American actor Samuel L. Jackson praised a parody video made by Dutch TV show Zondag met Lubach about the United States' national rifle association NRA. The video, made in October 2017, rebrands the NRA as nonsensical rifle addiction, and describes the large number of gun deaths in the U.S. as a humanitarian disaster caused by this disease.
The Dutch embassy in the United States invited American TV host Katie Couric to visit the Netherlands so that she can see "all the innovative ways the Dutch get around". This follows Couric saying that the Dutch are good at speed skating because they skate to work.
Canadian comedian Russell Peters and American comedian Kevin Hart will both be performing in Amsterdam this year.
The Ziggo Dome is on Peters' schedule for April 30th, according to Carbaret Info. This show forms part of his 'Deported World Tour', which takes him to 34 countries across the world. This is Peters' third visit to the Netherlands. In 2013 his show in the AFAS Live sold out completely. Presale of tickets for the Ziggo Dome show in April starts on Friday. Ticket prices range between 40 euros and 54 euros.
Club NYX in Amsterdam decided to change the door policy for its SLEAZY party after facing a large amount of criticism. On Facebook the event page read that entry for the party is 7 euros, but women with bra cup size DD can get in for free. Together with the organizers of the party, the club decided to charge everyone entry.
The Red Cross calls on Carnival celebrators to dress warmly in the coming days. The cold weather combined with alcohol consumption can quickly lead to hypothermia, according to the aid organization, NU.nl reports.
A study by the Red Cross revealed that only about a third of Dutch can recognize all symptoms of hypothermia immediately. So the aid organization decided to share tips on how to avoid it.
Ticket sales for the five big events in Amsterdam on King's Day kicked off on Thursday. In addition to the five big parties, there will also be numerous flea markets and smaller parties spread throughout the city on Kings Day, April 27th, the city announced.
The five big parties are Loveland van Oranje in Meerpark, Oranjebloesem on Pampuslaan, Kingsland Festival in the RAI, Apenkooi Koninginnedag in Olympisch Gebied and Urban Music Festival on Turbinestraat.
Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters will be performing in the gardens of Soestdijk Palace on July 5th. They will be the opening act for the third edition of Royal Park Live, the festival announced on their website.
Costello released 32 albums throughout his career and is known for hits like Oliver's Army and Good Year for the Roses.
This year Royal Park Live will also feature performances from Sting, Jack Johnson and Dutch band The Analogues, ANP reports.
Presale for tickets to Elvis Costello and The Analogues start on February 5th.
A study by travel organization Expedia revealed that Dutch people are the wildest skiers in the world. They are the biggest drinkers of all ski enthusiast and are not averse to being naked, or even having sex on the slope, according to the study, RTL Nieuws reports.
Expedia surveyed 13 thousand skiers over the age of 18 from 13 different countries. The survey revealed that Austria is the favorite skiing destination, mainly due to the great apres ski culture in the country. And especially Dutch people make good use of this culture.
Michael Wolff, the author of the much discussed book about American president Donald Trump titled Fire and Fury, will be speaking in Amsterdam next month. He will be a guest on this year's College Tour, broadcaster NTR announced.
The anti- Zarte Piet protestors arrested in November 2016 during the national arrival of Sinterklaas in Maasluis will not be prosecuted.
168 people have received the news through a letter from the Public Prosecutor this week. Their cases have been dismissed due to insufficient evidence and because they have been unjustly regarded as suspects, according to NOS
The Social Security Bank presented on Friday the list with the most popular baby names of last year. In 2017 the most popular name for boys has been Noah, for girls Emma. These names were chosen respectively 635 and 755 times.
Here are the top 5 for the girls: Emma, Tess, Sophie, Julia and Anna. And the boy's top five: Noah, Sem, Lucas, Finn and Daan. There are differences in the trends with the baby names depending on the Dutch provinces. In Friesland the top of the list is occupied by Jess and Lieke, in Zeeland Jan and Johanna and Levi and Tess in Gelderland.
People in the Netherlands who want a way of recording their sexual partners' explicit consent to various sex acts can now utilize a new blockchain-based app called LegalFling. Launched by Amsterdam software development firm LegalThings on Thursday, the app requests and records explicit mutual consent to sexual contact between different users.
