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Gas pipes
Sep 5 '19 11:00

Most Dutch largely accept the government's decision to switch to homes that are no longer connected to the natural gas network, but don't take action themselves to achieve it, the social and cultural planning office SCP said in a report on Thursday, NOS reports.

Homeowners are particularly concerned about the affordability and effect of the measures. They are also uncertain about the government's policy in this field and lack knowledge about what will replace natural gas, the SCP said. This makes homeowners hesitant to make the switch, according to the planning office.

PostNL
Sep 5 '19 09:18

The Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM is blocking PostNL's planned takeover of Sandd. The takeover would result in a monopoly on the Dutch postal market and that could lead to significant price increases, the regulator said on Thursday. 

Health insurance
Sep 5 '19 08:09

Health insurance premiums in the Netherlands will increase slightly next year, by around 3 euros per month. A basic health insurance policy will cost nearly 40 euros more per year, the government will announce on Budget Day, AD reports based on sources in The Hague.

Electric car
Sep 4 '19 13:40

The monthly costs of driving an electric car in the Netherlands is currently only 1 percent higher than the costs of driving cars that run on petrol or diesel, according to car leasing company LeasePlan's annual Car Cost Index. The only European country doing better than the Netherlands on this front is Norway, where the costs of electric- and internal combustion cars are equal. 

Brexit
Sep 4 '19 12:50

Dutch businesses are largely unconcerned by the United Kingdom's approaching departure from the European Union, research agency SEO Economic Research said in a report on Wednesday. Only 15 percent of the 684 businesses the SEO spoke to have noticed Brexit related problems. Over 55 percent said they experience little to no issues resulting from the Brexit, NU.nl reports.

Stint
Sep 4 '19 12:00

A childcare organization is suing the manufacturer of Stint electric cargo bikes. The childcare organization holds Stint Urban Mobility liable for the damages it suffered after the cargo bike was banned from public roads when a Stint was involved in a fatal accident in Oss last year, AD reports.

Apartment building
Sep 4 '19 08:26

Rents in the Netherlands continue to rise. In July, the average rents were 2.5 percent higher than in the same month last year. The highest increases happened in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.

The rents of social housing owned by housing corporations increased by 2 percent. Rents for social housing owned by other landlords and rents in free-sector housing both increased by 3.3 percent. In all three categories, the rents increased more than last year. 

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Sep 4 '19 07:33

KLM ground crew workers are on strike between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. this morning. During that time, KLM will take no hold baggage on board. The airline also canceled a total of 16 flights - nine departures and seven arrivals. All canceled flights are flights within Europe, according to flight information from Schiphol.

Apple Pay
Sep 3 '19 14:20

ABN Amro and Rabobank clients will soon be able to use Apple Pay. Bunq also announced support for the payment function, effective immediately. 

Rabobank put a page online saying that the Apple Pay function will "soon" be available. "We are now working hard to make it available to our customers", the bank said. "As soon as Apple Pay is available, we will tell you on our website and in Rabo Online Banking how to install and use Apple Pay. 

Empty classroom
Sep 3 '19 11:50

Of the 190 thousand kids who started secondary education in the 2010/11 school year, girls on average obtained a higher level of diploma than boys seven years later, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. Girls obtained a HAVO or VWO diploma more often than boys, boys more often obtained a diploma from one of the VMBO vocational courses than girls. 

Student loan application
Sep 3 '19 11:00

The PvdA also wants to get rid of the student loan system and reintroduce the basic study grant, joining the call of Coalitie-Y - an initiative of the ChristenUnie and youth organization who want to take measures to give more certainty to the next generation of young people. A vast majority in parliament now supports this plan, NU.nl reports.

Schipol_airport
Sep 3 '19 10:10

KLM ground crew employees will strike again on Wednesday, union FNV announced. Like Monday, they will not perform their duties between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

On Monday, around 500 workers of the Dutch airline's ground crew went on strike. This resulted in KLM having to cancel a total of 67 flights, only 11 of which the airline announced in advance.

Volunteers sorting food bank donations
Sep 3 '19 09:17

The number of people in the Netherlands who live below the poverty line continues to decline, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. In 2017 nearly 939 thousand people did not have enough money to get by, compared to almost a million people the year before. The SCP attributes the decline to economic growth and increased employment, NOS reports.

