A call from the foundation for society and safety SVM to ban individuals from lighting fireworks over New Year's and instead organize a firework show, had little effect. Only eight municipalities in the Netherlands have fireworks events planned for the coming New Year's celebrations, NOS reports after surveying the Dutch municipalities.
The Netherlands entered the new year with fireworks and oliebollen. Tens of thousands people were present at the National Count Down at the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam. In Rotterdam 40 thousand people watched he fireworks that was lit at Erasmusbrug. For the first time in 250 years The Hague lit fireworks over the Hofvijver.