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Arriva train derailed after crash with milk truck near Winsum, 18 Nov 2016
Jul 27 '18 11:30

The number of victims of accidents at rail crossings in the Netherlands is unacceptably high and must and can be reduced, the Dutch Safety Board said in a report on three serious rail accidents in , and

Irrigation
Jul 27 '18 10:40

The Dutch union for arable farmers NAV asked Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture to let potato farmers irrigate their crops with surface water, also in . The NAV warns that many farmers are in danger due to the persistent drought, ANP reports.

Jul 27 '18 09:14

On Friday Arriva is running an adjusted timetable with fewer trains on its routes in Groningen and Friesland. The public transit company is struggling with equipment problems caused by the persistent heat, Arriva said on its website.

"In order to be able to offer the most reliable timetable possible, Arriva is therefore working on a modified timetable on Friday", the company said. Arriva train traffic was also affected by these equipment problems on Thursday, according to RTV Noord.

Tourists at the I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum
Jul 26 '18 15:40

Amsterdam residents are more concerned about the housing shortage in the city than the crowds of tourists or crime, according to a bi-annual survey the municipality did among 2,378 residents, Het Parool reports.

57 percent of respondents called the housing shortage their main concern. This is especially a worry for young people between 16 and 29 years old. 38 percent are worried about tourism, and 31 percent about crime. 

About half of the residents think that Amsterdam is heading in the right direction. 39 percent disagree. 

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Jul 26 '18 12:20

Protesting police officers pulled Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security over for a traffic check during his visit to a police training center in Nieuwdorp on Wednesday. The officers are protesting for a better collective bargaining agreement, ANP reports.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jul 26 '18 09:00

Fewer trains are running to and from Schiphol on Thursday morning due to a signal failure. Travelers are advised to take extra travel time into account. NS expects the problem to be solved by 10:30 a.m.

A broken train also means that no Intercity Direct trains are running between Schiphol and Breda. When this will be fixed is not yet clear.

Other problems on the track include fewer Sprinters between Tilburg in Boxtel, and no Intercity trains between Eindhoven and Weert. Both these issues should be resolved by 10:30 a.m., according to NS.

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Jul 25 '18 09:51

Sex workers from dozens of countries marched through Amsterdam on Tuesday to protest for better legislation for their profession. Worldwide there is not enough attention for the safety of sex workers, said Proud, the Dutch association for sex workers and the organizer of the march, NOS and Het Parool report.

Berlagebrug in Amsterdam
Jul 24 '18 15:20

Large ships can not use the so-called Oostroute through Amsterdam from Tuesday. As a result of the continuing and extreme heat, the metal of the bridges set out to such an extent that they are "locked" and can not open to let large ships through, a spokesperson for the municipality of Amsterdam said to ANP.

Cooling the bridges with water from the canals no longer helps. The 12 bridges will therefore remain closed until further notice.

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Jul 24 '18 10:20

Last year 29 percent of Dutch employees worked overtime on a regular basis. Overtime work is most common among managers and people with a pedagogic profession - 56 percent and 45 percent respectively regularly work more hours than stated in their contracts, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

Child and airplane
Jul 23 '18 15:20

Nearly half of Dutch tourists are willing to pay extra for a flight with no screaming babies, smelly diapers or crawling toddlers, according to a study by website WeFlyCheap among a thousand childless Dutch travelers, RTL Nieuws reports.

Noord Station on Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid subway line, 21 July 2018
Jul 23 '18 08:59

The first official traveling day for Amsterdam's new Noord-Zuid subway line happened almost without a hitch on Sunday. By 5:45 p.m. only one train did not run according to schedule, a spokesperson for Amsterdam public transit company GVB said to Het Parool.

As a result, passengers had to wait 12 minutes for their train, instead of six minutes. "Within half an hour, the subway was back on schedule", the spokesperson said. The GVB deployed extra personnel to help guide travelers on the first day of running.

Noord-Zuidlijn train front
Jul 20 '18 15:20

After years of construction, Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid subway line is finally opening on Saturday. The organization planned a whole range of activities to introduce Amsterdam residents to the new line in a festive way, AT5 reports.

