Gunman storms Dutch television studio demanding airtime (Photo: Rick van den Berg)

Gunman storms Dutch television studio demanding airtime

Yesterday evening a gunman claiming to represent a "hacker collective" stormed the TV studio of Dutch national broadcaster NOS in Hilversum and demanded airtime, before he was arrested by police. No-one was hurt and no shots were fired during…
Geluksroute Haarlem
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expatsHaarlem participates in the Geluksroute / Happiness Route Haarlem

“Happiness is only real, when shared” – Christopher McCandless (Into the wild) Share what makes you happy and so spread happiness. Because happiness always brings more happiness. This is the idea and ideal behind the Geluksroute/Happiness…
energy lable
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Energy label mandatory for all properties in the Netherlands – And this time they really mean it!!

Actually, in 2008 it was already mandatory but, as it was rather complicated and no one was checking if you had it or not, everyone sort of agreed to ignore it!  However: From 1 January 2015 all properties in the Netherlands need an…
prostate-cancer-screening (www.delhidailynews.com)
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Prostate screening would save 300 lives a year

A two-yearly prostate cancer test for men would save 300 lives a year, according to European research led by Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The best results would be obtained with men aged aged 55-59. Every year, 2,400 men die from prostate…
A Single Life
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Dutch short animated film A Single Life wins Oscar nomination (+ trailer)

The Dutch short animation film A Single Life has been nominated for an Oscar. A Single Life, directed by Joris Oprins, is about a girl called Pia who plays a mysterious vinyl single. When playing the mysterious single, Pia is suddenly able…
Shot fired at Botermarkt in Haarlem (Photo: HFV/Michel van Bergen)
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Shot fired at Botermarkt in Haarlem

Yesterday afternoon: a shot fired in the middle of the day in Haarlem center. My kids and I were by accident at the arrestation place around the arrestation moment. Scary moment. [Update 17:45 h.] - Monday afternoon around 15:00 on the…
Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015
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Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015

As of 2015 a number of tax benefits regarding the cost for your children have disappeared.  Which benefits are gone? compensation single parents, changes in child related budget. Which benefits are gone? * Single parent credit (Alleenstaande…
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Euro Bridges appear in the Netherlands

Whether you realize it or not, all of the architecture on the Euro banknotes is fake. In 2002 Austrian Robert Kalin designed bridges for the bills that were intended to represent periods in time such as Baroque, Classical, Gothic, Romanesque,…
Number of expats in Haarlem above national average
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Number of expats in Haarlem above national average

Most expats live in the Randstad and around university towns. This results from a first exploration of the CBS (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek). LocalFocus put in a row the share of foreign-born workers with high wages compared to the…
Wat een happening was dat! En wat is onze stad toch mooi!
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Serious Request - Glazen huis Haarlem 2014 the Aftermovie

Serious Request 2014 in Haarlem: Wat een happening was dat! En wat is onze stad toch mooi!. Hieronder "the Aftermovie".
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ProefPark Haarlem indoor winter edition!

After two successful summer editions from ProefPark the time has come for an indoor winter edition on the last weekend of January. expatsHaarlem was together with some Haarlem media and some well-known food bloggers among the first to receive…
What changes in 2015? The main new laws and taxes
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What changes in 2015? The main new laws and taxes

As every year, a string of changes to taxes, employment law, housing and other laws come into effect on January 1. Most were announced in the September budget or were scheduled in previous years. Here is a round-up of the main changes. Work The…
Amsterdam in the top 15 world cities with best reputation (J.P. de Miguel Photography)

Amsterdam in the top 15 world cities with best reputation

Amsterdam has made it into the top 15 of the Reputation Institute's City RepTrak survey 2014. The Netherlands’ capital has made a big jump in the ranks in recent years, having been listed in 41st place in 2012. City RepTrak survey…
expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Housing
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expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Housing

The expatsHaarlem Housing section is the latest service of expatsHaarlem.  In this housing section you can read everything you need to know about the reasons to move to Haarlem, renting or buying a house in Haarlem, articles about the latest…
Increased number of Expats to the Netherlands discover Haarlem to be a much better (and cheaper) alternative to Amsterdam
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Increased number of Expats to the Netherlands discover Haarlem to be a much better (and cheaper) alternative to Amsterdam

