Over 40,000 people packed into an area around Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to watch some 4,000 kilograms of fireworks explode in the sky during one of the most elaborate New Year’s Eve countdowns in the Netherlands. The eight-minute long display was the centerpiece of commercial network RTL 4’s countdown to 2016.
In 2015 West-Brabant became the new murder capital of the Netherlands. With 17 cases of murder and manslaughter over the year, the region took the crown from Amsterdam where only 15 murders were committed, despite the ongoing gang-related assassinations
A threat of a terrorist attack around New Year's involving a bicycle or cargo bicycle containing explosives has the Amsterdam police on high alert. They will be extra vigilant in crowded places and around event during the turning of the year
A 30-year-old women was taken to an area hospital after she was injured in a shooting at a gun club in Amsterdam’s Westerpark district. “It looks as though the victim has injured herself,” police said in a statement.
A new exhibit at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam showcases the recent history of Dutch furniture and product design beginning with the architect of the Amsterdam landmark, H.P. Berlage. The exhibit is meant to show a connection between Berlage’s work and significantly more modern work from designers like Joost van Bleiswijk, Henk Stallinga and Bertjan Pot.
Film lovers in the Benelux region will have to travel to Amsterdam Noord if they want the chance to watch Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, on 70mm film. The EYE film institute is the only theater in the area expected to screen the American director’s movie in that format, according to distributor Entertainment One.
The body of a man was discovered on a footpath in the recreation area Geestmerambacht in Alkmaar on Friday morning. A witness told RTV Noord-Holland that the body has no limbs. Three people were arrested.
The two parties in the ruling coalition agreed to shut down the Binnenhof parliament complex for over five years in order to conduct a complete overhaul of the buildings there. The renovations of the buildings, including the 13th century Ridderzaal, is expected to cost between 500 and 600 million euros.
An Amsterdam man was found guilty on Tuesday of drugging three gay men, then stealing their debit cards. The court in Arnhem said the thefts were of a "professional and sophisticated manner," and sentenced the "very calculating perpetrator" to a total of ten years in prison after also finding him guilty of robbing eight other men without debilitating them.
The police had a break through in the investigation into the very public and very violent assassination of 43 year old Lucas Boom. Four suspects were arrested over the last two weeks, the police announced on Friday.
A body found in the Oudeschans canal in Amsterdam’s city center on Wednesday was positively identified as that of missing Scottish tourist Chris Nelson, police confirm. He was 24 years old. His family was notified of the discovery later that day, police said.
A dive team working in the area around the Oudeschans canal in Amsterdam centrum recovered a body late Wednesday afternoon while searching for clues connected to the disappearance of tourist Christopher Nelson. The Scotsman disappeared early Saturday morning when he left a friend's flat on Rechtboomssloot to go for a walk and clear his head.
Football hooligans supporting Amsterdam club Ajax are expected to instigate multiple violent clashes in Scotland on Wednesday night, police in Glasgow told local newspaper Evening Times. Officers are concerned about Ajax fans arriving in Glasgow in advance of the Dutch team’s Europa League match against Celtic.
With the International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam, (IDFA), in full swing and industry people roaming the Dutch capital’s streets, there is no denying that documentaries are a hot topic. Especially in times like these they help shape our view of this crazy world.
In this week's Guys Love Cooking recipe, the guys get ready for winter, one they hope will be cold enough to inspire warm alcoholic beverages and earthy winter delights after a day of wandering around frozen canals.
When David Bernet set out in 2009 to direct Democracy, a documentary that throws a spotlight on the inner workings of the European Parliament, he knew he needed a topic that would be relevant for years to come. It was still four years before Edward Snowden leaked classified information about the United States government’s global surveillance, and accused the Netherlands of kowtowing to U.S. spying demands (the Dutch denied the accusation).
A plan to encourage sex workers in Amsterdam's famed Red Light District to develop their chosen profession in a more entrepreneurial fashion by managing their own brothel took a big step forward after a feasibility study conducted by the city showed a good likelihood of success. "It is good for the empowerment of sex workers," Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said at a press conference on Thursday, praising the notion that more sex workers could gain more independence.
The Dutch coastal municipalities of Zandvoort Katwijk, Wassennaar and Noordwijk are lobbying against offshore windmills off the coast of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. They are doing so by subsidizing action group Stichting Vrije Horizon, or Foundation Free Horizon in English, the Volkskrant reports.
Amsterdam-based journalist Suzan Yücel narrowly escaped injury during the attacks in Paris on Friday night. The AT5 reporter was supposed to eat dinner at Petit Le Cambodge with a friend, and had a pre-dinner drink at Le Carillon while waiting for a table to open up.
The police are asking the public's help in finding a French family whose camera was stolen in Zandvoort in 2008. The camera has been lying in the Zandvoort police station's depot for seven years, and the police would really like to return it to the family.
Investigators in Breda evacuated 12 homes after discovering “possibly explosive materials” in an apartment Thursday afternoon, the police said on Twitter. A 69-year-old man was taken into custody at the flat.
One person was wounded during a shooting in the Slotervaart area of Amsterdam on Wednesday evening, police said. It happened at the same building where Haydar Zengin, a Turkish nationalist and former attorney, was found dead from a gunshot wound last month.
Most schools in the Netherlands will be keeping Zwarte Piet in his traditional appearance during the Sinterklaas celebrations this year and in the years to come. About 34 percent of respondents find the racism debate surrounding the Sinterklaas helper not a concern for their own organizations, with 32 percent saying they do not find the character discriminatory, a survey of teachers by general education association AOb revealed on Tuesday.