Cabinet will not keep investors out of housing market despite rising prices

Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren has announced that the Dutch government will not take measures to keep investors out of the housing market. However, she admitted that this was not “a future-proof solution”. A study commissioned by the ministry, and carried out by the Land Registry and the University of Amsterdam, showed the effects of investors on the prices […]

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Two injured in stampede outside new MediaMarkt in Leidenschendam

On Thursday, two people were injured in an overexcited crowd outside a MediaMarkt store in Leidenschendam. According to police, hundreds of people had gathered outside the store. The injuries occurred at the entrance to the store, where the large crowd had to funnel in through the narrow gates. According to nu.nl, people pushed and shoved each other […]

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Brave New World and Beyond Human: the art and science events you need to attend this autumn

Brave New World is a conference held each year in Leiden to investigate how future technology will shape human life. It’s a fascinating collision of philosophy, culture, society, storytelling, science and technology that is graced by lots of fascinating speakers each year.   If you’ve been wondering how advances in science and technology will affect […]

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The Dutch are using more and more plastic each year

A study by ING’s Economic Bureau has shown that the Dutch are using 26 million pieces of plastic food packaging each year. This is more than in previous years, largely due to population growth and the rise of individually packaged meals. If you break that statistic down, that means 1500 pieces of plastic food packaging are used […]

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Hacker to sell data of visitors to prostitution forum

The email addresses and other details of 250,000 members of the Dutch prostitution forum hookers.nl have been accessed by a hacker, who intends to sell the data. This site is used by those who visit sex workers to share tips and experiences. NOS has verified the website’s security breach after a tip by an anonymous source. […]

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Dutch government to name and shame AND FINE discriminating employers

Employers and employment agencies may soon have to pay a fine of 4500 euros if they are found to be discriminating against applicants. This is stated in a bill introduced by the State Secretary of Social Affairs Tamara van Ark. Van Ark wants employers to record in writing the ways they avoided discriminating against potential employees […]

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Got a lot of student debt? Send a Tikkie to Rutte!

Students have announced that they will be sending Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, a Tikkie for their student debt.  We’ve all been there. You log on to DUO and see that disgusting large number staring back at you. All that debt. Panic ensues. You question your life choices, your reason for existence. You […]

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The Blue Mosque wants to amplify their Friday call to prayer

The Blue Mosque in New-West Amsterdam wants to become the first mosque in the Netherlands to amplify their call to prayer with loudspeakers. This would only apply to the Friday call to prayer.  On their Facebook page on Tuesday, the Blue Mosque announced that they wanted to amplify their Friday call to prayer. Their reason for […]

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The Netherlands has the best economy in Europe

According to a comparison done by the World Economic Forum (WEF) the Netherlands now has the most competitive economy in Europe. Worldwide, only Singapore, the United States and Hong Kong are more competitive. The Dutch economy has achieved this status because of its agile economy, which is the result of “an entrepreneurial culture, flat organisations and […]

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The 10 best authentic Dutch villages that you HAVE to visit

Dutch cities are beautiful, we all know that. But what about the villages? They deserve some love too. Besides, cities can be busy and overcrowded. We wanted to show that there are quiet, tranquil, quaint places in the Netherlands too. And so we decided to give you what you didn’t know you needed: our guide […]

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