Hurricane Irma, Trump Mockery among NL Times Most Read Articles of 2017

Alexander Pechtold and Wouter Koolmees walk hand in hand to support a gay couple beaten up for holding hands in Arnhem
Alexander Pechtold and Wouter Koolmees walk hand in hand to support a gay couple beaten up for holding hands in Arnhem. (Photo: @APechtold / Twitter)

This year Hurricane Irma, the parliamentary elections in March and the government formation that followed, a Dutch comedian mocking Donald Trump, and gay bashing in Arnhem held NL Times the most readers' attention. Here follows the top 10 most read stories on NL Times in 2017, in contrast to .

  1. Hurricane Irma hit the islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius on September 6th. All three islands form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Thousands of NL Time readers followed along as the , as the appeared, and to see the
  2. The Netherlands had parliamentary elections in March. The . Labour party , dropping from 38 parliamentary seats to only 9. Then followed the . After over six months of negotiations, the new coalition of VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie
  3. Following Donald Trump's inauguration as president of the United States, Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach posted a video online introducing him to the Netherlands and trying to convince him that "we totally understand it's going to be America first, The video went viral and , all vying for second place in the world, after America first of course.
  4. In April a gay couple was attacked as they walked through Arnhem hand-in-hand. This sparked outrage throughout the Netherlands and numerous politicians condemned the attack. To show their support for the LGBT community, D66 politicians Alexander Pechtold and Wouter Koolmees as they arrived for that day's government formation talks. 
  5. Dutch vlogger  in March, when hackers managed to get hold of and leak personal pictures of her performing sexual acts. 
  6. A brought areas of the Netherlands to a standstill.   early, , and motorists were . The snow storm and  
  7. In February Greenpeace activists dug room for and in Amsterdam Zuidoost. They did so to protest against the Dutch bank's part in financing the highly controversial Standing Rock pipeline in Dakota, United States.
  8. In September a group of. They were threatened and robbed on their tour bus after leaving the O.R. Thambo International Airport for their first hotel. 
  9. More than three years after flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, the net seems to be closing in around the people responsible for the disaster. In April former Russian soldier Sergej Doebinski was as the person who arranged the transport of the BUK missile that shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight.
  10. An Airbnb host in Amsterdam was . A video of the incident, posted on social media, shows the young woman being pushed down a flight of stairs by the man. 

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  11. A s in February. According to Paay's lawyer, she did not know that she was being filmed and pressed charges. 
  12.  - a ranking of companies that have a positive social impact on the world through their core business. With its second place, DSM beat globally known companies like Apple, Toyota, and Johnson & Johnson.