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Funeral insurer charges families extra fees despite court ruling: Volkskrant

    Funeral insurer charges families extra fees despite court ruling: VolkskrantPhoto: Depositphotos.com

    Funeral insurer Yarden is continuing to charge grieving families extra fees to carry out funerals even though this was ruled illegal in 2014, the Volkskrant said on Friday.

    The extra charge affects 60,000 people who paid for a policy which specified which services would be offered – such as type of coffin, cars and cards – bu

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    Dutch cabinet talks: CDA and D66 fight over finance minister job

      Dutch cabinet talks: CDA and D66 fight over finance minister jobThe formation party leaders meet with chief negotiator Gerrit Zalm. Photo: Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal

      CDA and D66 are both claiming the powerful finance minister position in the next cabinet because they have the same number of seats in parliament, the Telegraaf said on Friday.

      It is customary for someone from the second-largest party in a

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      Investment company HAL has the healthiest Dutch pension fund

        Investment company HAL has the healthiest Dutch pension fundSource: Static.autoblog.nl

        The pension fund of investment group HAL is the healthiest in the country with a coverage ratio of 184%, the Telegraaf reported on Friday. This means HAL has €1.84 in its pension fund for every euro it is obligated to pay out.

        The family doctors’ pension fund is also looking healthy with a coverage ratio of 132%, the paper

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        Dutch hiker dies in avalanche in southern Germany

          A 24 year-old Dutchman has died in an avalanche on Thursday in Schönau am Königssee in southern Germany, Bavarian police have said.

          The man was on a hike with relatives when the avalanche happened. He was bringing up the rear and was swept away, falling some 60 to 80 metres and hitting his head on the rocks. The rest of the family was unhurt.

          His

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          Store revamp as Dutch high street staple Hema is readied for sale

            Store revamp as Dutch high street staple Hema is readied for salePhoto: Hema

            Dutch high street staple Hema opened a new-style outlet in Tilburg on Thursday where the emphasis has shifted subtly towards food, the Telegraaf reported on Friday.

            The paper said Hema is targeting healthy eating, with salads, home-made fries, fresh pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and fresh soups, all prepared on the premises while the

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            Dutch government debt falls but mortgages boost household debts

              Dutch government debt falls but mortgages boost household debtsPhoto: Depositphotos.com

              The national statistics agency CBS released a slew of figures on Friday confirming the continued upward march of the Dutch economy.

              Government debt in the first half of 2017 fell back by €14bn to €421bn. This equates to 58.7% of GDP, the lowest level since 2010, the CBS said.

              Debt fell because of a €4bn surplus and the p

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              Amsterdam central station plays fairground music to keep troublemakers away

                Railway officials at Amsterdam’s main railway station are broadcasting music from the Efteling amusement park in the main tunnel in an effort to drive away gangs of youths and other undesirables, RTL news said on Friday.

                The music, used to accompany the waterlily and carnival rides among others, is broadcast from 5.30am to 8am and from 9pm to 1am

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                Dutch murder rate rises this year, with a boom in gangland killings

                  Dutch murder rate rises this year, with a boom in gangland killingsPhoto: Depositphotos.com

                  The number of murders committed in the Netherlands this year has already reached the 2016 total, according to calculations by Elsevier magazine.

                  Thursdays’ suspected gangland killing in Spijkenisse takes the total to 108 so far in 2017, the magazine said.

                  This year in particular there have been a high number of gang-related

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                  Ziggo, XS4All told to block The Pirate Bay ahead of Supreme Court ruling

                    Ziggo, XS4All told to block The Pirate Bay ahead of Supreme Court rulingThe Pirate Bay homepage. Photo: DutchNews.nl

                    Judges in The Hague on Friday told internet providers XS4All and Ziggo that they must block file sharing site The Pirate Bay, in the latest twist in a court case which stretches back to 2010.

                    Appeal court judges in The Hague said in 2014 that the two firms no longer had to impose a blockade on file

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