In a short New Year's address, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema praised the hopeful feeling around the city's future. She said the city wants more people to be able to access Amsterdam's growing prosperity through policy that addresses poverty, disenfranchisement, and crime.
Amsterdam residents are more concerned about the housing shortage in the city than the crowds of tourists or crime, according to a bi-annual survey the municipality did among 2,378 residents, Het Parool reports.
57 percent of respondents called the housing shortage their main concern. This is especially a worry for young people between 16 and 29 years old. 38 percent are worried about tourism, and 31 percent about crime.
About half of the residents think that Amsterdam is heading in the right direction. 39 percent disagree.
A woman was found dead in a yoga studio in the Neptunusstraat in Den Hague on Thursday afternoon. The police suspects the woman was victim of a brutal crime. A 40-year-old man from Den Haag was arrested in connection with the case, according to a police report.
The painting scanner used by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to analyze masterpieces may also help police detectives find trace evidence in present-day crime scenes. The investigators of the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) and the national art gallery of the Netherlands have formed a new collaboration to use the new technique to find bodily fluids.
Large discounts on beer attract young people and problem drinkers, according to the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP. This in turn leads to an increase in alcoholism and crime, according to the institute. STAP is calling for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol, RTL Nieuws reports.
To support this call, STAp has six recent studies that shows that setting a minimum price on alcohol is the best solution.
On Monday the police arrested a Defense employee suspected of leaking police information to motorcycle gang No Surrender
A 30-year old woman and a 40-year old man from Eindhoven were detained over the weekend for abusing a fisherman. The 28-year old victim from Helmond was fishing with his friend when he was bitten on the leg by the 40-year old man. The Helmond man was then kicked and repeatedly beaten, police said.
A homosexual couple in the Slotervaart neighborhood of Amsterdam's Nieuw-West district has received death threats from their neighbours. The couple is planning to leave the capital city, but say they nowhere to go, since they were declined status to be placed on an urgent list for a residence outside of the city.
An urn containing the ashes of a stillborn baby was stolen from the Enkhuizen cemetery last week. The urn was in a safe in the cemetery's office. The thieves took the entire safe
A suspected burglar was arrested early Saturday morning after breaking into an Albert Heijn store in Nijmegen and stealing four dozen mini vegetable garden kits, the police there reported on Sunday. The popular kits are given away as a promotion to paying customers.
Ten undocumented migrants were found hidden in a parked truck in Schaijk, Noord-Brabant on Monday morning. Among them were seven men, two women, and a teenaged child.
The seniors team at Amsterdam football club SV Nieuw Sloten have voluntarily withdrawn from league competition, and the entire team was suspended by the club, media outlets De Telegraaf and AT5 reported on Monday. The team pulled out of competition after several of their players were accused of attacking match referee Glenn Janson, 21, during a Saturday match against DCG.
It's been an incredibly interesting year in the Netherlands, and we hope it was a good one for all of you. The country had many things to focus on, from terrorist attacks in Europe to an influx of refugee seeking people fleeing war zones. The economy seems to be improving, even though the government is having trouble coping with unemployment, but optimism is high across the country for 2016.
So let's take a look back, and see what the most popular stories were both to our Netherlands-based audience, and to our audience around the world.
While the arrival of so many asylum seekers in the Netherlands puts pressure on the police's capacity and resources, the idea that they cause a substantial increase in crime is "absolutely incorrect", according to deputy police chief Ruud Bik.
Dutch municipalities are renewing their efforts to end a nationwide ban on regulated cannabis cultivation. The Association of Dutch Municipalities is advocating for the introduction of a municipal permits system that gives the government control over the entire cannabis chain - sale, use and production.
The number of crimes committed in the Netherlands decreased by 23 percent over the past seven years. Last year the police registered just over one million crimes, compared to 1.3 million in 2007. The decrease can be seen across the board in all categories of crime.
Publicly announced neighbourhood watch WhatsApp groups are proving highly effective as a deterrent to home burglaries across Tilburg. In 35 areas initiating the alert system, a reduction in the average number of monthly burglaries fell by half, from 60 to 30, according to Tilburg University researcher Martijn Akkermans.
Sint Maarten is blocking decisions from the Netherlands to counteract corruption and crime on the island and Dutch officials are no longer welcome on the island.
The figures for shoplifting in 2014 remained practically unchanged compared to a year earlier. Crime figures from Statistics Netherlands show that shoplifting is still a major problem in the Netherlands even as overall crime figures showed a sharp drop last year.
A former police station on Warmoesstraat in Amsterdam could become a national police museum. Real estate company NV Zeedijk wants to buy the property and turn the notorious police station into a tourist attraction, ANP reported on Friday.
An unfortunate fall from a cliff is the likely cause of death of missing Dutch women Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon, according to investigators' latest research. The two women disappeared in April last year, and were last seen beginning a hike into the jungle near Boquete, Panama.
Matters relating to criminality in the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten will be on the agenda of Parliament next month.
Amsterdam in 2014 saw a significant drop in muggings, pickpocketing and robberies but an increase in underworld-related assassinations and violent deaths, reveal figures released on Monday by the municipality.
The 15 year old boy who was arrested for stabbing a fellow student at Aloysius College in The Hague, is still in custody. The investigating judge will decide today whether he can be released.