Over 343 reports of traffic jams in the Netherlands tied up 2,501 kilometers of roadways in the country on Monday at 5:05 p.m., according to traveller's association ANWB. The amount of traffic increased by fifty percent in just 30 minutes, easily setting a record for the worst traffic day of 2017, despite the use of 900 snowplows and 1,200 extra road workers to deal with
From Friday the Netherlands can expect harsh winter weather, with an increasing chance of snow, according to Weeronline. The entire country may see some snow this weekend, especially on Sunday afternoon and evening, the weather service reports.
Authorities arrested one woman in connection with the apparent abandonment of a young boy at Amsterdam Centraal station, police announced Thursday afternoon. Tips from alert citizens led to the arrest, police added.
The identity of the woman and her relationship with the child was not revealed. The child had also not said one word to investigators after he was taken into custody, but police believe he is either four or five years of age.
Home sellers in the Netherlands made a profit of 32 thousand euros on average this year, according to calculation by research agency Calcasa. Amsterdam sellers were the most well off this year, making an average profit of 131 thousand euros, RTL Nieuws reports.
The entrepreneurial spirit is buzzing through Meet Berlage, a collection of co-working spaces, seven rentable meeting rooms, and offices in the famous Beurs van Berlage landmark building in the heart of Amsterdam. Now four years old, Meet Berlage embodies the big ideas that let the capital city of the Netherlands grow from a village on the banks of the IJ and the Amstel to an internationally renowned center of commerce.
In the hurly-burly that is modern day life in Amsterdam, you sometimes forget the treasure trove of history the Dutch capital has to offer. Meet Berlage is something of an oasis between the throngs of tourists on Damrak and in the Red Light District. It is quite special when you step through a door in a bustling area and find yourself attending an event in one of Amsterdam’s architectural masterpieces.
A new cookbook featuring 35 different restaurants in the Dutch capital is available for purchase just in time for Sinterklaas. The Amsterdam Cook Book compiles recipes from some local favorites and some chains known around the Netherlands.
The stories of founding chefs and restaurateurs plays a prominent role in the book, as do the neighborhoods that play host to some of these gems.
Working with a 13 million euro budget provided by the Dutch government, Studio Roosergaarde of light artist Daan Roosegaarde turned the 32 kilometer long iconic Afsluitdijk into a beautiful and sustainable art installation with three separate projects - Gates of Light, Windvogel and Glowing Nature.
Technical problems with air traffic control in Amsterdam has led to "very high delays" at Schiphol Airport, according to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol). Air Traffic Control at the airport "is still experiencing system problems and is currently working on a solution," Schiphol tweeted just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Most flights scheduled to fly to Amsterdam were held at their departure airports while the issue was being dealt with, flight information website Flightradar24 reported
A nail-biting lottery is how Amsterdam is now officially the next home of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Roughly 900 jobs will move to Amsterdam, with staffers needing to choose between staying in the UK or making the move to the Netherlands.
The European Union's EMA will formally leave London, United Kingdom beginning in March 2019 because of the impending Brexit.
Buses filled with Zwarte Piet protestors were stopped by a group of about 35 white people stationed on the A7 highway outside Heerenveen, Friesland on Saturday. The protesters were on their way to the official Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum about 50 kilometers away, where they had approval from city officials to march against the character.
The body of 48-year-old Maria de Jesus dos Santos Goncalves Santana was found in a lake on recreational area Starnmeer in Noord-Holland on Tuesday, the police said in a statement on Thursday. The 48-year-old Portuguese woman from The Hague went missing late in August.
The victim's 43-year-old partner was arrested on October 11th in connection with her disappearance.
The Netherlands has seen a massive surge in the number of international higher education students, with over 80 thousand enrolled at Dutch universities and applied sciences universities during the 2016-2017 academic year. This figure is double the number of foreign students in the country just ten years ago, according to new research from international student organization Nuffic.
A fractured securing bracket and several inadequate bolts and screws caused a fuselage panel to fly off a KLM aircraft shortly after takeoff, the Japanese Transportation Safety Board said on Friday. While climbing over Osaka, an upper fuselage panel fell off the plane striking a vehicle on the ground. There were no injuries in the incident.
