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KPN Takeover
Apr 26 '19 12:30

Dutch telecom provider KPN will work with controversial Chinese company Huawei for the construction of its 5G network, though a "western" company will be used for the "critical core" of this network, KPN said on Friday, NU.nl reports.

The partnership with Huawei will center around modernizing KPN's mobile network. According to the Dutch company, this collaboration is all about preparatory work and the agreement could be reversed to comply with Dutch government policy. 

Police tape seals crime scene for forensic investigation
Apr 26 '19 10:40

Two Amsterdam coffeeshops targeted with explosives over the past months are located in buildings owned by the same man - 56-year-old entrepreneur Jan Erkelens. He owns more than 10 buildings in Amsterdam where coffeeshops are located, Het Parool reports.

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Apr 26 '19 08:58

Amsterdam is increasing its fines for not paying for paid parking substantially from July 1st. Drivers who don't pay their parking in the capital currently face a fine composed of a base rate of 47.60 euros, plus the hourly parking rate in the area and administrative costs. From July that base rate will increase to the maximum allowed 62.70 euros, the Telegraaf reports.

The base rate is calculated by dividing the expected annual costs of parking enforcement by the expected number of fines expected to be imposed, a spokesperson for the municipality explained to the newspaper.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Apr 25 '19 10:10

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, want the number of night flights at Schiphol to be reduced. Some parties even want night flights to be scrapped completely. The Kamer will discuss aviation with Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.

Home for rent
Apr 24 '19 15:10

Municipalities bordering the large Dutch cities are seeing large population growth, which means that rents in these municipalities are also rising sharply. In the first quarter of this year, free sector rents nationwide increased an average of 4.9 percent compared to a year ago, while some areas around the Randstad saw increases of more than 18 percent, rental broker Pararius said on Wednesday, NU.nl reports. 

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Apr 24 '19 14:20

Rail manager ProRail is going to invest 3.5 billion euros into building more train stations and renewing and modernizing existing ones over the next 10 years, ProRail CEO Pier Eringa announced with the rail manager's annual figures on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

More train stations need to be built, especially as more and more residential areas are being built. Many municipalities already asked for their 'own' station, Eringa said. According to ProRail, there is room for about 20 new train stations, but they will only be built after negotiations with governments and financiers.

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
Apr 24 '19 13:30

The municipality of Amsterdam is going to court in an attempt to prevent a strike by enforcement officers on King's Day. The enforcers plan to strike between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. But according to the municipality, King's Day is not the appropriate time for this action, NOS reports.

Keukenhof
Apr 23 '19 15:20

The past days' summery weather resulted in a very successful Easter weekend for Keukenhof. Over 200 thousand people visited the flower park over the past weekend. A great deal more than the 80 thousand visitors the park received last Easter, when Easter weekend fell almost a month earlier and temperatures were a lot colder, NU.nl reports.

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
Apr 23 '19 13:40

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam will strike for three hours on King's Day, unless the municipality meets their demands for more equipment with which to defend themselves before then. The strike will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Dutch enforcement officers' union NBB said during a protest on Dam Square, the Telegraaf reports.

Sold sign in front of a home
Apr 23 '19 12:50

The  average selling price of existing owner-occupied homes in the Netherlands amounted to 302,845 euors in March. That is 7.7 percent higher than in March 2018, and the highest level in Dutch history, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Tuesday.

Compared to the low point on the housing market in June 2013, prices for existing owner-occupied homes were 36.1 percent higher in March. Home prices have been climbing consistently ever since the low point on the market. In May 2018, prices for the first time reached above the record level in August 2008. 

Empty classroom
Apr 23 '19 12:00

Almost a third of the controversial Amsterdam secondary school Cornelius Haga Lyceum's budget for 2018 went to the school's director Soner Atasoy and two of his family members who also work at the school, NRC reports based on a confidential report from the general intelligence and security service AIVD. 

Cows in a stable
Apr 23 '19 10:20

The number of so-called mega-stables in the Netherlands increased from 456 in 2010 to 801 in 2017, an increase of 76 percent, animal rights organization Wakker Dier reports based on figures from Wageningen University and Research. A mega-stable is a stable that houses more than 7,500 slaughter pigs, 1,200 breeding pigs, 120,000 laying hens, 250 dairy cows, 2,500 veal calves or 1,500 goats, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Apr 22 '19 12:40

Coffeeshop New Times on Spuisstraat in Amsterdam was closed by request of the municipality after two hand grenades were found there over the weekend. The coffeeshop agreed to close for a week, after which the municipality will decide whether further closure is needed, AT5 reports.

