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Waste bins and containers in Capelle aan den IJssel
Oct 28 '19 09:39

Last year Dutch municipalities collected an average of 494 kilograms of household waste per Netherlands inhabitant, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. Households in the very urban areas produced less waste for municipalities to collect than rural households, 419 kilograms and 582 kilograms per inhabitant respectively.

A man begging
Oct 26 '19 08:15

Business owners in Utrecht are calling for a ban on street begging. According to CMU, an organization that supports entrepreneurs in Utrecht, there are multiple complaints about beggars causing problems. The municipality of Utrecht has no plans to introduce a ban on begging, a spokesperson for the municipality said to NOS.

Unionized janitorial workers during a labor protest
Oct 25 '19 16:10

Trade unions in the Netherlands lost 101 thousand members over the past two years, the fourth largest fall since the start of this measurement in 1901. Union membership is now at its lowest level since 1988, Statistics Netherlands reports.

At the end of March this year, 1.6 million people were members of a trade union, a 6 percent decrease compared to 2017. Both male and female membership decreased by around 6 percent, to 984 thousand male members and 618 thousand female members. 

ABN Amro logo on a building in Rotterdam
Oct 25 '19 09:04

ABN Amro is lowering the interest on its freely withdrawable savings accounts from 0.02 percent to 0.01 percent as of November 1st, the bank said on its website on Friday. Savings interest at ING is still 0.02 percent and at Rabobank 0.03 percent, NU.nl reports

Kids raising their hands in class
Oct 25 '19 08:25

The influx of pupils in special education is so large that schools are struggling to cope. The classes are overcrowded and that can lead to unsafe situations, according to a study by NPO Radio 1 program Reporter Radio and De Telegraaf, NOS reports.

Bunk beds
Oct 24 '19 16:50

The reception centers for asylum seekers in the Netherlands are currently filled to bursting, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA said on Thursday. So far this year, the COA sheltered nearly 27 thousand people, just below the level of 2016 when the Netherlands was dealing with the aftermath of the refugee crisis, NU.nl reports.

Oct 24 '19 15:10

A number of sponsors are withdrawing from the Sinterklaas arrival event in The Hague this year after they received a letter from anti-racism action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet. The sponsors found the letter threatening, EenVandaag reports.

The Sinterklaas party in The Hague this year will include a mixture of Zwarte Pieten in full blackface makeup and so-called Chimney Pieten with soot marks on their face. 

Belastingdienst
Oct 24 '19 13:30

Big businesses in the Netherlands paid significantly less taxes between 2008 and 2017. The so-called tax burden, the tax that large companies actually pay, decreased from 22.9 percent to 17.1 percent in the past year, while the rates have not changed, Statistics Netherlands concluded in a study commissioned by the parliamentary committee on finance. 

Cows in a stable
Oct 24 '19 11:00

Strict climate measures will have much greater consequences on the Dutch economy than politicians realize, according to employers' organization VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland. These measures may even trigger an economic crisis, or what they call a "self-organized recession", the organizations said to De Telegraaf.

Wijk aan Zee beach, North Sea
Oct 23 '19 16:30

A party on the beach of Wijk aan Zee to say goodbye to the United Kingdom when they are scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31st will happen, whether the Brexit actually happens or not, organizer Ron Toekook confirmed to NOS. 

Amsterdam at night
Oct 23 '19 11:30

Around 25 shops and liquor stores in the Red Light District will not be allowed to sell alcohol on Wednesday afternoon in the run-up to the Champions League match between Ajax and Chelsea. Bars will be allowed to serve alcohol, but only for consumption in the bar. The municipality of Amsterdam hopes to prevent problems caused by drunk football fans, Het Parool reports.

Savings
Oct 23 '19 10:40

Dutch between the ages of 20 and 45 who rent a home in the free sector, pay so much on housing costs that they can't afford to build up savings, Rabobank researchers Nic Vrieselaar and Carlijn Prins concluded after surveying over 10 thousand customers that fall in this group, AD reports.

