municipality of Amsterdam

Airbnb
Sep 22 '17 10:50

Last year the municipality of Amsterdam found illegal prostitution in three Airbnb rentals during checks, the municipality said in answers to questions from PvdA city councilor Dennis Boutkan. This problem in Amsterdam is much smaller than in Great Britain, where the police recently warned homeowners of a growing trend, AT5 reports.

Thousands gather in front of Eberhard van der Laan's home to give him an ovation, 20 Sept 2017
Sep 21 '17 07:51

Thousands of people gathered at the official residence of former Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Wednesday evening, to honor him and thank him with a minutes-long ovation, AT5 reports.

People started gathering in front of Van der Laan's Herengracht home at 7:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. there was thundering applause, that lasted for minutes. The ovation was followed by a song. Thousands of voices raised in singing 'Aan de Amsterdamse Grachten'.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam is investigating whether a third death can be attributed to a massive power outage that hit the city and its surrounds on Tuesday. The family of a 75-year-old woman had to wait online for almost 10 minutes when calling emergency number 112 when the elderly woman became ill on Tuesday, AT5 reports.

Sep 10 '15 08:56

The municipality of Amsterdam has launched an investigation into the cause of the water main burst in Amsterdam-Zuid on Tuesday morning. The flooding that resulted from the burst lead to the complete evacuation of the VU Medical Center and tens of millions of euros in damages at the hospital.

Amsterdam City Hall
Sep 9 '15 13:59

Errors made by the Municipality of Amsterdam has resulted in 580 thousand euros too much being paid out to businesses and citizens so far this year. This is the result of benefits and invoices accidentally being paid twice.

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Sep 3 '15 09:19

Since the responsibility of naturalization and integration shifted from the municipality to newcomers in the Netherlands themselves in 2013, both the number of people taking the integration exam and the pass rate has declined.

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Aug 7 '15 14:09

Residents of the Prinsengracht have written a letter to Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan requesting that the annual Gay Pride canal parade be moved to Amstel next year. They are tired of the noise and pollution the parade brings with it.

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Jul 1 '15 15:45

A total of 96,246 Amsterdam households are living in poverty. That is 23.7 percent of all Amsterdam residents, an increase of 1.3 percent compared to 2013.

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Jun 25 '15 08:39

The Amsterdam city council has a plan to structurally save 65 million euros, which entails maybe cutting 500 jobs. A survey among Amsterdam officials shows that 25 percent of them fear for their jobs, NRC reports.

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Jun 17 '15 08:55

Thousand of Amsterdam residents want to get rid of beer bikes. Friends of Amsterdam City have set up an online petition for this purpose. The petition, which has been signed by more than 6 thousand people, will be handed to the municipality on Wednesday, NOS reports.

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Apr 14 '15 17:00

Several failed asylum seekers evicted from the makeshift refuge, Vluchtgarage, began living in a tent camp in De Pijp, Amsterdam on Monday night to show their discontent with the municipality's lack of a permanent solution for their basic needs. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is against the tent camp, saying it is prohibited by law to set up a tent and sleep in a public place, a city press release states.

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Jan 6 '15 12:26

The municipality of Amsterdam is about to stop the campaign in which tourists were warned about white heroin sold on streets as cocaine. Last year at least three people died and several others were treated by medics after snorting heroin they thought was cocaine.

asylum seekers
Sep 18 '14 10:50

Due to the housing shortage, Amsterdam is falling behind on placing refugees in homes. The municipality now wants to limit the flow of asylum seekers to the city from next year, De Volkskrant reports.

Sep 11 '14 10:18

The Municipality of Amsterdam has shut 30 illegal hotels in the city over the last three weeks, and has imposed fines amounting to more than €216,000 to other establishments, as part of a wide and ongoing operation to tackle illegal hotels in Amsterdam. Het Parool reports.

Schiphol Airport
Aug 29 '14 11:26

Schiphol airport reports a healthy growth in the number of passengers traveling through the airport. In the first half of this year, there was a four percent growth compared to the same period last year, with 25.7 million people coming through the airport.

Aug 13 '14 11:17

The judge's verdict that Zwarte Piet is a 'negative stereotype' is going to be appealed by the 'Pieten guild' in Amsterdam. This verdict was given at the start of July this year. The appeal will be submitted on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson from the guild, Het Parool reports.

Leidsegracht
Jul 1 '14 15:23

The municipality of Amsterdam is going to place a special bench on the Leidsegracht dedicated to the film The Fault on Our Stars, which did a lot of filming in the Dutch city. The bench is the scene of a crucial talk that the two main characters have. They also make out on it.

Amsterdam City Hall
May 19 '14 14:56

Several hundred civil servants from the municipality of Amsterdam have staged a strike on Monday. They are protesting in front of City Hall for a pay rise. The strike will last two hours, says Fred Bos of the union Abvakabo FNV, het Parool reports.

May 13 '14 07:58

At least one voter in Amsterdam has received two voter passes for the European Parliament elections on the 22nd of May. The Financieele Dagblad (FD) reports that there might be more cases.

Yellow Submarine
Apr 29 '14 16:04

The Yellow Submarine in the Bickersgracht in Amsterdam is going to be taken away. Owner Rob Meijer as well as residents of the neighborhood are very disappointed to see it go. "You don't take away something so unique, do you?"

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