Friesland

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Dec 13 '19 10:30

Car owners in the Netherlands will pay 147 million euros more in road taxes next year than this year, according to Statistics Netherlands. The increase is partly due to the growing fleet of vehicles, higher rates, and the particulate matter tax that will be implemented. In total, the government and provinces expect to collect almost 6.1 billion euros in road tax in 2020.

The road tax, or motor vehicle tax, consists of a government part and a part collected by the provinces. The government expects to collect 131 million euros more next year, the provinces 16 million euros more. 

Lagerwey three-bladed windmill
Dec 9 '19 07:54

A 32-meter high toppled over Sunday night in Jorwert, Friesland, while a weather warning for strong winds was in effect. Though it was initially reported to the fire department as a possible case of storm damage, authorities told broadcaster NOS the cause is still under investigation.

It happened at about 6:45 p.m. on Hessensereed, a quiet road in the quiet Frisian town. The windmill fell across the street, blocking traffic in both directions.

Cows in a stable
Nov 29 '19 08:57

The number of cows, bulls and calves in the Netherlands decreased by 3 percent this year to 3.8 million, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday based on the provisional figures from the Agricultural Census. "That is really extremely beneficial for the nitrogen dossier",Cor Pierik, agricultural economist at Statistics Netherlands, said to RTL Nieuws.

Police officers on a crowded street
Nov 27 '19 08:03

Both men and women in the Netherlands have grown heavier and slightly taller since 1981, according to Statistics Netherlands' health survey. Between 1981 and 2018, men on average grew 3.8 centimeters taller and 9 kilograms heavier, while women grew 1.5 centimeters taller and 7 kilograms heavier.

That means that men are now an average of 2.3 kilograms heavier per centimeter of body height, and women 4.7 kilograms. According to the stats office, women became "fairly considerably" heavier in the periods 1990 to 2000 and 2010 to 2019, while their height hardly changed.

Tractors on Dutch roadways
Oct 16 '19 16:44

Farmers protesting in the Utrecht region who then drove their tractors on the A12 motorway rejected orders from the police to exit the A12 and park their vehicles at the Cars Jeans Stadium in Den Haag. Instead, many stormed into town, attempting to either create a disturbance in the city center, force their way near parliament, or to other gathering sites in the city.

Tractors block traffic in Den Haag just before evening rush hour
Oct 15 '19 08:18

The provinces of Gelderland, Overijssel and Drenthe followed Friesland's example and announced on Monday that they are reversing the nitrogen measures they announced last week. This happened as hundreds of farmers took their tractors to protest at eight provincial governments. "This is asking for further actions", Jan Brouwer, director of the Center for Public Order and Safety, said to NOS. 

Fallen tree
Aug 10 '19 18:51

One person was killed, and separately a portion of the AFAS Stadion roof collapsed as heavy winds gripped the Netherlands on Saturday. Wind gusts in IJmuiden, at the North Sea coast, even topped 104 kilometers per hour.

A bicyclist died at about 2:30 p.m. in Linschoten, Utrecht, when the heavy winds toppled a tree, which sent it crashing down on a bike path along the Haardijk. The tree struck the victim, a 58-year-old man from Lopik, a town 15 kilometers away from the accident.

Rutger Hauer in Dortmund, Germany
Jul 24 '19 19:38

Famed Dutch actor Rutger Hauer was pronounced dead on Friday in his hometown of Beetsterzwaag, Friesland, a representative for his family said to newswire ANP. The Golden Globe-winning actor was 75 years old.

Hauer passed away after a brief illness. A small, private funeral took place earlier on Wednesday before his death was publicly revealed later in the evening.

Rental agreement
Jul 17 '19 13:30

The average national rent increase in the second quarter of 2019 was the lowest since the second quarter of 2015. Rents in the Netherlands increased an average of 3.1 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to figures from Pararius. This clearly shows that the price increases are slowing down, the housing platform said, NU.nl reports. 

Rent increases fell below 5 percent for the first time in 3.5 years in the last quarter of 2018. And that slowing down effect is continuing, according to Pararius.

Sumanta Bansi
Jul 5 '19 11:00

Police continued their search on Thursday for a missing University of Amsterdam student who disappeared when she was pregnant. Sumanta Bansi has not been seen since February 2018, and her disappearance was not reported to authorities until November of that year.

100 birthday candles
Jun 12 '19 19:45

At the start of the year, 2,189 people living in the Netherlands were over 100 years of age, of which 85 percent were women. The total number of centenarians faced a 1.6 percent decline from 2017 figures, but it was still slightly better than last year and well over 13-times more than 1970's official numbers.

If figures continue along the steady trend since 1970, the Netherlands could have 3,520 residents over a hundred years of age by 2030. Statistics Netherlands estimated that 2,811 of those were expected to be women.

Firefighters
Jun 6 '19 07:57

One person was killed in a fire at a care complex on Sietze Hepkemalaan in the Friesland village of Sint Nicolaasga during the early hours of Thursday morning. The fire has since been extinguished, NU.nl reports.

