Primary schools in large cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague and the municipalities around them are increasingly using Pieten with soot marks on their faces in the Sinterklaas celebration, rather than the traditional blackface Zwarte Piet, according to a survey of over 580 schools by DUO Education Research & Advice, NU.nl reports.
A 28-year-old Heerhugowaard man was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for a brutal attack on two gay men vacationing in the center of Amsterdam last year.
Construction workers in Amsterdam Oost found a decades-old weapon in the backyard of a home in the Watergraafsmeer district. Explosives experts at the scene on Finsenstraat determined it had been already-fired and was thus harmless.
Police in the Noord-Holland town of Vijfhuizen found over 10,000 kilograms of fireworks stashed in a warehouse on Vijfhuizerdijk. Authorities said they were acting on an anonymous tip when they raided the facility.
The haul of illegal, heavy fireworks was so large, police said they needed two separate trucks to carry all of them away. Many of the fireworks were kept in boxes that identified F4-classification devices. Those are fireworks that are designated for professional use only.
Activists angered by the use of blackface around the Dutch Sinterklaas tradition are planning to protest in Dokkum on Saturday.
A China Eastern passenger jet flying from Shanghai to Paris was diverted to Amsterdam on Thursday morning due to weather conditions in Paris. The passengers on flight #553 were then forced to wait inside the Boeing 777-300 at Schiphol Airport for over 4.5 hours after their 13-hour flight.
ProRail will be carrying out work around Schiphol this weekend. As a result, no trains will be running on the route between Schiphol Airport and Leiden from Friday to Sunday. On Saturday the airport will be completely inaccessible by train, ANP reports.
On Saturday no trains will run between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Schiphol, Amsterdam Zuid and Schiphol, and Schiphol and Leiden. The Intercity direct between Amsterdam Central Station and Rotterdam will also be down over the weekend.
People living around Schiphol airport experience much more noise pollution than Schiphol itself reports, Natuur- en Milieufederatie Noord-Holland said based on its analysis of nuisance experience investigations by GGD organizations in the municipalities around the airport, ANP reports.
Hobby diver Mark Barto recorded remarkable footage of a small octopus while diving in the North Sea off the coast of Callantsoog on Saturday. His footage turned out to be even more remarkable than he thought - this is the first time ever a live common octopus was recorded in Dutch waters, NOS reports.
The European Central Bank is concerned about Dutch bank ING's ability to handle a hard Brexit, according to a report in FD. Sources told the financial newspaper that ING is being pressured to at least partially roll-back a 2016 decision to move dozens of trading desk staffers to their large office in London.
The new concern is that ING will lose access to some financial markets if Brexit continues to progress.
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies picked up a viral hit with his video of a ride-along with police in Amsterdam. The segment, produced for his Comedy Central program The Jim Jefferies Show, mostly shows the comic and two police officers driving around the city on a quiet night with no crimes to investigate.
The video collected about 800,000 views across the show's official Facebook and Twitter pages in the three days following its Sept. 21 debut.
The province of Noord-Holland performed an experiment with seven cars that can communicate with each other and with traffic lights in the first week of September. This is the first such experiment in the Netherlands, according to the province, NU.nl reports.
The experiment was done on the N205 at Hoofddorp and Haarlem. The cars are connected to each other, so they can pass information about when they accelerate or brake between each other. They also communicate with traffic lights, so they know how long it will take a traffic light to change.
Parts of the Randstad area got more rain on Wednesday than usually falls in the entire month of September. Between 40 and 70 millimeters of rain fell in Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland and Utrecht on Tuesday, according to Weeronline. Nieuwkoop got a massive 130 mm or rain.
The provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Utrecht were faced with heavy rainfall on Wednesday. The A20 to Rotterdam had to be closed for several hours due to flooding. Streets in various places were also under water, NU.nl reports.
Public works department Rijkswaterstaat closed the A20 highway at the Kleinpolderplein junction around 11:00 a.m. because the road surface was under water to such an extent that it was unsafe to drive over it. The highway was reopened around 1:15 p.m.
Ten years after the outbreak of the credit crisis, the average selling prices of existing owner-occupied homes in the Netherlands are back on the level of 2008. Though the recovery can mainly be seen in the Randstad area. Prices in the big cities are now far above the 2008 level. But in many places outside the Randstad, house prices are still lower than before the crisis, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
A 4-year-old boy is in hospital with serious injuries after someone shot him with an air rifle in Zwaag, Noord-Holland on Sunday afternoon. The police are investigating.
The boy was playing with friends on Inlaagdijk between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. He was sitting on porch near a gate when his chest suddenly started hurting and he had trouble breathing.
Three teenage boys were killed when the car they were in hit a streetlight on Sportlaan in the Noord-Holland town of Anna Paulowna during the early hours of Saturday morning. The boys, two age 16 and one age 15, were all from the town. A 17-year-old girl from Anna Paulowna and a 20-year-old man from Oudesluis were injured. The man from Oudesluis was later arrested as a suspect, the police said.
Authorities in the Netherlands say terrorism appears to be the motive behind the stabbing of two Americans at Amsterdam Centraal train station on Friday afternoon.
Police are investigating the possibility that terrorism was the motive behind a stabbing incident Friday afternoon at the Amsterdam Centraal train station. Police revealed the potential motive in a joint statement with the public prosecutor's office and Amsterdam city hall.
The police found the body of a 31-year-old man from Alkmaar in a lake in the Noord-Holland town of Zuid-Scharwoude during the early hours of Monday morning. The man disappeared underwater in the recreational are Geestmerambacht on Sunday morning, NU.nl reports.
Emergency services responded to the lake on Sunday morning after reports of a man in "distress". According to the police, it was initially uncertain whether someone was in trouble in the water. But in the course of the afternoon, the man's belongings were found in the area.
The Dutch police rescued children from sweltering cars in two separate incidents on Thursday. Both incidents were reported to Veilig Thuis, the hotline for domestic violence and child abuse, ANP reports.
Two children were taken from a hot car parked at a supermarket in Ter Aar, Zuid-Holland. The kids' father, a 38-year-old man from Kaag en Braassem, was arrested.
The prices of existing homes in the Netherlands increased by 8.8 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, reaching a record high. The number of home sales decreased almost everywhere in the country, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Friday.
The Public Prosecutor in prosecuting three people, an after-school care facility, and a playground for the death of 4-year-old Maurycy Biernacki. In January 2016, the boy fell from a playground installation in Grootebroek and died in hospital nine days later, without ever regaining consciousness, AD reports.
The Noord-Holland village of Warder, near Edam, was shaken by an earthquake around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The quake measured 2.5 on the Richter scale and happened around 3 kilometers underground, according to meteorological institute KNMI.
The KNMI describes it as an "induced quake", which means that it was caused by gas extraction, according to RTL Nieuws.