Tractors block traffic in Den Haag just before evening rush hour
Oct 23 '19 09:44

Farmers are planning to move their protest against the government's nitrogen policy from The Hague to Amsterdam. But that doesn't mean the Malieveld in The Hague will be left empty. Construction workers are planning to protest there next week Wednesday.

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Oct 23 '19 08:09

Municipalities throughout the Netherlands are giving the Salvation Army less and less time and money to help people who are or threaten to become homeless, according to an internal investigation by the charity. This will lead to more homelessness, the organization warned in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, NOS reports.

Office building
Oct 23 '19 07:39

Last year 13 thousand homes were created by transforming existing buildings, such as vacant offices, schools and shops. That is nearly 14 percent of all the new homes that were built last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. Amsterdam created most of these 'transformation homes' in the past six years, followed by Eindhoven and The Hague.

Woman dealing with bills
Oct 22 '19 17:10

Over 500 thousand Dutch households are dealing with serious financial troubles, according to Nibud. And while the number of people facing financial troubles is not decreasing, fewer and fewer people are asking for help. This is because the topic is still too "taboo", Nibud believes, RTL NIeuws reports.

Baby in a car seat
Oct 22 '19 16:20

Dutch travelers' association ANWB found four car seats that it considers unsafe in its annual test of car seats on the Dutch market. These four car seats failed the test because of a high concentration of harmful substances found in the upholstery of the seats, the ANWB said on Tuesday.

Rendering of NS plans for new train interiors
Oct 22 '19 13:00

NS is presenting its vision for new train interiors at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven on Tuesday. The new interior design plans, made with the help of architect company Mecanoo, are focused on squeezing as many people as possible into a train as comfortably as possible, in order to cope with the increasing number of passengers and the limited capacity on the tracks

Children playing at a daycare center
Oct 22 '19 11:30

Daycare institutions in the Netherlands are struggling to cope with toddlers who need extra help. About a third of toddlers in daycare show problematic behavior or do not speak the language well, but daycares have insufficient money and knowledge to offer these children the right care, AD reports.

Research among 120 daycare locations showed that 24 percent of children in daycare and 37 percent of toddlers in nursery groups need extra care, according to the newspaper. The majority of these little ones need extra language support. Around 6 percent have behavioral problems. 

United States passport
Oct 22 '19 08:35

Dutch people with an American passport are giving up their American nationality on a large scale before a new tax law is implemented next year. This new law means that they will have to file a tax return in the United States. If they don't, their bank accounts may be frozen, BNR reports.

The number of Dutch who want to give up their American citizenship increased sixfold since 2016, Dan Durlacher of Americans Overseas, a firm that helps Americans in the Netherlands, said to the broadcaster. This year it involves around 1,700 people.

Windmills and flowers
Oct 22 '19 07:45

Aruba and Netherlands are two of the best destinations to visit in 2020, according to travel guide Lonely Planet's annual list of the best countries to visit. In the top 10 countries, Aruba is in fourth place and the Netherlands in seventh.

Blok's Restaurant in Amersfoort
Oct 21 '19 17:00

One of the top eateries in Amersfoort says it no longer wants its Michelin star. The owners of Blok’s Restaurant, which was first awarded its star in 2013, will close permanently on December 29 so the owners can start over with a new restaurant.

Marco and Ingeborgh Blok will open their new restaurant, MEI, at the same Krommestraat where Blok’s Restaurant is shutting its doors. “It must be greener, more organic, more sustainable, more open, more accessible, and freer,” they told AD. They plan to use natural, seasonal ingredients presented in a less rigid menu than before.

Amsterdam primary school closed for a nationwide teacher strike, 15 March 2019
Oct 21 '19 12:46

Teachers in primary- and secondary education throughout the Netherlands will strike on Wednesday, November 6th. The education unions gave the government until Sunday to respond to their demands for more money in education. The unions received no response, so the previously announced strike will now definitely happen, the unions said, NOS reports.

Tourists at a tulip field
Oct 21 '19 08:06

Millions of tourists visit the Netherlands every year and this number only continues to grow. The government must do more to address the problems caused by tourism and reduce its strain on popular Dutch destinations, a majority of the parties in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, said to NOS op 3.

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