King Willem-Alexander plans to celbrate his 50th birthday with 150 Dutch whose birthday is on the same day as his - April 27th. The King and 150 Dutch will celebrate their birthdays with a celebratory dinner in the Royal Palace on Dam square in Amsterdam on Friday, April 28th, AD reports.
The Dutch government is implementing stricter rules for very high salaries that are paid with tax money, such as those of presenters for public broadcasters or managers in healthcare. From now on workers in the public and semi-public sector may no longer earn more money than Ministers, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Friday, ANP reports.
After 18 years of dancing, organizers ID&T is stopping the Dutch edition of dance party Sensation. The last Sensation is happening in Amsterdam on Saturday, July 8th. It's theme is The Final, NU.nl reports.
Justin Bieber will be performing at Pinkpop this year. The Canadian singer is listed as one of the headliners of the three-day festival and will go on stage on June 3rd, the organizers announced on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
The Pinkpop performance forms part of Bieber's Purpose World Tour.
Bieber is the third headliner announced for the festival, which will take place on June 3rd, 4th and 5th in Landgraaf, Limburg. Other performances this year include Green Day, System of a Down, Kings of Leon and Martin Garrix.
Broadcaster RTL decided to go through with the "Premier debate" later this month despite the VVD and PVV refusing their invitations. RTL initially decided to cancel the election debate after Geert Wilders and Mark Rutte said they wouldn't participate. But a massive outcry from viewers and other political parties made them change their mind.
Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach's "America first, but Netherlands Second" video has triggered a world wide response. More and more countries are posting videos pitching their virtues in response to American president Donald Trump's "America First" stance.
The Resist Festival held in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam on Thursday raised over 65 thousand euros for Minister Lilianne Ploumen's family planning fund She Decides.
Dutch rock singer Ryanne van Dorst, better known as Elle Bandita, was born a hermaphrodite, she announced in her new reality show Geslacht! on NPO3 on Tuesday. She was born with both male and female sexual characteristics, and on the doctor's advice her parents decided to "make" her a girl with surgery and hormone treatments, she said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
Amsterdam will be hosting five large parties on King's Day on April 27th this year. There will also be many markets and smaller stages for live music, the municipality announced in a press release on Wednesday. Ticket sales for the large events start tomorrow.
Irish band The Cranberries will be playing an acoustic concert, accompanied by a string quartet, in Amsterdam's Carre theater on May 10th. Ticket sales start Friday, NU.nl reports.
The Cranberries were a sensation in the 90's with hits like Linger, Zombie and Dreams. The band sold more than 40 million albums and still enjoys more than 2 million streams per month on Spotify.
Following Donald Trump's inaugaration as president of the United States, Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach posted a video online introducing him to the Netherlands and trying to convince him that "we totally understand it's going to be America first, but can we just say The Netherlands second?" This viral video sparked a competition with a number of other EU countries, all vying for second place in the world, after America first of course.
A Christmas party for the Nijmegen police last month ended with police officers passed out and "urinating in sinks", according to an internal email in which a police team leader calls his colleagues to order, which the Gelderlander managed to get hold of.
"We issued a card that does not fit with our position iin the Nijmegen society", the email reads. "How can we as independent law enforcement enter a bar tomorrow and call others on their behavior."
The Netherlands' healthcare system is the best in Europe, according to the annual index by Swedish Health Consumer Powerhouse. The Netherlands has been number in Europe on this index since 2008, the Telegraaf reports.
Powerhouse compares accessibility, cost, treatment outcome and use of medicine for their ranking. This year the Netherlands scored 927 out of the possible 1,000 points. Improvements were seen in shorter waiting lists.
Musician Nathan Dillen was give a 380 euro fine for making music on a train from Amsterdam to his hometown of Kampen on Friday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The musician was heading home on the train with his brother when some fellow travelers asked if he would play them something on his clarinet. He did so with pleasure and, according to a friend on Facebook, the other passengers seemed to appreciate the music.
For he first time since 2010 the number of books borrowed from libraries in the Netherlands showed an increase, albeit a small one. In 2015 the 770 public libraries across the country lent out a total of 75 million books, slightly more than in the previous year, NOS reports.
The National Reading Days in the Netherlands kicked off on Wednesday morning with numerous Dutch celebrities reading to kids at breakfast at schools, kindergartens, daycares and libraries across the country, Het Parool reports.
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British actor Gorden Kaye, best known for his role as Rene Artois in BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo, passed away on Monday. With a second run of an 'Allo 'Allo stage production set for the Badhuis Theater in Amsterdam in February, the stage actors are devastated by his death.
Canadian rapper Drake is in Amsterdam, and he is not letting his visit go by unnoticed. This weekend he dropped in at a Bar Mitzvah celebration and did a surprise show with Rae Sremmurd in the Melkweg, AT5 reports.
On Saturday night the rapper was spotted at a Bar Mitzvah party in the Amstel Hotel with Jamie Foxx. And on Sunday night the audience in the Melkweg went through the roof when Drake suddenly walked on stage during the Rae Sremmurd performance. He performed Fake Love and Jumpman, according to the local broadcaster.
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix will be giving a benefit show for charity War Child in Amsterdam's Paradiso on February 21st. All proceeds for this once-off show will go towards the organization, which helps children in conflict zones, AD reports.
Donilio, a 19-year-old who participated in student reality television series Dream School, died suddenly in his sleep. He was found dead on January 10th, the Telegraaf reports.
From today French thriller Elle by director Paul Verhoeven will be showing again in seven cinemas in the Netherlands, distributor Independent Films announced. Cinemas in Haarlem, Den Bosch, Zwolle, Enschede, Amsterdam, Breda and Hoorn all requested a copy of the film after Ell was awarded two Golden Globes, NU.nl reports.
After years and years of performing live for the newly Dutch at their naturalization ceremony in Amsterdam's town hall, tenor Henk Kreukniet is being replaced by a video recording, AT5 reports.
According to Kreukniet, performing at the naturalization ceremonies was a weekly highlight for him. "Amazing, every time it was as if it was the first time. No routine, no weariness, every week we did it with pleasure", he said to the local broadcaster.
U2 is heading back to Amsterdam. The Irish rock band will perform a concert in the Amsterdam Arena on July 29th as part of their tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album The Joshua Tree - the album that took the band to international record levels, AT5 reports.
Tickets for the concert goes on sale on Monday, January 16th.
The Joshua Tree was U2's fifth studio album. It included hits like With or Without You, Where the Streets Have No Name, and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
The Roosendaal fire department made skaters' night on Friday by rushing water to the Iceworld Roosendaal ice rink on Markt. Employees were unable to spray the rink with water themselves, because the pipes were frozen, Weekblad De Bode reports.
Instead of letting their skaters down, the Iceworld employees called the fire department for help. Firefighters rushed over, sprayed the ice rink with water and saved the skaters' pleasant skating evening.
Some of the firefighting water ended up on the road. The road was sprinkled with salt to prevent it turning slippery.