Expatica : Netherlands (37)

Dutch government reaches post-WWII longevity record

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's cabinet has become the longest serving in the Netherlands since World War II, a milestone reached in large part because of dragged-out talks to form a viable coalition...

Bones, silver found in 18th-century Dutch wreck off UK

Maritime archaeologists said Friday they have begun excavating the wreck of a Dutch ship that sank off the English coast in 1740, recovering leather shoes, silver and the bones of its lost crew.The Rooswijk,...

Bikes, phones and a fur hat await their owners at NS lost property office

Passengers are leaving so many items behind on trains that Dutch railway company NS is expanding its lost property storage space, the company said on Thursday.

Police arrest NOS hostage taker who 'wanted to speak to CNN'

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man who took a woman hostage at the offices of public broadcasting company NPO in Hilversum on Thursday.

Fit Dutch student water polo team cause media storm in Taiwan

A photograph of the Dutch men's water polo team has created a media hype in Taiwan where the team is taking part in the Universiade games – an international sports event for student teams.

Going back to the Middle Ages: there are now 500 breweries in NL

The number of breweries in the Netherlands is back to 'medieval levels' when every town had its own brewery, says beer culture heritage organisation SENB.

As jobless total drops again, Dutch firms struggle to find staff

The official Dutch unemployment rate fell again in July to 4.8% of the working population, national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

Mali ex-jihadist liable for 2.7 mn euros for Timbuktu destruction: ICC

A war crimes court Thursday said a Malian ex-jihadist caused 2.7 million euros in damages when he destroyed Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012.The International Criminal Court ordered victims be paid "individual,...

Dutch police arrest man after knife drama at broadcaster

Dutch police arrested a man Thursday in the country's central broadcasting centre of Hilversum, after he took a woman hostage following an altercation in a parking lot, a spokeswoman said."What we know...

As jobless total goes down, 1.3 million Dutch people would like a job or more hours

The Dutch unemployment rate may have dipped below 5% this year but there are still 1.3 million people who would like a job or who would like to work longer hours, the national statistics agency CBS said on Wednesday.

Dutch economic growth set to reach 3.3% this year, says CPB

The government's macro-economic policy unit CPB on Wednesday revised its growth forecasts for the Dutch economy upwards to 3.3% this year and 2.5% in 2018.

New coalition 'will make national anthem lessons compulsory at Dutch schools'

The Dutch national anthem, the Wilhelmus, will become a compulsory part of the school curriculum when the new government takes office, the AD said on Wednesday.

Dutch road safety groups criticise crossbar bikes, warn of dangers

The traditional crossbar on men's bikes is unsafe and should be avoided by some groups, say traffic safety organisations Veilig Verkeer Nederland and TeamAlert.

Volunteers pick 15 tonnes of waste from Dutch beaches in two weeks

Volunteers have picked up almost 15,000 kilos of rubbish from Dutch beaches in the past two weeks, foundation De Noordzee said on Wednesday.

Men at centre of contaminated egg scandal must stay in jail, court says

The directors of a Dutch company said to be at the heart of Europe's contaminated egg scandal have been remanded in custody for two weeks while the investigation continues.

Leaks about euthanasia deal 'damaging' to Dutch coalition talks

The leader of Christian party ChristenUnie, which is taking part in talks on forming a new Dutch government, has reacted angrily to reports that the four parties have reached a deal on controversial ethical issues.

No rise in freelancer tariffs, translation fees under pressure

The average hourly rate charged by freelancers in the Netherlands did not go up at all this year and remains €43, according to research by website Hoofdkraan.nl.

Utrecht is again best Dutch university in latest Shanghai rankings

Utrecht University has been hailed the best university in the Netherlands for 15 years in a row, in the latest annual Academic Ranking of World Universities,

Making a porn film in church is not a criminal offence, public prosecutor says

The public prosecution department has decided not to take legal action against a porn company which used a Catholic church in Tilburg as the setting for one of its films, broadcaster NOS said on Tuesday.

Two in Dutch court over tainted-eggs scandal

Two Dutch men appeared in court Tuesday in connection with the tainted-eggs scandal that swept Europe this month, which saw millions of eggs destroyed and caused tens of millions of euros in damages.The...

Dutch households pick up 65% of the environmental tax bill

Dutch households are paying an increasingly large share of the total environmental tax bill, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

Deported mother was 'told repeatedly' she would have to go: minister

The Armenian woman deported on Monday without her children, who are in hiding in the Netherlands, had been told since 2009 that she would have to leave, junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff said on Monday evening.

'Billions needed every year for big city public transport'

Maurice Unck, newly appointed director of the Rotterdam public transport operator RET, says the Netherlands needs to spend at least €1bn a year through 2035 in upgrading and expanding public transport services in the heavily populated western urban a

Stealing company property is the most common reason for instant dismissal

Stealing company property is the most common reason why Dutch bosses sack workers on the spot, the Volkskrant said on Tuesday.

Dutch coalition negotiations: 'compromise reached on ethical issues'

The four parties currently working on forming a new coalition Dutch government appear to have reached a deal on controversial ethical issues, the AD and Telegraaf said on Tuesday.

Dutch count massive cost of tainted-eggs scare

Dutch farmers and retailers on Monday were counting the costs stemming from the tainted-eggs scandal that swept Europe, saying the total ran into tens of millions of euros as two men at the scandal's...

Dutch count massive cost of tainted-egg scare

Dutch farmers and retailers on Monday were counting the costs stemming from the tainted egg scandal that swept Europe, saying the total ran into tens of millions of euros as two men at the scandal's centre...

Missing Dutchman's body found in Turkey after 37-day search: reports

Turkish emergency teams on Monday found the body of a Dutchman missing for 37 days in the south of the country after losing contact with friends, reports said.Joey Hoffman, 22, went missing in the Silifke...

Malaysian princess marries Dutchman in lavish ceremony

The daughter of one of Malaysia's most powerful sultans married her Dutch fiance Monday in a tradition-filled ceremony during a day of lavish celebrations witnessed by crowds of excited well-wishers.Princess...

Malaysian princess marries Dutchman in lavish ceremony

The daughter of one of Malaysia's most powerful sultans married her Dutch fiance Monday in a ceremony steeped in centuries of tradition during a day of lavish celebrations.Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan...

MPs want answers about new tax avoidance trend

MPs have called on the caretaker government to make a statement about the growing use of 'funds for common account',

Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers retains her world 200 metres title

Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers on Friday retained her world title in the 200 metres at the world championships in London.

Dutch state railway firm wins another franchise in Britain

Dutch state-owned railway firm NS and its subsidiary Abellio have won a major contract to operate rail franchises between London and Birmingham and Liverpool from 17 December.

Amsterdam housing agency says 'western cooking only'

A housing agency in Amsterdam has said it will only rent out two of its apartments if the tenant cooks 'western' food, NOS reports.

EU food & health commissioner calls meeting over contaminated eggs

As more and more countries are destroying fipronil contaminated eggs from the Netherlands, Euro commissioner for food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis wants a meeting of EU ministers and food safety watchdogs to discuss the problem, public broadcaster NOS reports.

ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction

War crimes judges will Thursday hand down a landmark ruling on reparations for the razing of Timbuktu's fabled shrines, but the victims' fund which is to implement the order warned it will not be easy.Ahmad...

Van Gogh goes virtual as 'Sunflowers' unite via livestream

Five versions of Vincent van Gogh's masterpiece painting "Sunflowers" will be united across three continents for the first time on Monday via a consecutive livestream feed, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam...