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Schipol airport on high alert

Schipol airport was on alert on 29 August because of the suspected highjacking of a Vueling plane with 180 passengers enroute from Malaga in Spain. The plane was escorted by F16 fighters to Schipol...
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Fewer school dropouts in the Netherlands

The number of children leaving school without any qualifications has dropped by 50 per cent in ten years in the Netherlands. School dropouts have gone from 71,000 ten years ago to 38,600 today and...
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Amsterdam’s Grachtenfestival celebrates 15 years

Amsterdam’s Grachtenfestival of classical music is in full swing throughout the city. The main concert takes place on 18 August close to the Pulitzer Hotel, with floats on the Prinsengracht cana...
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Rijksmuseum cycle path to reopen

The cycle path under Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum will open again, once the renovations to the museum are concluded in 2013. The museum administration wanted to stop the path being used in order t...
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Ground rent too much in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s city audit office has revealed that the council often overcharges homeowners for ground rent on council land. Most land in the city is owned by the council, which charges a ground...
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Road deaths down in Netherlands

Road deaths and traffic jams are down in the Netherlands according to figures from the ministry of transport. In 2011 deaths fell from 81 to 67 in 2011. The Netherlands has a population of 16.6 millio...
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Dutch big internet shoppers

Dutch consumers are among the top online shoppers in Europe. In 2011 65 per cent of 16-75 year old shopped online. This puts the Netherlands in fourth place behind the UK, Sweden and Denmark, accor...
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Arts cuts damage Netherlands culture

The decision by the government to cut the Netherlands’ arts council subsidies by 25 per cent over the next four years means that some orchestras, theatre groups and dance companies will no longe...
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Dutch fees for non-EU residency too high

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the Netherlands charges non-EU residents too much for residency permits. The fee is between
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Dutch fees for non-EU residency too high

The European Court of Justice has ruled the Netherlands charge non-EU residents too much for residency permits. The fee is between €188 and €830 for the permit. Each country in the EU is...
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Dutch bookshops win awards

Two Dutch bookshops have been named among the 20 most beautiful bookshops in the world. The Selexyz Bookstore in Maastricht heads the list and the American Book Center in Amsterdam, which also has a b...
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Deaths on Amsterdam canals

According to a report in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Amsterdam
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Amsterdam ring road digs in

The Netherlands ministry of transport has agree to fund a project to put a southern section of the Amsterdam ring road underground. It has also given the go-ahead to widen the stretch that dissects th...
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Amsterdam to target illegal immigrants

Amsterdam is to tighten its approach to illegal immigrants in the city, particularly those from central and eastern Europe. It is planning to improve its registration procedures, get tougher on illega...
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Cannabis sales to be controlled

Tourists will not to able to buy cannabis in coffee shops in the Netherlands starting from May 2012. Under the new law coffee shops will only be able to sell the drug to registered members and not to...
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Monday mail may be scrapped

The delivery of mail on Mondays could now be scrapped according to a new ruling from the Netherland
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Amsterdam central library to charge for internet access

From 1 January 2012 the Amsterdam Public Library will no longer offer free internet or WiFi services. As from 1 January all those wanting to use the service will have to become a member or buy a v...
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AMSTERDAM COFFEE SHOP SCHEME TO CUT CANNABIS USERS BY 70 PER CENT

The number of people buying cannabis in Amsterdam would fall by 70 per cent, say city authorities, if proposals by the Netherland
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