Nine percent of the Dutch who economized in 2012 got rid of their car. Seventy percent of the population had to cut down on costs. The Dutch institute for budget guidance, Nationaal Instituut voor Budgetvoorlichting (Nibud), concluded this in their research.
Travelers can use the free Internet in trains for another year. The Dutch Railways, Nederlandse spoorwegen (NS), extends its contract for wifi in intercity trains with provider T-Mobile with another year.
It is very easy to commit fraud with taxes, the government and the tax authorities have been aware of the problems for years. Member of political party CDA Pieter Omtzigt said this on Twitter.
All secondary schools and MBOs in Leiden are closed on Monday because someone posted a threat of an attack on the Internet. The authorities are taking the threat seriously.
In his post, written in English, the unidentified author threatens to shoot his Dutch teacher dead 'and as many students as I can’. He says he will have a note on him as an evidence. His post includes an image of the weapon which he will use: a Colt Defender.
After composer John Ewbank withdrew the previously selected official King’s Song, other artists are working hard on songs in honor of the abdication of Beatrix and the inauguration of Willem-Alexander. Among others Henny Huisman, Wim de Bie and Dries Roelvink are busy making an alternative song.
Bulgarian syndicates commit large-scale fraud involving allowances and benefits in the Netherlands. They do this by sending compatriots to the Netherlands and letting them register as 'ghost citizens' with the local authorities. This was reported by research reporter Siebe Sietsma of RTL Nieuws, based on an investigation by the Rotterdam police.
During their Federation Council in Utrecht, all 18 FNV unions, including the critical Abvakabo, have unanimously voted positive to the social agreement that FNV chairman Ton Heerts signed with the government and employers half a week ago.
Shopkeepers and cafe owners in the inner city of Amsterdam can pull out their orange and red, white and blue flags, banners and balloons beginning Tuesday. From April 23 till May 1, entrepreneurs may decorate the facades and streets for the inauguration on April 30.
Directors and supervisors in the education sector will be jointly and severally liable when they are negligent in the performance of their duties. This includes not only financial management but also educational failure. The Minister and Secretary of Education said this in an interview with NRC.
Dutch radio station Radio 2 presented the official song for the new King, ‘het Koningslied’, on Friday. The video clip will follow on Monday at 12.30pm. The song is meant for everyone who supports the royal family.
In Veendam, a town in the province of Groningen, more than 40 manhole covers have been stolen in the last few weeks. This can cause dangerous situations when road users don’t see the uncovered holes.
The court in the northern city of Leeuwarden sentenced Jasper S. to 18 years in prison for raping and murdering Marianne Vaatstra in 1999. According to the judge S. was completely sane.
25 percent of brown rats in the Netherlands are resistant to rat poison. They do eat it, but don’t die afterwards, or only die after a long time.
The HagaZiekenhuis, a hospital in The Hague, will perform heart surgery again from Tuesday. At the end of March operations in the department of cardiac surgery were put on hold after the hospital didn’t follow their own procedures.
Dutch airline KLM is experiencing a large ICT failure since last night. Customers cannot check in online or book tickets. The organization advises travelers to come to the airport earlier to check in there. The flight schedule is not affected.
After a full day's debate on the death of the Russian asylum seeker Alexander Dolmatov, State Secretary Teeven suddenly turned the issue on himself. "I don’t want to be a State Secretary with the benefit of the doubt," the VVD politician said. "I am not interested in that. That's what I just want to say."