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A Meals Unite dinner in progress
Dec 9 '18 08:00

A new Amsterdam-based platform and app aims to connect people across the Netherlands face-to-face through meal sharing. Through Meals Unite you can host a dinner for people in your neighborhood, or be a guest at someone else's dinner anywhere in the Netherlands, simply by signing up for it.

The Traveling Frenchman single-origin chocolate
Dec 8 '18 08:00

Looking for a unique Christmas gift this year? Why not spoil a loved one with a delicious, chocolatey treat from The Traveling Frenchman.

The Amsterdam based company sells single-origin chocolate and hot chocolate flakes. This means the chocolate is made using cocoa beans from one specific place of origin. The beans take on the characteristics of the region where it is grown, and can take on floral, herbal, earthy or berry tones depending on region. 

Huawei Technology in Shenzhen, China
Dec 7 '18 10:00

For the time being, Dutch provider T-Mobile will not stop using Huawei equipment in its telecom networks due to foreign concerns that the Chinese company's equipment is being used for espionage. KPN and VodafoneZiggo are still considering, RTL Z reports after speaking to the telecom companies.

In the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the authorities are concerned that China is using Huawei's equipment for espionage. The countries are therefore barring the Chinese company from tendering for the 5G network, the successor of 4G.

Child and airplane
Dec 7 '18 09:04

The Dutch government wants to implement a flight tax of 7 euros per plane ticket, regardless of the destination. The government previously considered a tax of 3.80 euros for flights within Europe and 22 euros for intercontinental flights, but opted  for a fixed amount to make the Tax Authority's job easier, sources in The Hague confirmed to NU.nl after reports in RTL Nieuws.

Paiement_euros
Dec 6 '18 14:10

Property tax for Dutch homeowners is increasing by an average of 2.2 percent in the coming year, according to own home association VEH after surveying 111 municipalities. The outlier is the municipality of Cuijk, where property tax is increasing by 32 percent, from 259 euros to 342 euros. This comes on top of a 12 percent increase implemented last year, NOS reports. 

Dec 6 '18 12:30

Six poultry farmers were sentenced to prison and community service for committing fraud with their poultry rights. They kept more poultry and produced more manure than they had permits for. They must also pay the illegal profits they made back to the State, totaling in an amount of 860 thousand euros, NOS reports.

According to the judge, the farmers all violated the Fertilizers Act, which is intended to reduce the surplus manure and livestock containment in order to protect the environment. By doing so they created unfair competition. 

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Dec 6 '18 10:50

Dutch people often misjudge important facts about the Netherlands. The Dutch population's perception about immigration, unemployment and climate change figures, among others, is far wrong, according to the study Perils of Perception by Ipsos. The research agency interviewed citizens from 37 countries. In none of the countries did the citizens estimate figures correctly, RTL Nieuws reports.

A PostNL van
Dec 6 '18 09:08

In the run-up to Pakjesavond, PostNL processed a record number of around 12 million parcels in its distribution centers. Last year just under 10 million parcels were processed between Black Friday and December 4th, NU.nl reports.

According to PostNL, this figure was higher than expected, thanks to the increasing popularity of doing Sinterklaas shopping online. Black Friday and Cyber Monday were also busier than ever. The Dutch postal service is preparing for a similarly busy Christmas period.

Euros
Dec 5 '18 15:40

Business man Bill Browder pressed money laundering charges against a number of banks and businesses in the Netherlands. The Pubic Prosecutor is currently investigating the charges to see if criminal prosecution is justified, RTL Nieuws reports.

Sinterklaas visits a school in Amsterdam, 5 December 2018
Dec 5 '18 11:10

PostNL was flooded with complaints in the run-up to Pakjesavond on Tuesday. Hundreds of customers were worried that their Sinterklaas gifts would not arrive on time, AD reports.

The fact that Sinterklaas is increasingly buying his gifts online has its disadvantages. Online shops, sorting centers, and package deliverers were overflowing with packages this past week, according to the newspaper. 

Amsterdam city center
Dec 4 '18 16:10

Amsterdam is one of the world's top 25 most visited cities in the world, according to Euromonitor International's annual Top 100 City Destinations 2018. Like last year, the Dutch capital is 23rd in the ranking, NU.nl reports.

In 2018 Amsterdam welcomed 8.5 million visitors, an 8 percent increase compared to 2017. Since 2012, Amsterdam climbed four spots on the ranking.

Euromonitor International considers a visitor to be someone who spends more than one day but less than 12 months in a city. Day visitors are therefore not included in the figures. 