Amsterdam trams packed full on a snowy Monday morning, 11 Dec 2017
Sep 2 '19 08:35

Public transport prices in the Netherlands increased more over the past decade that the costs involved in driving your own car, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. In July of this year, public transit prices were 30 percent higher than in 2009. Personal car costs increased by 25 percent in this same period. For comparison, consumer products and -services prices increased by 18 percent in this period. 

In the Netherlands, the amount of money spent on car costs is 10 times higher than that spent on public transit. 

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Sep 2 '19 07:43

KLM canceled a total of 11 departures and 10 arrivals at Schiphol airport on Monday due to a strike by the Dutch airline's ground crew. All flights are within Europe. 

The strike is happening between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. due to a conflict over a collective bargaining agreement. Union FNV wants an 8 percent wage increase over two years, a less flexible roster for ground crew, and for KLM to give more of its ground crew employees a permanent contract, according to NU.n. During negotiations, KLM did not agree to any of these demands.

Schiphol Airport passengers
Aug 31 '19 08:40

Schiphol Airport security workers will be allowed to walk off the job in rotation on Sunday, a court in Haarlem ruled on Friday. Airport officials and unionized private security workers faced off on the use of labor actions to voice the FNV union’s concerns about any new security firms contracted by the airport.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. half of the workers screening passengers and their hand luggage in any given line will stop working every 30 minutes. This will continue over the course of twelve hours.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 30 '19 17:48

The partial collapse of the AFAS Stadion roof earlier this month was caused by the downward force of heavy winds. The stadium, home of Alkmaar-based football club AZ, will now undergo a renovation in which roughly 75 percent of the roof will be renovated or replaced.

Delivery scooters in front of a Domino's Pizza in The Hague
Aug 30 '19 13:10

The Domino's Pizza on Biljmerplein in Amsterdam Zuidoost will equip its delivery workers with bodycams to protect them against robbery. "It is almost certain that this plan will continue", spokesperson Marianne Kemps of Domino's Pizza said to Het Parool. 

Domino's already successfully experimented with bodycams, subsidized by the center for crime prevention and security CCV, in Rotterdam. In the areas where meal deliverers wore bodycams, the robberies stopped. "We saw that wearing the bodycams alone deters robbers. In addition, the delivery staff felt safer", Kemps said. 

Family
Aug 30 '19 11:50

Dutch young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years are struggling more and more to become independent, according to a report by social and economic council SER, the main advisory body to the Dutch government and parliament. Millennials are reaching milestones like buying a house, starting a family and building up a pension later in life than previous generations, the SER said, Niewsuur reports.

Lidl
Aug 30 '19 11:00

Lidl is taking on the fight against food waste by experimenting with selling products for only 25 cents on their expiry date. The experiment, called 'Don't waste me, I'm still good', launched in 20 stores in the Gooi region and around Amersfoort this week, RTL Nieuws reports.

The experiment includes products like bread, meat and 2 kilogram boxes of fruit and vegetables. "With meat we of course also tell people to use it immediately or freeze it", a Lidl spokesperson said to the broadcaster.

Amsterdam in the rain
Aug 30 '19 10:10

Amsterdam is the safest city in Europe and the 4th safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The top three safest cities in the world are Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka.

Haarlem
Aug 29 '19 16:50

Over the past years much effort went into luring tourists to Haarlem, but many Haarlem residents now find it the city too crowded.  The municipality therefore want to slow down tourism, in an effort to prevent Haarlem becoming as crowded as Amsterdam, NH Nieuws reports.

Man on an electric bike
Aug 29 '19 13:30

The popularity of high-speed electric bikes is skyrocketing in the Netherlands. On July 1st there were 17,200 speed pedelecs in the Netherlands, an increase of almost 62 percent compared to two years ago. These pedelecs - from 'pedal electric cycle' - are particularly popular among people aged 55 and older, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.

Thalys_et_TGV_Eurostar
Aug 29 '19 11:50

In the summer months of June, July and August almost 917 thousand people took a train from the Netherlands to a foreign country, NS International announced on Thursday. That is a 13 percent growth in passenger numbers compared to the summer of last year, NU.nl reports.

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