May 2 '13 08:04

Although primary school pupils in the rural areas score better in standardized testing and get better school references than city school children do, they often choose to go to secondary education. This is one of the conclusions of the report De Dorpenmonitor of the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), which was presented on Thursday.

May 2 '13 07:57

Prime Minister Mark Rutte awarded on Thursday afternoon the first seven medals to persons who actively contributed to the smooth running of the inauguration. The medal is a tangible reminder of King Willem-Alexander's ascension to the throne.

Rutte presented the medals to representatives of emergency services, civil servants, police, military, volunteers and others. The Prime Minister handed out the medals at a meeting organized by the municipality in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. The Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, delivered a speech there.

May 2 '13 07:52

Labour leader Diederik Samsom continues to fight for a coalition agreement about the criminalization of illegality, despite the problems it causes in his party. However, he will consult with the various departments of the party about everything. "Otherwise we're not going to discuss," he said on Wednesday in Pauw and Witteman.

May 2 '13 07:44

The rise in unemployment will peak in 2014 to up to 9 percent. The bad economic prospects will cause loss of jobs and rising unemployment. This is a conclusion of the Economic Office of ABN Amro in the report 'Dutch Economy in Sight' published on Thursday .

While the rise earlier was caused by starters and returning employees to the labor market, the unemployment growth is now also a result of the shrinking employment. The number of jobs increased in 2011, but not enough to help the many starters and people who return to the work force, the report said.

May 1 '13 23:00

On their first working day the new king and queen of the Netherlands said goodbye to their guests after breakfast in the Palace on de Dam in Amsterdam.

May 1 '13 18:40

"On the 4th of May we should only remember victims of the Second World War, including the 102 thousand Jewish Dutch". The director of the foundation that coördinates special care for the Jewish community in the Netherlands, Stichting Joods Maatschappelijk Werk, wrote this in newspaper de Volkskrant.

May 1 '13 17:49

Mayor Wolfsen (53) of the city of Utrecht will stop on the 31st of December this year. He doesn’t want to start a second term of office of six years. Wolfsen has been the mayor of Utrecht since 2008.

May 1 '13 17:11

The exhibition ‘Beeld van Beatrix’, image of Beatrix, in Paleis Het Loo in the city of Apeldoorn will be extended with four weeks because of great interest. The works of art can now be seen until the 16th of June.

May 1 '13 16:30

Energy bills will go down significantly in the next few years. According to the Dutch independent organization that supervises competition, telecommunication- and consumer law, Autoriteit Consument & Markt (ACM), the difference can be tens of euros per year.

May 1 '13 15:46

In the night before Queensday and on the day itself the police arrested 135 people. Public drunkenness was the most common offense.

May 1 '13 14:43

Hundreds of people are standing in line to visit De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam where the inauguration took place yesterday. The church still looks exactly the same as during the ceremony.

Apr 30 '13 18:04

The municipality of Amsterdam paid residents of houses around De Nieuwe Kerk five hundred euros per house to leave during the inauguration.

Apr 30 '13 17:16

The providers are coping well with the extra demand for phone services around the crowning. No major problems occurred so far.

Apr 30 '13 17:14

Just after 4pm a stabbing occurred at the entrance of the Central Station in Amsterdam. One person was brought to hospital with unknown injuries.

Apr 30 '13 16:19

The supermarkets, sandwich shops and snack bars are full with hungry people. But also the shops selling other items are busy. Almost all stores and hospitality venues on Amsterdam Central Station are open on Queensday.

Apr 30 '13 15:58

The police apologized for arresting two republican protestors who were protesting against the monarch on de Dam in Amsterdam. They brought them back to the center of the city.

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