Amsterdam

Daalwijk, Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Zuidoost
Jan 28 '20 15:20

Three people were arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in a student home in Amsterdam Zuidoost during the early hours of Tuesday morning, the police said in a statement. A 26-year-old man from Amsterdam was killed in the shooting.

The police responded to a report of shots fired at the home on Daalwijk around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. First responders found the 26-year-old man with a bullet wound in his back. They tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. The man died at the scene.

Primary school classroom
Jan 28 '20 13:50

Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague presented their emergency plans on how to handle the growing teacher shortage to Minster Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education. Their plans include using "professionals" who aren't qualified as teachers if no qualified teacher can be found, and shortening the school week if all else fails. The Minister said he will push another 9 million euros into training people from other professions to become teachers, AD and Het Parool reports.

Schipol_airport
Jan 28 '20 11:26

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for China on Monday night, warning that travelers should avoid the Hubei province except in cases of emergencies. The ministry cautioned that China has implemented many new and far-reaching measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. "This leads to significant consequences throughout China and limits possibilities for transport, tourism and daily life," the Ministry said.

Cars parked along an Amsterdam canal
Jan 28 '20 08:58

Municipalities in the Netherlands expect to receive 10.8 billion euros in municipal taxes this year, 6.3 percent more than in 2019, Statistics Netherlands reports based on the municipal budgets for 2020. Property tax is increasing nearly 5 percent this year, parking charges are up nearly 10 percent. But it is visitors who will be hit the hardest - tourist tax is increasing 40 percent this year. 

Dutch police car
Jan 28 '20 07:48

A 26-year-old man was shot and killed in a home on Daalwijk in Amsterdam Zuidoost, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter early on Tuesday morning.

First responders found the man with a bullet wound inside the home. They tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.

So far nothing is known about the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The police will release more information during the course of Tuesday. 

Bike shorts used to hide stolen phones
Jan 27 '20 17:50

Police in Amsterdam said they found 30 mobile phones stuffed inside a pair of cycling shorts being worn by a pickpocketing suspect at the time they detained him. Authorities took the 34-year-old man from Romania into custody when they made the discovery on January 21.

It happened during a performance in Amsterdam-Zuidoost, after several "reports of pickpocketing came in during the concert," police said. "Some victims could also provide a description."

All exits to the venue were sealed off, and a suspect fitting the description was spotted by police.

For sale sign
Jan 27 '20 14:50

A project developer divided four Amsterdam apartments in half and are now selling the eight half-apartments for between 275 thousand euros and 312,500 euros, De Westkrant discovered based on advertisements on property site Funda. The apartments, located on Kortenaerstraat in the popular De Baarsjes district, are 31 square meters or less in size.

Flowers and messages left at a community center in Amsterdam's Oostelijke Eilanden where 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi was killed on 26 January 2018
Jan 27 '20 12:00

Two suspects were arrested last week in connection with the death of 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi, the Amsterdam police announced on Sunday, exactly two years after the Amsterdam teen was shot dead at the community center where he worked as an intern.

Mark Rutte
Jan 27 '20 07:29

In a speech at the National Holocaust Remembrance in Amsterdam on Sunday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized on behalf of the government for the Dutch government's actions during the Second World War. According to Rutte, the Dutch government failed as "guardian of justice and security" in the war. The Jewish community was surprised, but pleased by the apology.

NS train at Amsterdam Central Station
Jan 24 '20 13:50

Representatives of five prominent European cities are looking into a night train which would stretch all the way from Amsterdam to Helsinki. The train route would conceivably stop in Hamburg, Copenhagen and Stockholm along with the Dutch and Finnish capitals. The cities' governments have reportedly put this project on their political agendas.

Child drinking water
Jan 24 '20 08:40

Following Amsterdam's lead, Utrecht and Rotterdam are launching large-scale checks of municipal buildings for the presence of lead water pipes, the municipalities told NOS.

Members of the police's Special Intervention Service
Jan 22 '20 13:40

Six persons are in custody for abducting a woman and her two children from Amsterdam-Noord on December 31st. The police freed the woman and her kids from a home in Almere the next day, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Tourist checking a map in Amsterdam
Jan 22 '20 08:50

The number of foreign tourists staying overnight in the Netherlands continues to grow. Last year, a total of 20.1 million tourists from abroad spent at least one night in our country, a growth of 7 percent compared to the year before, ANP and De Telegraaf report based on figures from the Netherlands' office of tourism and congresses NBTC.

