouwehands Zoo, the zoo said on Friday. A new video released by the Rhenen, Utrecht zoo shows Xing Ya relaxing on his back and enjoying a bamboo snack in his new habitat.

His panda partner, Wu Wen, did not make an appearance. The bamboo was grown in the Netherlands, and is part of the 30 kilos of bamboo the two will eat every day.

For Sale signs (Source: Wikimedia/Andy F)
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.

A Flo pole tells cyclists to slow down or speed up in order to make the next green traffic light
Apr 19 '17 15:40

On Wednesday Utrecht launched a "smart" system on Amsterdamsestraatweg which will help cyclists make green lights. If you cycle at a steady 18 kilometers per hour, you should hit every traffic light on green. The system, called Flo, will also tell you whether you have to speed up or slow down in order to make the next traffic light, BNR reports.

Utrecht introduced this system after a study showed that having to wait for a red light is Utrecht cyclists' biggest annoyance.

aanhouding-op-straat
Apr 11 '17 07:44

The Dutch police arrested a 28-year-old Dutch-Moroccan in Utrecht last week in connection with 17 ATM bombings committed in Germany. The man was arrested based on a European arrest warrant. An accomplice is still on the run, NOS reports.

It is believed that this man is part of the so-called - a gang of mostly Dutch criminals who commit ATM bombings across the border in Germany and speed away in fast stolen cars, mostly Audis. 

classroom
Apr 4 '17 16:15

Kohnstamm primary school in Utrecht was not discriminating against a 13-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome by sending him away because he is too different from other students, the College for Human Rights ruled on Tuesday. According to the College, the primary school did everything it could for the boy, NU.nl reports. 

amsterdam fireworks 2015
Mar 31 '17 09:39

The mayors of the four large Dutch cities asked the Dutch Safety Board to investigate safety during New Year's, paying particular attention to the use of fireworks, AD reports. "The precise investigation and approach have yet to be determined", a spokesperson for the Safety Board said to the newspaper. "This will become clear within weeks."

Police guard in a detention center
Mar 30 '17 14:20

Over half of the people suspected of a crime in the Netherlands committed that crime in the same municipality in which they live, according to an analysis of crime figures from 2016 by Statistics Netherlands. The police registered 268 thousand suspects last year.

Almost a third of suspects came from a different municipality. About 14 percent of suspects don't have a fixed address in the Netherlands. In nearly a fifth of crimes, the suspects live in one of the four large Dutch cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

Police making an arrest
Mar 28 '17 11:30

On Tuesday morning the police arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of in Utrecht on January 12th. Chengachi was gunned down in the doorway of his apartment building on Faustdreef in Overvecht.

Airbnb
Mar 27 '17 13:50

Airbnb is a major player in Utrecht. According to calculations by Utrecht University, per year about 40 thousand people book an overnight stay from a private renter in the city via Airbnb. That is about 15 percent of all overnight stays, AD reports.

A badgers' burrow
Mar 20 '17 14:55

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat sent a badger expert to Utrecht's Amelisweerd to investigate reports of a badger's burrow found in the forest. Should there indeed be a burrow in the forest with badgers, a protected species, living there, it could affect the expansion of the A27 highway, NU.nl reports. 

Asscher
Mar 16 '17 10:06

The PvdA also lost a lot of support in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague during this election. GroenLinks performed very well in Amsterdam. And in Rotterdam and The Hague new party DENK scored better than the labor party, according to NOS. 

Taco Bell
Mar 9 '17 11:05

An American fast food invasion seems poised for the Netherlands this year. A record number of five new-to-the-Netherlands  American food chains will be opening in the country  in 2017, according to Metro Nieuws.

Police making an arrest
Mar 7 '17 12:20

The police arrested two teenagers in Wassenaar suspected of scamming people selling second hand goods on sites like Marktplaats using a fake banking app to fake bank transfers, the police said in a statement on Monday.

Pages