Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.
Last year a total of 1,829 people in the Netherlands took their own life, a decrease of nearly five percent compared to the 1,917 people who died by suicide in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
Of the people who died by suicide last year, 1,176 were men and 653 were women. The number of men ending their own lives has been around twice as high as that of women for years, according to the stats office. However, the number of suicides among men decreased by 10 percent last year, while the number among women increased slightly.
A group of 29 pupils from Vlijmen primary school De Vlechter had an intense time during a school camp in Son en Breugel this week. While playing a forest game on Monday, the pupils of groups 6, 7 and 8 found the body of someone who had taken their own life. A very intense experience, school director Dominique Habraken said to Eindhovens Dagblad.
For the second consecutive evening, a large crowd gathered to commemorate 15-year-old Marwan Benkodad on Wednesday. The teenager died in his home on Monday in an apparent suicide. He had been bullied by his classmates, NOS reports.
Last year there were around 30 incidents at Amsterdam student complexes where refugees and students live together, the Amsterdam office of mayor and alderman said in a report to the city council. The city is taking measures to reduce these incidents, Het Parool reports.
An explosion on a train in Nijmegen on Sunday, in which one man was killed, was caused by firework bombs that the victim took with him to take his own life, multiple independent sources told De Gelderlander.
One person was killed in an explosion on a passenger train car in Nijmegen on Sunday morning. There were no passengers on the train at the time, which was sitting idle in a rail yard at the time of the powerful blast, police said.
A man who was found dead in the Utrecht village of Wilnis on Wednesday, was acquitted in February of stalking a woman who was shot and killed in Mijdrecht on Tuesday night. The woman pressed charges against the 54-year-old man in September last year, accusing him of insulting and stalking her between May and September 2018, NOS reports.
A 54-year-old man from Zegveld was found dead along the roadside in the Utrecht village of Wilnis on Wednesday morning. He was identified as the stalker of a woman who was shot and killed in a home in the nearby Mijdrecht on Tuesday night, NOS reports.
The man's body was found on Amstelkade. According to the police, the man took his own life. The police are investigating whether the man was involved in the woman's death, and whether his suicide had anything to do with it.
A man was found dead at the bottom of an apartment building on Argostraat in Alphen aan den Rijn on Thursday morning. His 4-year-old daughter was with him. She was injured, the police said in a statement.
The police responded to the scene at around 6:30 a.m. after reports of a man and child lying at the bottom of the apartment building. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the man, but it was to no avail.
Last year 194 people took their own life by jumping in front of a train in the Netherlands, a decrease of 10 percent compared to the 215 such suicides in 2017. According to ProRail, this is the biggest decrease in a decade. The rail manager believes that preventative measures taken in cooperation with NS played a role in this, the Volkskrant reports.
A man the police found dead on Huntumdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Monday night, took his own life. The police saw the man committing suicide while they were searching Maasdrielhof for suspects of a shooting that happened shortly before a kilometer away, Het Parool reports.
At around 8:15 p.m. a 50-year-old man was shot at a home on Maasdrielhof. The victim was taken to hospital and is not in life-threatening danger. Three suspects were seen fleeing the scene.
One of seven men accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in Winschoten, took his own life, the court confirmed to Dagblad van het Noorden.
A 50-year-old man died in the Friesland village of Nieuwhorne on Thursday after he crashed into the wall of his own farmhouse while trying to flee from the police. The police responded to the farm after a report of someone trying to take their own life, NOS reports.
A man died on the A50 highway near Wolfheze during the early hours of Monday morning. The man survived a car crash, only to be hit by a truck after he got out of the wreck, he Telegraaf reports.
The man's car crashed into a guardrail at around 1:00 a.m. The car eventually came to a stop in the middle of the highway. Bystanders helped the man out of the car. The man then walked across the highway, and was run over by a truck. He died at the scene.
The highway in the direction of Arnhem was closed until 4:30 a.m.
Authorities in the Netherlands will pursue a criminal case against a doctor accused of performing euthanasia on a 74-year-old incapacitated woman with dementia. Her prosecution will be the country's first against a doctor involving euthanasia since the Dutch law permitting the practice went into law over 15 years ago.
No criminal offenses were discovered in the investigation into the suicide of Bosnian-Croatian war criminal Slobodan Praljak in the court of the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague last year, the Public Prosecutor concluded. The former general drank poison after the tribunal sentenced him to 20 years in prison. He died in hospital two hours later.
The bodies of three Dutch people were found in a house in the Spanish town of Coin, near the city of Malaga. The Spanish police are investigating how they died, NOS reports.
According to Spanish media, the victims are a 62-year-old man, his 59-year-old wife and his 89-year-old mother-in-law. The bodies were in the house for some time. They were found after neighbors complained about a strong stench.
One of the suspects in a shooting on Melde in Best early in June, committed suicide while in custody in the prison in Vught, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security confirmed to Omroep Brabant.
Sources identified the man as 36-year-old Walter D. to the broadcaster.
The VVD's newest parliamentarian Thierry Aartsen, who will replace Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert in the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, is facing criticism about comments he made on Twitter in the past. Despite the controversy, Aartsen can count on the support of faction leader Klaas Dikjhof. As far as he is concerned, Aartsen is "most welcome" in the VVD parliamentary faction, NU.nl reports.
A man from Schiedam was remanded to 30 days in custody on Tuesday. He was arrested earlier this month for threatening to commit a terrorist attack following the death of PVV city councilor in The Hague Willie Dille, ANP reports.
The As-Soennah mosque in The Hague wants the authorities to do an in-depth investigation into the death of PVV city councilor Willie Dille. Such an investigation is in the interest of Dutch society and can help prevent further polarization, mosque chairman Abdelhaid Taheri said to newspaper AD.
"In the interests of solidarity and because of the unrest that has arisen, it is important that there is a large investigation into whether her accusations are true or not", Taheri said.
Mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague is meeting with the top of the police and Public Prosecution Service on Friday about the death of PVV city councilor Willie Dille. "We will sit down an then look again at what the situation is", Krikke, who cut her vacation short and returned to The Hague after Dille's death, said to RTL Nieuws.
PVV leader Geert Wilders is shocked by the death of Willie Dille, a PVV city councilor in The Hague. "There are no words", he said in a statement released on Twitter
"Willie was a great, warm colleague who always looked out for her fellow human beings and for the youth in particular. We will miss her enormously. There are no words", Wilders said. Dille was a parliamentarian for the PVV for two years. "We wish her partner, children, her colleagues from the PVV The Hague faction, and everyone who loved her a lot of strength with this indescribable loss."