A total of 161 new international companies opened a branch in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area last year - the highest number since Amsterdam started keeping track in 2008. Together these new companies expect to create 2,853 new jobs in the area over the next three years, Amsterdam announced in collaboration with the region and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) on Wednesday.
Because the words "Red Light District" explicitly refers to sex work, the term will no longer be used on signposts leading to the Wallen area, D66 alderman Victor Everhardt of Tourism said during a debate in the Amsterdam city council on Thursday, Het Parool reports.
The municipalities of Amsterdam and Utrecht announced that they will support a lawsuit filed against the tobacco industry.
After years of renovations, the Utrecht Centraal train station finally opened today. And all travelers were invited to enjoy the day long celebration of the reopening, DUIC reports.
The festivities started at 6:30 a.m. with a lesson from yoga teacher Christa Schep. "Try to keep your breathing calm and constant", you could hear her saying from the balcony, over the rush of people trying to catch their train.
Legalizing cannabis cultivation and trade could reduce violent crime surrounding the current illegal cultivation and could therefore arguably protect human rights, according to a study done on behalf of 27 Dutch municipalities. Human rights outweigh the UN drug conventions that prohibit cannabis cultivation and trade.
Dutch municipalities need hundreds of millions of euros more than the Government is offering them to house and successfully integrate refugees in their cities, according to the four large Dutch cities.
The city of Utrecht, as well as the cities of Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Heerlen and Tilburg, are still investigating whether cannabis cultivation can be regulated, Utrecht announced on Monday. The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, is still opposed to the idea, saying that regulation does not contribute to the fight against organized crime and that it is contrary to international obligations.