Dutch news in brief, 28 July 2006

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Committee to investigate Afghan crash

Committee to investigate Afghan crash

Dutch Defence Minister Henk Kamp informed parliament on Friday that his officials have set up a small committee to establish the circumstances of the helicopter crash in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of two Dutch soldiers. The 14 others on the craft were also killed.

Most expensive homes in Blaricum

The most expensive location for houses in the Netherlands is the town of Blaricum in North Holland province, RTL Nieuws reported on Friday. A house in the villa town - in the region known as 't Gooi - cost an average of EUR 699,414 in the first half of the year. Housing site dimo.nl. carried out a nationwide comparison and said Bloemendaal and  Laren were the next most expensive places.

Bunnies destroy graves

A plague of rabbits is causing havoc to graves in the towns of Doornspijk and 't Harde. Gravestones are subsiding due to tunneling and floral tributes are being devoured by the hungry balls of fur, much to the distress of relatives of the departed. The local council in Elburg has assigned several of its employees to rabbit catching duty. Once captured the rabbits will be relocated to the northern part  of the Veluwe national park.

Free travel for seniors proposed

Amsterdam Alderman Tjeerd Herrema (Transport) will present a plan after the summer to allow senior citizens to use the city's public transport for free. It is unclear at this stage whether all senior citizens will be covered by the scheme, or only those on low incomes.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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