Large parts of Noord-Holland and Flevoland is sitting without power. The rail traffic in northern parts of the Netherlands has come to a standstill due to this power outage. Many hospitals are also without power.
Most of the votes from the 2015 Provincial Elections have been counted. The following results, projected per province, are based on information from Dutch public broadcaster NOS and newswire ANP.
The organizers of the Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen, Flevoland have announced 22 new acts for the multi-day event. The line-up will include the Concertgebouw Orchestra, for which 120 musicians will take to the stage.
According to a study commissioned by the Longfonds, half of all schools in secondary education in the Netherlands now have a non-smoking school ground.
Headliner Iggy Pop is one of several artists announced for Down the Rabbit Hole music festival in Flevoland this summer.
The PVV departments in Flevoland, Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, and Noord-Holland have removed the headscarf ban for civil servants from their election programs. In 2011 they still stated that officials, State members and deputies were not welcome in the Province House if they arrive with a headscarf. Now that point has disappeared.
"Code yellow" weather warnings have been issued by Dutch weather analysts for the seventh day in a row, as extreme winds continue to cause unrest across the country.
The fierce winds that have wreaked havoc across much of the Netherlands for several days in a row will likely ease off by the weekend. Wind gusts of 80 km/h and higher have been reported across the country, with Dutch weather experts calling for a sixth straight code yellow weather warning for coastal provinces and Limburg.
The Rijkswaterstaat's gritting lorries was sent out again last night. Over this weekend almost the same amount of salt was spread on roads as throughout the whole of the previous winter season, when the winter was very mild.
According to Binnelands Bestuur, 16 municipalities will be under preventative financial supervision of the provinces next year. That is 7 more than in 2014.
Two F-16 fighter jets were ordered to intercept a small private jet after it was piloted over Utrecht province Tuesday evening. The military jets were scrambled when the Learjet failed to respond to air traffic control radio communications, the Defence ministry announced.
Renters are increasingly unable to pay their rent or their mortgage and are more often in financial trouble due to the economic crisis, The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) reports.
Today, the Cabinet made the official move to stop the controversial planning for a 'super province'. The fusion of the provinces North-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland already divided Cabinet parties. Thursday's talks on the issue ran to a dead end.
The fusion of the provinces North-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland into one big super province, Noordvleugel, is losing speed every day, according to sources of De Volkskrant. The Cabinet will likely scrap the idea entirely at the end of the week, as political opinions on this topic are not flexible.
At least fifteen containers filled with chemical waste were discovered dumped in the middle of a forest in Zeewolde, Flevoland Thursday morning, including a 20-liter barrel leaking an unknown substance. Police suspect the waste could be from an illegal meth lab.
On Friday last week, PVV council members from Almere claimed to be taking distance from PVV-leader Geert Wilders' dismissive comments about Moroccans. Now it seems they will stay under PVV denomination, Omroep Flevoland reports.
Despite a somber prediction, voter-turnout at the municipal council elections on Wednesday was higher than expected with 53.8 percent of the population eligible to vote taking to the polling stations.
Some 40,000 chickens on a Swifterban farm in Flevoland need to be euthanized, according to European regulations, because an inspection found bird flu present, according to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The bodies of dike surveyors, Zuiderzeeland (Flevoland) and Groot Salland (Overijssel) are going to more strictly enforce the rules on the Flevoland dikes, when it comes to unleashed dogs. The holes the dogs dig in the grass costs the surveyors thousands of euros annually.
As expected, Dutch Senate on Tuesday voted against the government’s plan to create a mega province, the Volkskrant reports citing Reuters.
The nature film De Nieuwe Wildernis has already attracted more than 600,000 visitors to the cinema, announced distributor Dutch Filmworks. It's extraordinary for a nature film to attract so many visitors
The inhabitants of Urk do not longer have to be afraid that a part of their precious lunch is lost through an open bridge or water lock. The province of Flevoland has decided to keep all bridges closed around lunch time.
The dead wolf which was found in Luttelgeest, is probably a joke and left there by Eastern Europeans. That says fauna manager Nettie van den Belt of Fauna Management Flevoland.
According to Van den Belt jokes with dead animals occur more often. “About two or three years ago we got a notification that a seal was found. Which also appeared to be deposited by a fisherman as a joke.”
Around Luttelgeest many Eastern Europeans work in the greenhouses and the wildlife manager thinks that they have left behind the dead wolf on the road
Merging the provinces of North Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland can yield annual savings of up to 70 million euros. This is stated in the draft proposal for the reclassification, that Minister Ronald Plasterk of Interior Affairs has published on Monday.
According to the minister the merger offers opportunities to work effectively and efficiently. Originally, the plan was to finalize the merger in 2015, but in April Plasterk decided to give the three provinces one year extra time. In the new province will live about 4.3 million people.