At around 1:00 a.m. firefighters had the fire under control and were working on extinguishing it. Evacuated residents could return to their homes after the building was examined. A few residents had to spend the night elsewhere in the complex due to fire damage.

Jeffrey Graansma's home in the Friesland village of Boelenslaan vandalized, 7 March 2019
Mar 7 '19 16:50

The home of Friesland PVV candidate Jeffrey Graansma was vandalized. Texts accusing the populist party of fascism were spray-painted on the wall of his home in the Friesland village of Boelenslaan, according to a photo PVV leader Geert Wilders shared on Twitter. "Disgusting and unacceptable", the PVV leader said. 

The 19-year-old Graansma is a candidate in Friesland for the provincial states elections on March 20th, according to newspaper AD. 

Peewit eggs
Mar 1 '19 09:12

The first peewit egg of the year was found in the Friesland village of Vegelinsoord on Thursday. This is the first time in Dutch history that the first egg of the peewit, or Northern Lapwing, of the plover family, is found so early in the year, the Bond Friese Vogelwachten said to NU.nl reports.

Finding the first peewit egg heralds spring in the Netherlands. Looking for the first egg is a deeply rooted Dutch tradition. Historically, whoever found the first egg could present it to the King or Queen. 

Feb 28 '19 11:10

There were multiple car accidents, including a number of pileups, in Friesland on Thursday morning, likely due to thick fog. At least two people were seriously injured. The A32 highway between Heerenveen and Widrum is currently closed to traffic, with all on-ramps being blocked, NOS reports.

Multiple cars crashed into each other near Wirdum. There were later more accidents and pileups in the traffic jam that resulted from the first pileup. 

Dutch police officer
Feb 15 '19 07:30

A police SWAT team raided a hotel in the Friesland village of Delfstrahuizen on Thursday night after a report about a violent incident. The police initially reported a possible hostage situation, but this later turned out not to be the case, NU.nl reports.

The police responded to the scene in large numbers and closed down the area around the hotel. They searched the hotel and found one person sleeping inside. He had nothing to do with the report.

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Feb 7 '19 14:20

Anti-racism activists will protest in the Friesland village of Grou on Saturday during the arrival of Sint Piter and Swarte Pyt, a local version of Zwarte Piet. The protest was arranged by action group Kick Out Swarte Pyt (KOSP), which consists of the same people as Kick Out Zwarte Piet, one of the best known groups in protests against Sinterklaas' blackface helper, according to newspaper AD.

NS train in snow, winter
Jan 29 '19 16:47

Dutch national railway NS will run a reduced schedule on Wednesday morning with forecasted snow expected to fall across much of the country. Up to 3 centimeters of snow is expected across much of the Netherlands.

The limited train schedule is in place so the NS can quickly respond to problems, and provide more accurate travel information, the railway said. Passengers can expect longer travel times and more crowded trains.

Ambulance
Jan 18 '19 11:00

A 50-year-old man died in the Friesland village of Nieuwhorne on Thursday after he crashed into the wall of his own farmhouse while trying to flee from the police. The police responded to the farm after a report of someone trying to take their own life, NOS reports.

Arriva train truck crash
Jan 17 '19 17:30

Startling security camera footage surfaced on Wednesday showing the moment a passenger train collided with a semi-trailer truck. The crash happened in Leeuwarden, Friesland late last week, resulting in several minor injuries.

A large cloud can be seen emanating from the semi-trailer at the moment of impact. The truck was hauling milk powder near a FrieslandCampina dairy facility. The video was first broadcast by Omroep Fryslan.

Ambulance
Jan 17 '19 13:24

A man died while trying to flee from the police in the Friesland village of Nieuwhorne on Thursday morning. What exactly happened is not yet clear.

According to Omrop Fryslan, the police responded to an emergency call about a man needing immediately aid at around 10:00 a.m. The Telegraaf reports that the police responded to a report of a car accident.

MSC Zoe
Jan 10 '19 10:45

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat is launching an investigation into what consequences small plastic particles that ended up in the Wadden sea after 291 containers fell off a ship in the North Sea last week will have for animals in the area. The investigation will be done in cooperation with scientific institute Waddenacademie in Leeuwarden. The results will also show which measures can be taken so that the Wadden Sea is better protected, NU.nl reports.

Fireworks Netherlands
Jan 1 '19 07:31

Two people died during the Netherlands' New Year's celebrations last night. A man was killed in an explosion in Enschede. And in the Friesland town of Morra, a person was killed in a fireworks incident, according to the police.

The police responded to Gerstraat in Enschede shortly after midnight. At the scene they found a deceased man. "He likely died as a result of a fireworks explosion", the Enschede police said on Twitter. The police are investigating and call on witnesses to come forward.

Wolf
Dec 25 '18 09:40

Ten different wolves visited the Netherlands in 2018, Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR) concludes after genetic testing on feces and DNA samples taken from bite wounds in attacked sheep. One she-wolf has been hanging around in the Netherlands for months and may be settling here, NU.nl reports.

Up to August traces of eight wolves were found in the Netherlands. Between August and October, two new females were observed, as well as one she-wolf also spotted multiple times earlier in the year. Wolves were spotted in Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel and on the Veluwe. 

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