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Cycling lessons for immigrants.

Social welfare organization Akros in the de Baarsjes district has announced plans to get local businesses to sponsor cycling lessons for their employees, with cleaning companies among the target group...
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No voting machines for Amsterdam.

Citizens in the Dutch capital will be voting with the traditional red pencil in the national elections on 22 Nov following a decision by minister for government reform, Atzo Nicola, withdrawing approv...
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Park-and-Ride fees to drop.

Amsterdam city council has announced plans to make parking on the outskirts of the city even more appealing to visitors. The four existing park-and-ride facilities at Zeeburgereiland, under the Sloter...
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Laying of fibre-optic network begins.

The Amsterdam city council has started laying a fibre-optic network which will provide broadband access for the districts of Oosterparkbuurt-Zuid and Dapperbuurt. Funds for the public/private project...
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Rembrandt 400 exceeds expectations.

Celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt van Rijn have already exceeded predicted attendance figures. 1.5 million visitors were expected to attend the exhibitions of the Dutch...
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Non-smoking luxury hotel opens in Amsterdam.

The brand-new 20-storey Mvenpick Amsterdam hotel overlooking the River IJ in the heart of the Dutch capital has opened to guests. Positioned right next to the Passengers Terminal for visiting cruise s...
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Dutch design on show.

Galleries, shops, restaurants, hotels, clubs and museums around the Dutch capital are taking part in the third edition of the Amsterdam Design project throughout September, showcasing the latest in Du...
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Beware spiked chocolate bars.

Customs officials at Amsterdams Schipol airport have issued warnings over chocolate bars spiked with hallucinogenic substances after a homeless person suffered nausea and hallucinations after eating o...
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Rock stars find tax haven in Amsterdam.

Irish rock band U2 has transferred the music publishing wing of its company, U2 Limited, from Dublin to Amsterdam following a change in Irish tax exemption laws. The U2 Limited company, which owns all...
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First chip cards for Amsterdam metro.

Dutch public transport company, GVB, has launched the first 40,000 chip cards which are eventually to replace the strippenkaart tickets on Amsterdam buses, trams, trains and metro. This summer 30.000...
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Clinic for on-line games addicts.

A 16th-century Amsterdam canal-house has been converted into a clinic for addicts of on-line games. Run by addiction expert Keith Bakker, the clinic is the first of its kind in Europe, offering in-pat...
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New sports centre for Jordaan.

Two new swimming pools, a spa, a gymnasium and a restaurant have opened under one roof in Amsterdams trendy Jordaan district. Offering a host of activities including aqua jogging, swimming for pregnan...
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Renovated castle re-opened.

Queen Beatrix has re-opened the mediaeval Muiderslot castle after extensive renovation work to make the castle accessible to the public. Located in Muiden, a small village 14 km north of Amsterdam, th...
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Tackling crime in the red light district.

The Amsterdam city council has refused to renew the operating licences of 37 of the citys 170 brothels on the grounds that they may be involved in criminal activity. The decision was enacted under the...
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1 fee for Vondelpark theatre.

For the first time in its 33-year history, the popular Vondelpark open-air theatre one of the highlights of Amsterdams summer season has been obliged to charge a nominal entrance fee of 1 due to in...
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Tuk Tuk for transport.

An answer to Amsterdams traffic congestion is at hand. The Tuk Tuk Company is introducing auto rickshaws known as tuk-tuks in October. The three-wheeled tuk-tuks are a common sight in South East Asian...
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Crime levels down.

Amsterdam has the sixth highest incidence of crime in the country after Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Roermond and Den Bosch, according to the annual crime league table published by the newspaper Alg...
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City swimmers spoilt for choice.

The latest addition to Amsterdams range of city beaches is Strand West open till 30 September, near the Houthavens in the borough of Westerpark which has 20,000 sqm of sand beside the waters of the IJ...
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Queens Day festivities.

This years Queens birthday holiday (Koninginnedag) is to be held on 29 April to avoid falling on a Sunday. The holiday instituted by Queen Juliana shortly after the end of world war two is usually cel...
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Local government moves left.

Amsterdam is to be governed by a centre-left coalition of the social democratic Labour Party (PvdA) and the Green Party (Groenlinks) for the next four years after recent local government elections reg...
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Passenger quay gets facelift.

Amsterdam Passenger Terminal is improving its waterside facilities to accommodate growing numbers of ocean-going cruise ships. The quay space has already been extended by 5,000 sqm and two new compute...
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Further delays to Rijksmuseum.

The re-opening of the renovated Rijksmuseum, scheduled for mid-2008, has been set back to the end of 2009. The delay is due to extra security requirements against theft and burglary following recent a...
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English weekly celebrates.

The "Amsterdam Weekly", the Dutch capitals free English-language newspaper, has celebrated its 100th edition with a special comics issue, featuring some of the citys top cartoonists, and a party at th...
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Plan to pedestrianize Leidseplein.

Leidseplein Square, Amsterdams cultural and nightlife hub, is to become a pedestrian precinct if plans presented by the local council are approved. Currently a chaotic traffic intersection, the new-lo...
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New mosque gets go ahead.

Construction of the Westermoskee in the predominantly Turkish and Moroccan district of de Baarsjes in West Amsterdam will begin on 28 February, after 12 years of decision reversals, delays and controv...
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Dope-smoking banned on the streets.

Marijuana can no longer be smoked on the streets of West Amsterdam under a new bylaw attempting to limit petty crime in the de-Baarsjes neighbourhood, one of the poorest quarters of Amsterdam. Offen...
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New chip cards for public transport.

The strippenkaart ticket currently in use on Amsterdam city metro, buses and trams will be replaced by a new chip card in early 2007 in a move intended to make using public transport easier and to pre...
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Gearing up for fashion.

For six days from 25 Jan the Dutch capital is hosting the 4th Amsterdam International Fashion Week. Most events are being held in the former industrial complex of the Westergasfabriek, but galleries a...
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City centre parking rises.

Hourly parking rates in the centre of the city went up on 1 January from 3.40 to 4.40. The new rates apply around the Central Station, Dam Square, the red light district and Nieuwmarkt Square. This ri...
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Sorting out taxis.

The city governments of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht have been given new powers to intervene in the local taxi market in response to problems following liberalisation in 2000. Since thi...
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