The twelve Dutch provinces are upset about the plans to merge them into five ‘country parts’. The government wants to combine the provinces to make sure they can also fulfill their administrative tasks in the future.
After months of research RTL Nieuws revealed the ‘big secret’ of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam on Friday. The lead cylinder that was found behind a memorial stone of the Marathon tower on the 22nd of November 2012 contained a certificate, an Olympic medal, an Olympic stamp collection and a mysterious note.
KPN considers replacing the fixed Internet connection with 4G in remote areas in the future. However, the provider emphasizes that the decision about the extra fast mobile Internet has not been made yet and that it would be a long term project.
Vodafone introduces a subscription with no extra charges for calling, texting and surfing the Internet abroad. This is the first Dutch provider to offer this service.
Activists protested in Enschede against the closure of prisons in the east of the Netherlands. The protestors are afraid of more unemployment in the region because Secretary of State Fred Teeven plans to save 340 million euro on prisons.
An estimated 20,000 people attended the performance of The Passion in an icy The Hague on Thursday evening.
At the Hofvijver, well-known artists, led by René van Kooten, performed the story of the last hours of the life of Jesus. The annual music spectacle was shown for the third time.
The cast included Daniel Boissevain, Anita Meyer and Jim Bakkum. Jörgen Raymann was the narrator.
According to a study of the Citizen Perspectives of the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), many older people think that in the Netherlands the difference between the rich and poor has grown too big.
The report, presented on Friday, also states that in the last quarter, people older than 55 (42% of respondents) believe that their financial position in the coming years will deteriorate than do young people (17%).
Multinational companies who use the Netherlands to avoid high taxes in their own country must be curbed. In the College Tour (NTR) episode on Friday, Labour (PvdA) leader Diederik Samsom said, "I think it's a bad idea that the Netherlands is a tax haven; that we do not impose enough taxes on companies which do not do anything in our country but only channel their money."
"I want to change something about it. Step by step we are going to tackle this scourge."
The Dutch economy shrank faster in the last quarter of 2012 than previously thought. This follows from the second estimate of the CBS, which was distributed on Thursday. According to the estimate, the economy shrank by 0.4 percent. The first estimate in mid-February, on the other hand, showed a shrinking of 0.2 percent.
The shrinkage was 1.2 percent compared to a year earlier. In the first estimate, this was still at 0.9 percent. Consumer expenditure was lower and authorities spent less money than expected.
The confidence of the Dutch people in their government has decreased. During the formation of this government in the fourth quarter last year, the number of people that had trust in the government was about 10% higher.
The Citizen Perspectives report of the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), presented on Friday, shows that only 51 percent of the Dutch people have confidence in the government. Last quarter, when the cabinet formation took place, the political mood improved considerably. Then the confidence in the government increased from 41 percent to 57 percent.
150 guests were evacuated after a large fire in the hotel of wellness- and sauna complex Thermen Bussloo in Voorst started on Thursday afternoon.
Jasper S. confessed the murder of Marianne Vaatstra for the second time during the trial that started on Thursday morning in Leeuwarden.
Two people died and four were severely injured after a serious traffic accident on the N223 close to Lier on Thursday morning.
The National Police must give permission to producer Four One Media to use police uniforms and cars in the TV series Doctor Tinus. This was ruled by the court in Amsterdam on Wednesday in the lawsuit that was filed by TV producers.
The National Police are lately trying to improve their image. As a result, they have tightened permissions to use their logo, uniforms and cars. Those can only be used if they add to the positive image of the National Police, according to the new guidelines.
The coalition parties VVD and PvdA understand that the price of stamps must increase, but, at the same time, they warn that this cannot always be the solution to the financial problems at PostNL.
"The rates should not rise indefinitely," said VVD MP Bart de Liefde. "I hope that this is not going to happen every year," said Labour (PvdA) MP Mei Li Vos.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs wrote to the House on Wednesday that he made an agreement with PostNL about increasing the price of stamps up to 6 cents beginning July 1st.
The Wednesday TV special “Together Against Child Cancer” has raised over 3.5 million euro (3,556,000 to be exact). A total of 711,200 symbolic stones were sold each for 5 euro. The collected money is intended for the construction of the Princess Máxima Centre in Utrecht. The amount may still grow because the campaign is not yet finished.