For the third year in the row, Amsterdam made it to 11th place on the Mercer Quality of Living Rankings. Amsterdam is the only Dutch city to make it onto the rankings. Vienna has the highest quality of life in the world, Baghdad has the worst.
After four months of negotiations the Netherlands and France have reached an agreement on their 160 million euro combined purchase of two Rembrandt portraits. The portraits, set for a lengthy restoration, will first undergo a brief touchup. They will then go on display in Paris for three months before arriving in Amsterdam, the ANP newswire reported on Monday.
The reports of a terrorist threat that had Amsterdam on high alert on Thursday involved bombs at three schools in the city. All three schools were searched extensively, but no explosives were found
Several reports of a terrorist threat in Amsterdam had investigative services in the city on high alert Thursday morning, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan told the General Affairs committee at City Hall. The nature of the threat was not disclosed, but the response to the threat was "scaled down" later in the day, a city council spokesman confirmed to the NL Times.
Amsterdam made it to 27th place in Euromonitor's Top 100 City Destinations Ranking, 2014 edition, which was released on Thursday. The rankings look at international tourist arrivals and overnight stays in cities in 57 countries.
The aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th was hard on Air France-KLM. The attacks cost the airline group an estimated 70 million euros in lost turnover, the group announced on Monday
In a year that saw several crimes related to anti-Semitism occur in the Netherlands and a vicious assault on a kosher supermarket in Paris, about 85 Jewish people emigrated out of the Netherlands for Israel, an increase from about 61 a year earlier. The violence prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call for Jews living in Europe to flee for Israel.
Authorities in Belgium made ten arrests after raiding 11 different locations in a terrorism investigation. Many of the arrests were made along the Limburg border with the Netherlands, reported Belgian media outlet Het Belang van Limburg based on information from the federal prosecutor.
The Dutch national railway NS launched a new timetable on Sunday. The new schedule features a number of significant changes, as well as the renaming of several train stations.
The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden recently acquired the original death sentence order for Dutch spy Mata Hari, the museum announced on Tuesday. The document is currently on display in the Mata Hari presentation on the first floor of the museum.
Malaysia Airlines will no longer be flying to Amsterdam and Paris from next year. The airline singed a cooperation agreement with the Arabic Emirates and most of its Europe flights will in future be done only in cooperation with the Arabic airline.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wants all countries participating in the climate summit in Paris this week to legally commit to a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. If this happens, she would consider the summit a success.
France will soon announce what military support the country will need given the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thinks that the Netherlands could give that aid. "All options are open", the Minister said on Tuesday, adding that the fight against ISIS "concerns us all". "It's about values; our way of life"
Three suspects were arrested near the Dutch border with Germany in connection with the investigation into the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night. The three suspects were taken into custody at an employment office in Alsdorf, about seven kilometers away from Kerkrade
A 16 year old Rotterdam boy was arrested on Sunday after he posted threatening tweets about an Air France flight. This resulted in flight AF1741, bound for Paris, being delayed for hours on Saturday while the plane was evacuated and searched for explosives. Nothing was found.
One of the three Dutch people injured in the Paris attacks, is a 20 year old TU Delft student from Geleen, multiple sources confirmed to Limburg media on Sunday.
The Netherlands will commemorate the victims of the Paris attacks with a minute of silence at noon on Monday. Public transport and public broadcasting will be quiet for 60 seconds. All flags on government buildings are hanging at half-mast and memorials have also been arranged in several places in the Netherlands.
Two Dutch citizens were among roughly 100 people who were seriously wounded in the terrorist attacks on Paris, France Friday night. One other Dutch person suffered minor injuries, Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders said Saturday.
The Netherlands increased and strengthened border security in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday night. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the move at a press conference following an emergency meeting of cabinet members.
Organizations representing Muslim people in the Netherlands denounced terrorist attacks in Paris that left over 120 people dead and nearly 100 people in critical condition. “We regard these hideous and barbaric attacks on innocent civilians in Paris as an attack on the entire human race,” the Dutch Council of Moroccan Mosques (RMMN) said in a statement immediately after the assault.
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.
A portion of the ruling Dutch cabinet will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the terrorist attacks in Paris that took place a night earlier. A series of shootings and bombings amid the bustling Parisian nightlife led to the deaths of 128 people, with 99 people listed in critical condition on Saturday.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called a series of attacks in Paris "awful" in two posts on social media Friday night. Multiple news agencies reported that anywhere up to 40 people were killed in three different shootings and two different explosions in the 10th and 11th districts of the French capital.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be attending the United Nations climate summit at the end of this month, a spokesperson for the Government Information Service confirmed