The Dutch economy is expected to grow by 1.6 percent and 1.7 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively, the European Commission revealed on Tuesday. This growth estimate is below the predicted Euro Area and European Union averages and also below the Dutch forecasts presented earlier by ING.
Both the occupancy rate and the average room rate in Dutch hotels increased in 2014, according to newly-released research conducted by hospitality industry expert Horwath HTL. Further growth is expected in both areas for 2015 as well.
Connexxion is launching its own taxi service in Amsterdam this year, the company’s CEO Bart Schmeink told BNR. He did not give away many details about the service but mentioned that the idea was inspired by initiatives like Uber, and that it could launch over the summer.
A 32-year old man was arrested on Wednesday at the Roosendaal train station for threatening NS conductor's life, police states in a press release.
A 5-year-boy that went missing Tuesday evening in the German border town of Straelen was found dead earlier today by German police. The boy, Filip, was found in a pond in Herongen, just across the border from Venlo where police in Limburg were also assisting in the search.
Insurance company Interpolis estimated receiving some 1,500 damage claims after the storms and high winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Liberation Day storm alone caused about a thousand reports, according to Telegraaf.
A lightning strike in an Amersfoort, Utrecht park left two people dead, safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht reported on Wednesday. The two victims likely took shelter from the rain underneath a tree, and lightning may have hit both the tree and the victims, a safety office spokesman said.
The bolt of lightning came down in Randenbroek Park at about 2:30 p.m. The fire department was quickly called to the scene and tried to resuscitate the victims after the incident but to no avail.
Many Dutch people are making full use of the free movement of persons in Europe. In early 2011 almost half a million Dutch people were living in other European countries.
The police arrested a 20 year old man from The Hague on Monday morning in connection with the arson in the Marthal in Rotterdam on March 3rd.
Helpful bystanders managed to stop a hijacking in Almelo on Tuesday night. Both of the hijackers, two men from Den Ham aged 18 and 22 years, were arrested.
Controversial sheikh Adil Al-Kalbani is scheduled to speak at the An-Nasr mosque in Amsterdam-Oost on Wednesday night. He was also scheduled to speak in Utrecht on Friday, but the event has been cancelled due to the public unrest.
The Public Prosecutor will prosecute activist Abulkasim Al-Jaberi for saying "fuck the king, fuck the queen, fuck the royal house" during a demonstration against Zwarte Piet on November 16th last year. The Public Prosecutor feels that these statements were insulting for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.