Amsterdam

Dutch police crime scene tape
Apr 29 '19 09:09

The police found a hand grenade at a coffeeshop on Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam on Sunday morning. The Ministry of Defense's explosive clearance department disarmed the explosive at the scene and removed it.

The explosive was left at coffeeshop Siberia, according to Het Parool. A police spokesperson would not make any statements to the newspaper about why the grenade was left there.

Koningsnacht Koningsdag 2019 in Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt
Apr 27 '19 16:40

People across the Netherlands took to the streets Friday night and Saturday to celebrate King Willem-Alexander's birthday. By 4 p.m. on Saturday, only a handful of atypical arrests were announced by authorities.

Egg throwing on King's Day in Amsterdam
Apr 26 '19 18:00

Big plans are in place across Amsterdam as the city gets ready to celebrate King Willem-Alexander's 52nd birthday with parties, eight large festivals, and flea markets. Here follows a summary of the events in Amsterdam tomorrow, with hundreds of thousands of people planning to visit the city from around the Netherlands.

Note that none of the large festivals are selling tickets at the door, you need to buy your ticket online beforehand. 

King's Day 2018 in Amsterdam
Apr 26 '19 17:49

Residents of and visitors to Amsterdam may have to take an alternative route when moving about the city on King's Day today. Parts of the city are blocked off to car traffic, and public transit in the capital are running on adjusted schedules and alternative routes. 

Enforcement officer in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
Apr 26 '19 16:40

A strike organized by two enforcement officers' unions in Amsterdam on King's Day will not happen, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Friday. The municipality filed summary proceedings on Tuesday to prevent the strike, NU.nl reports.

King Willem-Alexander and mayor Eberhard van der Laan on the facade of cafe Blaffende Vis in Amsterdam. King's Day, 27 April 2018
Apr 26 '19 14:10

King's Day is a big deal in the Netherlands and especially in Amsterdam, where multiple parties are held on the day to celebrate King Willem-Alexander's birthday. But you don't have to wait for tomorrow to start celebrating, with various King's Night parties ready to get you into the King's Day spirit on Friday night. 

Here follows an overview of King's Night parties in Amsterdam tonight, compiled by NU.nl.

Running dog
Apr 26 '19 13:20

Since 2016 Amsterdam veterinarians treated a total of 10 thousand pets for free under the ADAM regulation, a scheme in which low income households can get a voucher to take their pet to the vet for a consultation or to be chipped and sterilized. Animal welfare alderman Laurens Ivens handed out the 10,000th voucher on Thursday, the municipality said in a statement.

Police tape seals crime scene for forensic investigation
Apr 26 '19 10:40

Two Amsterdam coffeeshops targeted with explosives over the past months are located in buildings owned by the same man - 56-year-old entrepreneur Jan Erkelens. He owns more than 10 buildings in Amsterdam where coffeeshops are located, Het Parool reports.

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Apr 26 '19 09:50

The police in Amsterdam freed a 30-year-old man who was tied to a fence next to a burning car early on Friday morning. The victim was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. How the man came to be tied to a fence, and how he sustained his injuries, is not yet known, NU.nl reports.

The fire brigade and police responded to the car fire on Tom Schreursweg at around 3:20 a.m. At the scene, firefighters and cops heard the man calling for help. 

The man was not tied up right next to the burning car, but a distance away, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl.

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Apr 26 '19 08:58

Amsterdam is increasing its fines for not paying for paid parking substantially from July 1st. Drivers who don't pay their parking in the capital currently face a fine composed of a base rate of 47.60 euros, plus the hourly parking rate in the area and administrative costs. From July that base rate will increase to the maximum allowed 62.70 euros, the Telegraaf reports.

The base rate is calculated by dividing the expected annual costs of parking enforcement by the expected number of fines expected to be imposed, a spokesperson for the municipality explained to the newspaper.

Crystal meth and metamine found in a shipment of frozen drumsticks at a transport company in De Lier, 17 April 2019
Apr 25 '19 12:40

Last week customs officers found crystal meth and ketamine at a transport company in De Lier. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of frozen chicken drumsticks, which were on their way to England, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement.

The discovery was made on April 17th. A 32-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering. He was arraigned earlier this week and remanded into custody for another two weeks.

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Apr 25 '19 08:59

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema and a majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, are all against extremist Christian preacher Steven Anderson visiting the Netherlands. The American preacher plans to do some "soul winning" and give a sermon in Amsterdam on May 23rd.