After another record year in 2017, the Amsterdam Dance Event has announced its dates for 2018, saying that the showcase will focus on South Korea. The 23rd edition of ADE takes place from October 17th to the 21st throughout the Dutch capital city.
Last year, about 395,000 visitors enjoyed the 22nd edition. This year the organizers are expecting a few thousand more, to bring attendance up over 400,000 including local Netherlands residence and international music fans.
The municipality of Amsterdam has decided to decrease the maximum number of nights a private home may be rented. The 50 percent reduction takes the number of nights from 60 down to 30 beginning on New Year's Day 2019, the city said in a statement.
"I know that the decreasing of the limit is not the solution to the fuss in the city. But at least this ruling could diminish the nuisance caused by tourists in certain districts," said Laurens Ivens, the Amsterdam Alderman in charge of housing issues. He acknowledged that it will deter many from renting their home out at all.
At long last, fans of Rotterdam's most famous football team have a new way of replacing their fire extinguishers manufactured by Dutch firm Ajax. The Feyenoord football club has given permission for its name and red-and-white color scheme to be used as branding on new pieces of firefighting gear to take the spot of those proudly bearing the Ajax name.
Ajax, now owned by Chubb, has produced fire extinguishers in Amsterdam for over 100 years. Of course it also happens to share the brand name with Amsterdam's top football club, the arch-rival of Feyenoord.
The little black rhino born at Diergaarde Blijdorp in Rotterdam finally made its first public appearance last Thursday. Born a day before Christmas Eve, the female calf spent its first ten days in its stall before venturing out on the zoo grounds.
The girl was allowed to explore the outdoors under the surveillance of its mother Naima.
Naima and male rhino Vungu were brought to the zoo in Rotterdam back in 2013. At the time, they were the first black rhinos to roam the zoo in over 50 years.
In 2017 the Dutch traveled more than in 2016, especially abroad, a new study from NBTC-NIPO shows. The research, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that more than 13 million Dutch, 82% of the total population, went on holiday at least once during 2017. That's around 250,000 more compared to 2016.
Last year 16.8 billion Euros were spent in total on holidays in and out of the Nehterlands, which is 1 billion Euros more than 2016.
The Van Gogh Museum closed 2017 with a new record of 2.26 million visitors, which makes it the most visitors in the Netherlands. "This milestone shows that Van Gogh still inspires an uncountable number of people from the whole world. That is fantastic", Axel Rüger, director of the museum, told Het Parool.
There was also an increase of almost four percent in the number of people in possession of the Museumkaart in 2017. Sone 1.35 million people now have a Museumkaart and the cards were used a total of 8.7 million times, an average of 6.6 times per person.
Transavia took down a video it uploaded to YouTube after the airline was accused of plagiarizing the work of a Dutch model. The videos are supposedly too similar to the videos of YouTuber Lize Korpershoek.
Tim Hofman, a BNNVARA host and Korpershoek friend, wrote several tweets late on Thursday where he accused Transavia of replicating his pal's work. "To copy each and every format of independent content makers is just odd, man" he wrote.
A group of around 100 youngsters attacked police by throwing bottles and stones at officers early on Friday. No arrests were made at the time of the incident, when police say youths also hurled insults at them.
Dutch rapper Boef's performances at several festivals, and his cooperation with Coorendon, were canceled following a commotion surrounding vlogs he posted early this week. The 24-year-old rapper called women who gave him a lift home whores.
A total of 434 people were treated for fireworks related injuries at the emergency rooms of Dutch hospitals over New Year's, a decrease of 8 percent compared to the year before. The number of victims under te age of 15 increased from 99 last year to 119 this year, according to a joint study by VeiligheidNL and broadcaster NOS.
During the run up to New Year's Eve and a few days after, over 53,000 complaints were reported to a website devoted to logging fireworks nuisances in the Netherlands. The registration had a 10 percent increase in complaints over a year ago, suggesting that either people are more frequently annoyed by fireworks, or more people know about the website created by 30 local GroenLinks party factions.
Dutch rapper Boef apologized for calling three women who gave him a lift on New Year's morning 'whores' in two vlogs, NOS reports.
The 24-year-old man, real name Soufiane Boussaadia, got a flat tire on New Year's morning and then got a lift from three women. In a video posted on Snapchat about the experience, Boef called the women 'kechs', which means whores in Dutch street language, according to the broadcaster.