The increase is in line with expectations, NBTC director Jos Vranken said to ANP. NBTC expects that the number of tourists will increase to 30 million in the next decade. 

Home for rent
Jan 21 '20 09:19

Rents in the open market continue to rise, but the increases are slowing down, according to research by rental website Pararius. Amsterdam is still the most expensive city to live in, though rents in the capital increased less than the national average. Bussum saw the biggest rent increase at over 14 percent compared to the previous quarter.

In the last quarter of 2019, rents increased by 4.8 percent to a average price of 16.77 euros per square meter per month, compared to a year earlier. This was the fourth consecutive quarter that the average rent increase was under 5 percent. 

Domestic violence
Jan 20 '20 17:00

Over the past years, mayors in the Netherlands imposed too few restraining orders in cases of domestic violence. In only between 3 and 12 percent of police reports of this type of crime, a domestic violence restraining order is issued, according to researchers from the Verwey-Jonker Institute who looked into the use of domestic violence restraining orders in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, RTL Nieuws reports.

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
Jan 20 '20 12:55

Shehzad Hemani will be tried in absentia for the role he played in the abduction of his then 2-year-old daughter Insiya from her grandmother's apartment in 2016. The same goes for his cousin Imran S., was revealed in a proforma hearing on Monday. Both men, as well as Insiya herself, are currently in India, the Telegraaf reports.

National Tulip Day in Amsterdam
Jan 18 '20 08:00

Today is National Tulip Day - the official start of the tulip season - and it will be celebrated on Dam Square in Amsterdam. Some 200 thousand tulips, arranged in a "World of Colors" theme, will be planted in front of the palace on the square.

About 17 thousand people are expected to show up for the celebration in front of the Royal Palace. The event is "the place to be" organizers said, tailored to anyone with a love for the colorful.

Dutch police jackets
Jan 17 '20 13:05

Videos surfaced online showing a motorcycle police officers driving his bike up the stairs of the Rokin subway station on Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid line. Videos from various bystanders started circulating online on Thursday evening, though when the incident happened is not yet clear.

The video shows the officer driving his motorcycle up the stairs. At the top, the rear wheel slips and the bike tips. The officer jumped off the bike and appeared to be unhurt.

Smoke haze from bushfires hangs over Sydney, Australia, 28 December 2019
Jan 17 '20 11:55

People in the Netherlands donated a total of some 2.4 million euros to help with the bush fires in Australia. The Red Cross opened giro 5125 for donations eleven days ago and since raised nearly 1.2 million euros. The World Wild Life fund's action also raised over a million euros. 

Police
Jan 16 '20 17:40

The Netherlands saw a 16 percent increase in criminal discrimination cases filed in the country last year, with 63 cases above the 397 total recorded in 2018, data from the police department shows. It is the second straight year such an increase was posted in annual crime statistics.

Cocaine found at the port of Vlissingen, hidden in a banana shipment from Ecuador, 14 January 2020
Jan 16 '20 13:30

Customs officers at the port of Vlissingen intercepted 921 kilograms of cocaine on Tuesday. The drugs were hidden in a container of bananas that came from Ecuador, the police said in a statement.

The drugs were discovered with a mobile scan. The police seized and destroyed the cocaine. So far no arrests were made. 

The police are investigating. 

Fire truck at the port of Amsterdam
Jan 16 '20 11:45

The Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Department is washing cars to raise funds for their Australian colleagues on Thursday. Locals can have their cars washed for "a symbolic amount of €7.50 (or more)". All money raised will go to "our fire brigade colleagues who have been fighting bush fires in Australia for weeks, without getting paid for it", the fire brigade said on Facebook.

Construction
Jan 16 '20 10:10

Buyers of newly built homes in the Netherlands can no longer assume that they will have space to park their cars. Most municipalities currently still guarantee 1 to 1.8 parking spaces per new home, but an increasing number of cities are lowering their parking standards, according to an inventory by newspaper AD.

Amsterdam Flag
Jan 14 '20 12:00

The municipality of Amsterdam is launching a new project with the aim of helping young people with their debts. In the project, called 'Young people debt-free start', the municipality will take over participating young people's debt. They will have to pay back the debts according to their means, with some amounts being scrapped if they make an effort to find work or start studying. 

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