Randstad

Mar 27 '17 18:07

Commuters trying to navigate the Amsterdam area were advised to allow for plenty of extra time if using the highways on Monday evening after a fire in a Schiphol Tunnel passageway led to the closure of both the tunnel and the southbound A4 motorway towards Den Haag. Drivers were told to divert to the congested A2 to Utrecht, and then take the A12 road west as an alternative, adding 30 to 40 kilometers to the drive home.

There were no reported injuries in the fire, but the fire did damage safety systems in the tunnel. 

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Mar 1 '17 09:35

The four largest cities in the Netherlands, united under G4, want the Dutch government to invest 35 billion euros into sustainability and infrastructure in the Randstad. The G4's plans span 15 years in which time some 1 million "green" homes will be built and accessibility to the city regions will be greatly improved, Het Parool reports.

The Mayors of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte a few weeks ago to present their plan, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb confirmed to the newspaper.

Dec 23 '16 15:40

NS managed to prevent a strike by train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC planned for today with a lawsuit. The court in Breda banned the strike for the time being because there is a safety risk when crowds of people are stuck together, for example on platforms. From January 6th the union is allowed to arrange a strike, NRC reports.

Dec 21 '16 13:10

NS train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC will be striking in the Randstad region on Friday, the union announced on Wednesday. NS expects that the strike will have "major impact across the country" that may last the entire day, NU.nl reports. 

The strike is scheduled from the start of the morning until 11:00 a.m. Drivers and conductors stationed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hoofddorp will be striking. The union could not say how many people will actually lay down their work, but did say that the willingness to take action is great. 

Nov 18 '16 14:25

Rents in the private sector in the Netherlands increased again in the third quarter. The average rent increased by 6.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year, letting agent Pararius reported on Friday, according to the Telegraaf.

The average rent rose from 13.27 euros per square meter in 2015 to 14.11 euros per square meter. According to Pararius director Jasper de Groot, the increase can partly be attributed to a shortage of rental housing for people with mid level incomes in the Randstad.

Nov 3 '16 09:37

Frits Goldschmeding, founder of recruitment agency Randstad, is again on top of the Quote 500 list - the list of the richest Netherlands residents. This is despite seeing his wealth drop by a quarter this past year, AD reports.

Goldschmeding tops the list with assets amounting to 3.5 billion euros. Second place went to construction magnate Dik Wessels, who saw his assets increase by 10 percent to 3.3 billion euros. And in third is chemisstry billionaire Hans Melchers, whose assets increased by 25 percent to 2.5 billion euros.

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Oct 24 '16 16:10

The Dutch forestry sector wants to build a total of 100 thousand hectares of new forests in the country in the coming decades. The proposal to do so will be presented at the National Climate Summit in Rotterdam on Wednesday, Trouw reports.

Constructing these forests will cost about 3 billion euros, spread over 30 years. The sector believes that the plan will contribute to meeting the energy and climate targets set for 2050. If the proposal is accepted, new forests will be set up in the Groene Hart in the Randstad and the Veenkolonien in Groningen and Drenthe.

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Oct 6 '16 13:45

The overheating Dutch housing market is making it harder for first-time buyers to enter the market, according to realtors' association NVM. The downsides of an improving housing market are becoming more visible, the association said based on its third quarter figures

Aug 23 '16 10:28

KPN is dealing with a malfunction on its mobile network that is resulting in customers not being able to access the internet, though they can still make calls. The problems started at 7:00 a.m. and KPN hopes to resolve it by 11:00 a.m., according to the telecom company's maintenance page.

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Aug 16 '16 09:52

Amsterdam estate agents are working hard to convince international buyers to invest in homes in the Dutch capital now that the house prices in London are no longer guaranteed, estate agent Leslie de Ruiter said to broadcaster BNR.

Aug 9 '16 09:01

Dutch employment agency Randstad is taking over its American rival Monster Worldwide in a deal involving approximately 429 million dollars, or about 387 million euros

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Jul 21 '16 10:31

Existing home prices in Amsterdam continue to skyrocket as the housing market in the Netherlands recovers. In the second quarter of this year, existing home prices in the Dutch capital were almost 15 percent higher than the same time last year and about 7 percent higher than when the housing market reached its peak in 2008, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday.

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Jun 23 '16 13:45

Storms that started in the Randstad during the early morning hours of Thursday caused around 20 million euros worth of damage, according to the first estimation by the Dutch Association of Insurers. Damage includes for example water damage due to flooding and fallen trees, ANP reports.

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Jun 3 '16 10:32

On Thursday Uber launched a new service in Amsterdam exclusively aimed at cyclists. Cyclists in the city can now order a taxi equipped with a bicycle rack.

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May 17 '16 12:35

The mood among Dutch entrepreneurs was upbeat and positive at the start of the second season. Businesses in the Netherlands continue to recover from the financial crisis, including small- and medium sized enterprises.

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Mar 21 '16 07:57

On Monday the Netherlands' population will cross the 17 million mark. It took 15 years for the population to go from 16 million people to 17 million, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday

Feb 11 '16 07:31

Amsterdam does not need to attract more tourists, the city is already busy all the time, according to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. He is calling on the other big cities in the Netherlands to take in more tourists and to relieve the pressure on the capital. He would like it if a tourist visits Amsterdam, but overnights in Rotterdam. "That may well be our salvation", he said in an interview with Het Parool on Wednesday.

For Rent
Feb 5 '16 09:11

Rent prices for homes in the private sector are rapidly on the rise, especially in Amsterdam, according to figures from rental site Pararius. Pararius director Jasper de Groot attributes it to an "unhealthy market" with a vast shortage in private sector rental homes. "If you look at the housing supply, then only about 5 percent of the homes are rental homes in the private sector. That is way too little", he said.

Looking for a job
Dec 23 '15 08:19

More than half of the unemployed over 55-year-olds in the Netherlands can not find a new job before their unemployment benefits run out, according to figures NU got from LocalFocus and benefits agency UWV of the period 2013 to November 2015.

VU Medical Center water main break evacuation, Amsterdam
Oct 6 '15 11:49

Paramedics across the Netherlands will hold their first-ever nationwide work stoppage on Wednesday, the FNV union announced on Tuesday. Ambulance crews will only respond to dispatch calls for actual emergencies, and will not go ahead with pre-planned patient transport, the union said.

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Oct 1 '15 14:17

Zwarte Piet is likely to remain a big part of the annual winter Sinterklaas celebrations outside of the Randstad region covering Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Den Haag, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday. Cities like Assen, Groningen, Helmond, Leeuwarden and Maastricht have not yet come to a decision regarding the debated image of Zwarte Piet.

Aug 4 '15 14:29

A third of the jobs in Amsterdam is provided by foreign multinationals - foreign companies with a subsidiary in the Netherlands. Over all of the Netherlands, foreign multinationals account for 20 percent of the jobs in the Dutch business world, compared to 23 percent for Dutch multinationals.

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Jun 18 '15 16:29

A reportedly dire situation at the Dutch branch of KPMG is prompting the firm to seek assistance in reorganization from its international office, writes De Telegraaf. The company is facing a decreasing market share and profit margins and a departure of some of its key partners.

Geef Cafe
Jun 4 '15 16:50

A cafe where visitors can decide themselves what they are paying for a meal is planning to open a venue in Amsterdam after summer. Previously the entrepreneurs tested the concept of the Geef ("GIve") cafe for six months in a pop-up restaurant in Rotterdam.

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