According to a recent report from nu.nl the number of properties in Amsterdam sold and the price increase in the first 3 quarters of 2014 is comparable to the pre crisis years 2005-2008.  Wonderful news generally everyone, the economy is reviving! …
Christmas Commercial AH (Albert Heijn) from Bloemendaal and Overveen
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Christmas Commercial AH (Albert Heijn) from Bloemendaal and Overveen

The Christmas Commercial is recorded in "our" Bloemendaal and Overveen. Nice! The thought of the commercial ... At Christmas dinners you show how important family is to you. But what do you do when someone can not there be? Then you start…
Stock up on supplies, Haarlem to be transformed for 3FM’s Serious Request Live
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Stock up on supplies, Haarlem to be transformed for 3FM’s Serious Request Live

By now you probably have seen one of the many posters around the city. However, if you missed this news, sit back and prepare yourself as the residents of Haarlem are in for 6 days of apocalypse like transformation and the good kind! This year…
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Windowless Planes

A UK developer is working on replacing airplane windows with windowless walls like in cargo planes. The only difference is that the inside of the newly designed planes would be totally covered in video screens. What's more, this will bring down…
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Serious Request 2014: a glass house, 3 guys, no food. This year on Grote Markt.

Serious Request Unless you just freshly came off the boat or you've spent your time in the Netherlands underneath a rock, you've probably heard of Serious Request. The concept is simple: Wait till it is almost Christmas, put 3 deejays in…
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Men Choose Smart Women over Sexy Ones

Believe it or not, recent research has found that men value brains over sexiness. Even eyes are more important to men than breasts and butt! The research was done by the University of Utrecht where around 3,500 mostly Dutch and highly…
Insects as usual food in the Netherlands?
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Insects as usual food in the Netherlands?

You heard that right, just like in many other parts of the world where eating insects is a normal part of every day life, insect meat is coming to the Netherlands. Insect meat has been available in Belgium since last month but still needs…
Today: International Men's Day (Photo: Internationalmensday.com)
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Today: International Men's Day

Women have their Day and men too! International Men's Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. "Objectives of International Men's Day include a focus on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations,…
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The first Sand Hotel opens in the Netherlands

You've heard of the ice hotels that have recently opened in cold areas in the world, but you've probably never heard of a sand hotel. Always dreamed of living (or at least sleeping) in a sandcastle? Well now it's your chance! Is the hotel…
In 2020 no chocolate anymore
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In 2020 no chocolate anymore

Bad news for all chocoholics: in 2020 there will be no chocolate anymore. This is what de Telegraaf reported yesterday, Monday, November 17, 2014. The Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut, a major supplier, warns that they can no longer…
Basking Shark spotted off the Dutch coast!

Basking Shark spotted off the Dutch coast!

Thinking of better integrating into Dutch society and doing the New Years Dive  this year? Better think again, recently a basking shark was spotted off the coast of Zandvoort and then again spotted along the Belgian coast. Seeing these kinds…
Our Haarlem Photo Club member in the Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners! (Photo: Daniela Muente)
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Our Haarlem Photo Club member in the Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners!

Our Haarlem Photo Club member Daniela Muente made it to the Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners with her photo taken during the Haarlem Photo Walk co-organised with the Haarlem Photo Club this October. Congratulations Daniela,…
More than 100 schools closed
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More than 100 schools closed

Every year more and more schools are closing their doors. Last school year 108 elementary schools were shut down or merged with another school. Thus there are, according to the Office of Education have 6541 primary schools left. The PO-council,…
Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!
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Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!

Great photo exhibitions now in the Netherlands. Photo fair UNSEEN, 18-21 September 2014 in Amsterdam  This fair draws a large international crowd and is packed with events for anyone interested in photography. Many people go to this fair…
Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits

The Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem shows until 28 September 2014 a marvellous exhibition: Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits, focusing on the interesting dialogue between the portraiture style found in Golden Age paintings and the contemporary…
Afghan Girl
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Masters of Photography by National Geographic

Who does not know the picture of the Afghan girl with penetrating glance? It is world famous picture of Steve McCurry; also known as "the Mona Lisa of photography. Like this picture, there are numerous other photos that have been under the…