For Sale signs (Source: Wikimedia/Andy F)
Jul 20 '18 13:40

The prices of existing homes in the Netherlands increased by 8.8 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, reaching a record high. The number of home sales decreased almost everywhere in the country, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Friday.

Jul 20 '18 12:50

Driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving when you've had too much to drink, safe traffic association VVN warns as the summer holidays are about to start in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

Many Dutch are going away on holiday. But driving long distances can make you tired, which results in slower response rates and finding it more difficult to keep on course, according to the VVN. Sleepy drivers also make less use of their car's mirrors, which means they are less aware of the road around them. This increases the chance of traffic accidents.

Terrace
Jul 20 '18 11:30

A round of drinks on a terrace is again most expensive in Amsterdam, making the Dutch capital the most expensive terrace city in the Netherlands for the fourth year in a row. Zwolle's terraces are cheapest, according to the annual terrace study by consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners, ANP reports.

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Jul 20 '18 10:10

The Netherlands is one of the countries that will be most negatively affected in the event of a so-called 'hard' Brexit - if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without trade agreements. Only Ireland will be hit harder, the International Monetary Fund calculates, NU.nl reports.

According to the IMF, a hard Brexit can cost the Netherlands 0.7 percent of its national income. Ireland will see a decrease of 4 percent.

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Jul 19 '18 16:00

Ryanair cabin crew members in Belgium, Spain and Portugal will be striking next week Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, the Irish budget airline is canceling around 600 flights, including some to and from the Netherlands. Around 50 thousand passengers will be affected, Ryanair said. 

Jul 19 '18 10:50

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment fiercely criticized benefits agency UWV for how it handles the dismissal procedures for employees fired for economic reasons. According to the Inspectorate, the UWV barely checks information received from employers for factual inaccuracies and does not always adhere to a certain statutory regulation, Trouw reports.

Mosa Meat cultured beef hamburger patty
Jul 18 '18 14:00

Dutch startup Mosa Meat, that makes meat in a laboratory, received a 7.5 million euros investment from Swiss meat processing company Bell Food Group and M Ventures, the investment branch of German pharmaceutical Merck, a spokesperson for Mosa Meat confirmed to NU.nl.

Jul 18 '18 13:10

Belgian consumers' organization Test-Ankoop is filing a lawsuit in Belgium against Air France-KLM, accusing the airline of causing customers unnecessary costs with its no-show clause. Travelers who did not use part of their ticket, are not allowed to board without paying a surcharge or buying new ticket, according to Test-Ankoop, AD reports.

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Jul 17 '18 12:50

In almost 70 percent of Dutch municipalities stores are open every Sunday. And after the municipal elections, another 30 municipalities are expected to allow stores to open on Sundays, retail organization Detailhandel Nederland concluded after studying municipalities' plans, NOS reports.

"A great development", Sander van Golberdinge, director of the organization, said to NOS. "Consumers will be able to do their shopping when it is most convenient for them. Obviously we would also like to see a broader opening hours regulation in the other municipalities." 

Crowded Schiphol Airport; 12 Feb 2018
Jul 17 '18 10:10

Picking someone up or dropping someone off near the terminal at Schiphol may soon cost money. The Amsterdam airport is considering charging for so-called 'kiss & ride', the airport confirmed to NOS after a report in the Telegraaf.

How much it will cost, and when the rates will be implemented, is not yet clear. Schiphol is currently investigating the plan. 

Amsterdam city center
Jul 17 '18 08:55

Amsterdam and seven other popular cities are asking the United Nations for help in dealing with the problems of overcrowded city centers and overheating housing markets. The cities hope the UN will put pressure on national governments to intervene, NOS reports.

Tourists gather in Amsterdam's Red Light District, 8 Jun 2017
Jul 16 '18 16:20

Amsterdam Red Light District Tour is releasing an app with which tourists can tour through the popular district on their own, with the help of virtual guide 'Sophie'. The company hopes that this will help reduce problems caused by tourists entering the district in groups, Het Parool reports. 

The app costs 4.49 euros for iPhone and 4.99 euros for Aindroid. It includes a 2 hours long tour during which Sophie will take you past 31 stops, from Schreierstoren to the Nieuwmarkt. During the tour, Sophie talks to 22 experts and people who work in the neighborhood. 

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