Home for rent
Apr 24 '19 15:10

Municipalities bordering the large Dutch cities are seeing large population growth, which means that rents in these municipalities are also rising sharply. In the first quarter of this year, free sector rents nationwide increased an average of 4.9 percent compared to a year ago, while some areas around the Randstad saw increases of more than 18 percent, rental broker Pararius said on Wednesday, NU.nl reports. 

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
Apr 24 '19 13:30

The municipality of Amsterdam is going to court in an attempt to prevent a strike by enforcement officers on King's Day. The enforcers plan to strike between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. But according to the municipality, King's Day is not the appropriate time for this action, NOS reports.

Steven Anderson
Apr 24 '19 09:19

COC Nederland wants the Netherlands to deny entry to American preacher Steven Anderson. The LGBTQ interest group calls on State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security to ban him from entering the Netherlands, NOS reports.

Sri Lankan flag projected onto Amsterdam Central Station after Easter Sunday attacks, 23 April 2019
Apr 24 '19 08:00

Around 50 people gathered in the center of Amsterdam on Tuesday evening to commemorate the victims killed in attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Speeches were held and flowers were left on Dam Square. The Sri Lankan flag was also projected onto the facade of Amsterdam Central Station, NOS reports.

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
Apr 23 '19 13:40

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam will strike for three hours on King's Day, unless the municipality meets their demands for more equipment with which to defend themselves before then. The strike will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Dutch enforcement officers' union NBB said during a protest on Dam Square, the Telegraaf reports.

Sold sign in front of a home
Apr 23 '19 12:50

The  average selling price of existing owner-occupied homes in the Netherlands amounted to 302,845 euors in March. That is 7.7 percent higher than in March 2018, and the highest level in Dutch history, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Tuesday.

Compared to the low point on the housing market in June 2013, prices for existing owner-occupied homes were 36.1 percent higher in March. Home prices have been climbing consistently ever since the low point on the market. In May 2018, prices for the first time reached above the record level in August 2008. 

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
Apr 22 '19 16:00

A burning car crashed on the A1 at the Embrugge exit after a high-speed chase from Naarden early on Monday morning. A woman, believed to be the driver of the car, was arrested, AD reports.

The accident happened after a wild chase on the highway. The Amsterdam police noticed the car, a BMW, because it was speeding and swerving wildly across the road. When the driver spotted the police, the car sped up to 250 kilometers per hour and the police gave chase.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Apr 22 '19 12:40

Coffeeshop New Times on Spuisstraat in Amsterdam was closed by request of the municipality after two hand grenades were found there over the weekend. The coffeeshop agreed to close for a week, after which the municipality will decide whether further closure is needed, AT5 reports.

The first hand grenade was found near a parking garage at New Times early on Saturday morning. The second was found on the pavement in front of the coffeeshop at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Spuistraat was closed down for several hours on both days, while explosive experts removed the grenades. 

Crime scene tape
Apr 19 '19 13:42

A hand grenade was found on Eerste Coehoornstraat in the center of Amsterdam on Friday afternoon. The police closed that street as well as Czaar Peterstraat for investigation. The hand grenade was stuck to a post box, according to a photo AT5 has in its possession.

The police are at the scene to investigate. 

Main gate Auschwitz concentration camp
Apr 19 '19 11:50

There is conflict at the future National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam about four photos taken at Auschwitz by Greek camp prisoner Alberto Errera. These four photos are considered the clearest photographic evidence of the Holocaust. The guest curators at the museum want to show the photos in the exhibition The Jewish Persecution in Photos, but the directors of the future museum want to tape them off, the Volkskrant reports.

Saks Off 5th
Apr 18 '19 11:40

Saks Off 5th is leaving the Netherlands. The outlet department stores' branches in Amsterdam and Rotterdam will soon close. On social media, Saks Off 5th said that it is "sad" to be leaving the Netherlands "towards the end of June".

Saks Off 5th sells expensive brands at outlet prices. Earlier this month, the company already announced that it is closing its six branches in Germany. 

Mumford & Sons
Apr 17 '19 16:10

Mumford & Sons will be giving two performances in Amsterdam on May 9th. One show will be in the Ziggo Dome. The second will be at a still secret location, and can only be attended by the person who wins a NPO 3FM competition, and 50 of his or her friends. 

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