Dutch news in brief, 27 April 2006

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More euthanasia reported, The number of reports of euthanasia in the Netherlands was higher in 2005 than the year before, the five regional assessment committees said on Thursday. There were 1,933 reported cases in 2005, compared with 1,886 in 2004 and 1,815 in 2003.

More euthanasia reported

The number of reports of euthanasia in the Netherlands was higher in 2005 than the year before, the five regional assessment committees said on Thursday. There were 1,933 reported cases in 2005, compared with 1,886 in 2004 and 1,815 in 2003.

Greenpeace dumps Chernobyl waste

Greenpeace activists left a barrel of radioactive waste in the hall of the Ministry of Environment building in The Hague on Thursday. The barrel contained soil collected in Ukraine, not far from the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 20 years ago. Greenpeace was protesting against the decision to allow the Borssele nuclear power station to remain open until 2033. Parliament was meeting on Thursday to discuss the only working nuclear power plant in the Netherlands.

WWII munitions found in Roermond

Road workers discovered at least 30 unexploded shells from World War II in Roermond on Wednesday. The munitions were found buried at a depth of 50 centimetres near the disused IJzeren Rijn railway. A German munitions train was blown up in the area in 1944 and the Germans buried the unexploded shells in long trenches. Roermond Municipal Council sealed off the area with containers to keep the public back until the explosives are dealt with.

New health premiums for expats

Dutch nationals who live abroad on a pension or benefit payment will have to pay a varied premium for their basic health insurance in the Netherlands. The amount of the premium will be calculated on a country-by-country basis, Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst has decided. The calculation of the premium will take into account the average of healthcare premiums in both the Netherlands and the country the person is living in. This will probably result in most Dutch expats paying less than they do now.

Rotterdam awaits sailing boats

Rotterdam will be the centre of the international sailing world from 5 to 15 June as it hosts the second-last stage of the Volvo Ocean Race, the "Formula 1" of sailing. The Dutch city has organised several events, includes a children's day with a pirate party, to mark the "Rotterdam Stopover". Top DJ Tiësto will also feature in the festivities which the organisers say with cost EUR 4 million. As Rotterdam is on a narrow waterway, the sailing vessels will race on the course in the North Sea, close to The Hague.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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