The first hand grenade was found near a parking garage at New Times early on Saturday morning. The second was found on the pavement in front of the coffeeshop at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Spuistraat was closed down for several hours on both days, while explosive experts removed the grenades. 

Keukenhof
Apr 22 '19 08:51

De Keukenhof received so many visitors on Saturday and Sunday that the flower park in Lisse was inaccessible by car on both days. On Sunday morning, people even stopped on the emergency lane on the A44 to take photos of the flower fields, NOS reports.

The park's parking lots were overflowing with cars. And cars stopping on the A44 caused quite a traffic jam near Kaag. Public works department Rijkswaterstaat had to call on road users to not stop on the highway. The shuttle bus to Keukenhof was temporarily halted on Saturday, Arriva said.

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Apr 19 '19 15:10

Suppliers force web stores to charge minimum prices for their products, refusing to deliver to stores who sell their products for lower prices. While this is not allowed, the practice is common, the Dutch authority for consumers and markets ACM said to NOS.

Shell Refueller
Apr 19 '19 12:40

The police arrested 20 people on Friday morning during an unannounced demonstration at the Shell headquarters in The Hague. Twelve were arrested for committing vandalism, eight for not following police orders, NU.nl.

The demonstrators sprayed graffiti on the walls of the building, among other things. Some 50 demonstrators in total showed up to protest at Shell headquarters on Carel van Bylandtlaan.

The police took the detainees to a police station for processing. A area was made available for the remaining protesters to hold their demonstration. 

Main gate Auschwitz concentration camp
Apr 19 '19 11:50

There is conflict at the future National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam about four photos taken at Auschwitz by Greek camp prisoner Alberto Errera. These four photos are considered the clearest photographic evidence of the Holocaust. The guest curators at the museum want to show the photos in the exhibition The Jewish Persecution in Photos, but the directors of the future museum want to tape them off, the Volkskrant reports.

Empty classroom
Apr 19 '19 11:00

The Amstelveen College is closed on Friday due to signals that students wanted to cause riots at the school during the annual Amstelveen stunt. The school informed parents on Friday morning. Amstelveen College deliberately waited to announce the closure, "because of fear of nighttime incidents", the school said, NU.nl reports.

Saks Off 5th
Apr 18 '19 11:40

Saks Off 5th is leaving the Netherlands. The outlet department stores' branches in Amsterdam and Rotterdam will soon close. On social media, Saks Off 5th said that it is "sad" to be leaving the Netherlands "towards the end of June".

Saks Off 5th sells expensive brands at outlet prices. Earlier this month, the company already announced that it is closing its six branches in Germany. 

Retirement
Apr 18 '19 10:50

Millions of Dutch retirees may soon face a reduction in their pensions, the large pension funds warn in their quarterly reports. Time is running out in particular for metal funds PME and PMT. There seems to be small chance that they will get their financial position in order in time to prevent cuts, NU.nl reports.

Tourists at a tulip field
Apr 18 '19 10:00

One million tourists are expected to visit the Netherlands during the Easter weekend, 150 thousand more than last year, according to the Netherlands board of tourism and convention NBTC. Mainly tourists from the Netherlands' neighboring countries will visit this weekend, NOS reports.

Around two thirds of the Easter visitors come from Germany and a quarter from Belgium, the NBTC estimates. In addition, some 350 thousand Dutch people will also go on holiday in the Netherlands this weekend. 

Apr 18 '19 08:29

Motorists can expect busy roads in the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon and evening. As the long Easter weekend starts, traffic jams will be longer and start earlier, public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects. The first traffic jams are expected to start forming around 2:00 p.m., NU.nl reports.

ASML headquarters in Veldhoven
Apr 17 '19 12:00

It wasn't the Chinese government, but South Korean tech company Samsung that was behind corporate espionage at Dutch chip machine maker ASML, CEO of the Dutch company Peter Wennink suggested in an interview with broadcaster NOS.

University of Amsterdam
Apr 16 '19 15:10

The University of Amsterdam wants to build 3 thousand student homes in Almere, in an effort to help solve the housing shortage. Almere is willing to consider the request, but wants something in return. The Netherlands' youngest city wants the University of Amsterdam to open a branch in the city, Het Parool reports.

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