Bad weather in the Netherlands resulted in King's Night being quieter on Tuesday than in other years. Events and parties across the country attracted fewer visitors than usual.
King Willem-Alexander and a number of other royal guests are celebrating his 49th birthday in the city of Zwolle this year. The royal family will be greeted by Mayor Henk Jan Meijer and Commissioner of the King Ank Bijleveld-Schouten on the Nieuwe Haven bridge at 11:00 a.m.
De Ermelosche Frietzaak in Ermelo was voted best french fries shop in the Netherlands Dutch newspaper AD's annual rankings. Second and third place went to Pieperz shop in Veghel and Swolsch friethuys in Zwolle.
Weather forecasts for King's Day are not looking very promising. Weeronline expects that King Willem-Alexander will celebrate his birthday on April 27th in the rain, with maximum temperatures reaching around 9 degrees.
The Netherlands is again in the news with football-related riots. Ten Dutch hooligans were arrested in Germany for being involved in riots around an amateur match between Lippstadt 08 and Sportfreunde Siegen on Sunday. 26 Germans were also arrested
The owners of top Dutch restaurant De Librije decided against opening a branch in Dubai because the restaurant could not get an alcohol license.
The police arrested a fugitive convicted of sex trafficking a coffee shop in Zwolle on Monday. The 44 year old man was convicted of human trafficking and forcing women into prostitution.
The Royal family will be visiting Zwolle for King's Day on April 27th this year. And they will be welcomed with a parade, the municipality announced on Monday.
Over the past year the solar-powered Ikea store in Zwolle used 30 percent less grid energy than the average use in other Ikea stores, the store announced. The store aims to be completely energy neutral by 2020.
The train driver that was killed when an Arriva train crashed into a crane in Dalfsen on Tuesday, is a 49-year-old man from Kampen, the police announced. Kampen mayor Bort Koelewijn confirmed that his name was Eric Breet. Colleagues and friends are shocked by his death
Zwolle artist Frank Dammers' painting Freedom New York will soon be a permanent part of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum's collection in New York. The Frank Dammers Fine Art Foundation decided to donate the painting to the Memorial, the foundation announced. Dammers will be the first international artist to have a painting in the memorial.
Three Michelin star restaurant De Librije in Zwolle will soon be catering for a crowd quite unlike what they are used to. The restaurant is working with singer Theo Lens on a special event for the homeless - a concert combined with a delicious meal of stamppot
Icy roads are causing havoc with the traffic in the northern half of the Netherlands. There is a 41 kilometer traffic jam on the A28 between Zwolle and Hoogeveen, where several accidents happened on Wednesday morning, according to traffic information service VID. The ANWB reports that traffic is standing still in both directions.
The disappearance of a giant rocking-moose from the Ikea store in Zwolle during the early hours of Monday morning, was the work of New Year's association De Oliebol from Vledder in Drenthe. The stolen moose reemerged in the association's home town on New Year's eve.
Large Dutch cities advocate for sustainability and promises to use more sustainable power, in practice they still largely opt for cheaper coal power
Not a single restaurant in the Netherlands lost its Michelin stars this year. Fiver restaurants were given their first Michelin star, two restaurants got their star back and one received a second star at the ceremony in the De La Mar theater on Monday,
A suspicious package at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Zwolle led to the building being evacuated on Friday afternoon. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad is investigating. EOD teams are also investigating suspicious packages found in Huizen and Haarlem.
The Librije restaurant in Zwolle has been voted the best restaurant in the Netherlands by culinary magazine Lekker. The magazine listed the restaurant as number one when it published its top 500 list of restaurants in the country, the Lekker500. Three-star chef, Jonnie Boer, had his restaurant finish in third place last year.
Alex O., the 50 year old man arrested on Friday in connection with the Jumbo supermarket bombings and extortion, was the mastermind behind a series of very violent robberies in the 1990's. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison by the court in Leeuwarden in 1993.
On Friday the Groningen police arrested two suspects in connection with the extortion and bombings of several stores of supermarket chain Jumbo over the past few months. The suspects are in custody and will be questioned by the police in the coming days.
News that a bakery owner in Zwolle had lost his wedding ring while kneading dough just one week after his marriage turned out to be a prank. Arend Kisteman of the Stadsbakker said that he had never worn a ring before getting married on September 26, and that he thought that if he took it off he might lose it.
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.
Van Delft, manufacturer of the traditional Dutch Christmas cookie pepernoten, will be opening 10 stores in the Netherlands this fall, including a pop-up store in The Hague.
The police have offered a 10 thousand euro reward for the tip that leads to the arrest of the suspect who has been extorting the Jumbo supermarket chain. The suspect has planted explosives at several Jumbo branches in Groningen and Zwolle and is demanding an amount in Bitcoins to stop.