The accident took place on Sept. 23 not long after KLM flight 868 departed Osaka Kansai airport in Japan at 10:26 a.m. The 14-year-old Boeing 777 safely landed in Amsterdam the same day at 3:01 p.m. local time.
Three people were arrested in connection with the discovery of 600 kilograms of cocaine in a warehouse. Police said the drugs have an estimated value of 16 million euros.
The cocaine was seized from the building on Vrij Harnasch in Den Hoorn, just west of Delft, Zuid-Holland, at about 2 a.m. on Friday. Authorities took a 50-year-old from Bussum and a 48-year-old man from Den Haag into custody at the time of the operation. Another person from Den Haag, aged 43, was arrested at a home in that city.
Police arrested two suspects in connection with the kidnapping of a young woman from a train station in Eindhoven. A 31-year-old Alkmaar man was taken into custody on October 26, which police made public on Friday. A 45-year-old was also in custody according to police.
The victim was abducted and pulled into a car by two men in the early morning hours of May 27. She was then kept captive for hours in a house in Son en Breugel, where police say she was raped. When she was released hours later, she immediately called authorities, according to a police report.
New costumes selected for Zwarte Piet at the Amsterdam Sinterklaas parade have sparked a new critique from activists in the Netherlands. The organizing committee, SSIA, dropped the decades-old Zwarte Piet costume because of its apparent connections to the 17th century child slave trade, replacing it instead with costumes inspired by Spanish nobility in the 16th century.
Another 20 restaurants around the country were added to the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand list on Thursday, while 19 others were stripped of the title. The list designates the best restaurants that offer exceptionally good food at relatively moderate prices. For the Netherlands, that means a starter, main course, and dessert for 37 euros per person.
Concrete barricades were placed around the popular Dam Square in Amsterdam late Wednesday night. Weighing up to 500 kilograms, the blocks are meant to stop vehicles from barrelling through the area, a spokesperson for the city told AT5.
The move is one of several visible and invisible counter-terrorism measures undertaken by the city, a spokesperson said. The square is home to one of the country's royal palaces.
The Noord-Holland police and Public Prosecutor decided to launch a DNA kinship investigation in an attempt to finally solve the rape and murder of 19-year-old Milica van Doorn in Zaandam in 1992. On Monday a total of 133 men received a request to give a voluntary DNA sample for the investigation. None of the men approached are considered suspects, but the investigators hope that one of them is related to the suspect.
The Amsterdam based relocation experts at Partner Pete now offers a premium service to expats intended to make moving to the Netherlands a smooth and effortless affair by signing them up for every telecom and utility product they need. Partner Pete annually helps over 15 thousand expats moving to, or already living in, the Netherlands to get the best deals on their home utilities, according to the company. “With our English customer support and special partnerships with service providers, we take the pain out of getting your home in the Netherlands up and running.”
Home prices in Amsterdam increased sharply in Amsterdam in the third quarter, while the number of home sales in the entire Noord-Holland dropped, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry. Home prices in Amsterdam were 13.8 percent higher, compared to the third quarter last year. Nationwide, home prices increased by 7.6 percent.
Home sales in the Netherlands reached record high in the third quarter. Over 61 thousand homes were sold, the highest number ever sold in one quarter. These transactions involved over 16 billion euros.
The number of accidents on Dutch highways increased significantly over the past years, according to figures from incident management foundation IMN. Over the past 12 months there were 25,963 accidents on Dutch highways, an increase of 27 percent compared to four years ago, IMN - a collaboration between Dutch insurers and road managers - reported on Thursday.
An exceptionally bright fireball was spotted in the skies all across the Netherlands on Thursday night. Dozens of people in the Netherlands as well as Belgium reported seeing the bright streak of light around 9:00 p.m. It was very likely a meteor, though that can not be said with absolute certainty yet, Felix Bettonvil of Leiden Observatory said to AD.
Shocked and sad reactions met Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan's announcement that he is stepping down due to his metastasized lung cancer. Van der Laan (PvdA) announced on Monday afternoon that he is resigning, based on the advice of his doctors. One Amsterdam city council member described the news as "a punch to the face", RTL Nieuws reports.