Cyclist narrowly escapes being hit by an NS Intercity train
Dec 4 '18 11:10

ProRail closed the unguarded railway crossing in Geleen, Limburg, due to a number of recent near-miss incidents at the crossing. Last week the rail manager posted a video of one such near miss at this crossing online, as part of a campaign to warn against the dangers of level crossings. The video went viral, NOS reports.

On Sunday ProRail posted another near-miss video of this same crossing. Like the first video, this video shows a cyclist very nearly being hit by a train.

Tourists at the I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum
Dec 3 '18 10:00

The red and white 'I Amsterdam' letters were removed from the Museumplein on Monday morning. The removal started at 8:30 a.m. and the letters were taken away on a truck 30 minutes later, Het Parool reports.

Rabobank
Dec 3 '18 09:07

Tens of thousands of Rabobank customers were met with a nasty shock on Saturday. Their savings mortgage payments were deducted twice. This happened due to human error and the amounts have since been refunded, a spokesperson for the bank said to NOS.

This concerned customers with a so-called build-up mortgage. The mistake resulted in many Rabobank customers starting the expensive December in the red, they complained on social media. 

Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Dec 3 '18 08:48

Around 600 thousand traffic signs in the Netherlands are redundant, and the mess of signs along the road actually decrease road safety, according to safe traffic association VVN, the government's knowledge center on traffic and transport CROW, and HR Groep, the Telegraaf reports. 

The Netherlands counts over 3 million traffic signs. 20 percent of them are superfluous. The organizations call for these redundant signs to be removed, because they distract motorists and may cause them to overlook more important road signs.

Tony's Chocolonely
Nov 30 '18 12:30

Tony's Chocolonely is opening its own chocolate factory in former flour mill Pakhuis de Vrede in Zaandam. "There will also be a roller coaster", CEO Henk Jan Beltman said to RTL Nieuws.

Over the past 12 years Tony's Chocolonely has grown to become one of the most popular chocolate brands in the Netherlands. The company only uses responsibly sourced cocoa, for which farmers in Africa received acceptable payment and no children were used during harvest, according to the broadcaster. Its chocolate bars are currently made in factories in Belgium.

Queen Maxima, March 2018
Nov 29 '18 13:20

Argentine president Mauricio Macri invited Queen Maxima to attend the gala evening to kick off the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday evening. The Dutch Queen was invited in her role as special advocate for the Secretary General of the United Nations in the area of inclusive financing, ANP reports.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also attend the G20 Summit. The Netherlands was invited to the summit as an extra country, just like last year when Germany invited the Netherlands to attend.

A boat cruising down Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 May 2018
Nov 29 '18 12:30

Amsterdam is banning all boats from sailing on the canals in the city center between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. from mid next year. Private skippers and companies will also not be allowed to sail with more than 12 passengers without a permit. Alderman Sharon Dijksma hopes that these measure will reduce nuisance caused by boat traffic in the inner city, Het Parool reports.

Nov 29 '18 10:50

Shell has not paid any profit tax in the Netherlands for years, despite earning billions of euros in the country every year, newspaper Trouw reports based on "well informed" sources and a confidential internal document from the Ministry of Finance. 

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Nov 29 '18 09:50

An interim environmental impact report for Schiphol airport is incorrect on a number of important points, according to the authors of a second report drawn up at the request of the airport. Both reports are set to be published on Thursday, NOS reports.

A PostNL van
Nov 29 '18 08:27

Criminals abuse PostNL's parcel delivery system. The network of subcontracted package delivers are misused by criminals for things like drug transports and money laundering, Financieele Dagblad reports.

In 2014 PostNL CEO Herna Verhagen was warned about the vulnerability of courier- and parcel delivery companies, according to the newspaper. These businesses are vulnerable to threats, intimidation, money laundering, drug trafficking and and bribery, FD writes. 

KPN Takeover
Nov 28 '18 16:00

KPN will implement 350 million euros in cutbacks over the next three years to accelerate its transition from telephone company to a modern telecom company, the company announced on its investors' day. Whether any jobs will be lost is not yet clear, ANP reports.

One of the cuts the company will make is in labor costs. But that can not be directly translated in a concrete number of full-time jobs being lost, because it also involves the hiring of external staff, a KPN spokesperson said to the news wire. KPN currently employs around 12,600 people full-time. 

Homes in vacation park Slagharen
Nov 28 '18 15:10

Between 6 thousand and 9 thousand people permanently live in a vacation home in one of the Veluwe's vacation parks, Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs wrote to parliament. The Ministry investigated to gain more insight into the nature and scale of the permanent occupancy of vacation parks, NOS reports.

Teacher
Nov 28 '18 11:00

Almost a quarter of teachers in secondary education in the Netherlands feel less safe at school than they did three years ago. Around 10 percent even give their personal safety a failing score, according to a study by education institution DUO among over a thousand teachers, NU.nl reports.

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