About Life in The Netherlands


A plane carrying remains of victims from downed flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Monday August 4th, 2014

Last week, 227 coffins with bodies of MH17 crash victims were taken to the Netherlands for identification.

Amsterdam’s gay pride parade remembers AIDS workers killed on MH17 in Ukraine

They were headed from Amsterdam to an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. A total of 193 Dutch people were killed in the crash.

Amsterdammers and visitors lined the city’s historic canals to applaud the boats as they passed, 15 minutes before dozens of party boats kicked off the festive parade.

Between 300,000 and 400,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders from around the are expected to throng the multicoloured beats-fuelled party in historically tolerant Amsterdam.

For the first time, the Amsterdam parade has a Dutch Moroccan boat, featuring dancers wearing pink djellabas, and a Jewish boat.

Dutch parliament thanks Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: "what an incredible good country we are!"

International investigators and observers were again prevented from reaching the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Tuesday by fierce fighting in the area between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.


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July, 26 2014 Final flights bring MH17 bodies to Netherlands

The final flights containing victim’s bodies have landed in the Netherlands.

One Dutch Hercules C-130 and one Royal Australian C-17 transporter touched down at Eindhoven Air Base, each carrying 19 coffins containing victims from the crash zone in eastern Ukraine,

The 38 coffins flown on the final convoy now brings the total number of bodies carried back to the Netherlands to 227, but unrecovered bodies still remain at the crash site, where they are exposed to tampering, weather and an active conflict zone. As the first coffin was lowered from the planes on the runway, silence fell over Eindhoven military airport. The only sound came from a row of flags whipping in the wind at half mast.

MH17 crash: Parents of victim Fatima Dyczynski arrive at Ukraine site to search for their daughter

George and Angela Dyczynski came to the war zone to honour their 25-year-old daughter, Fatima, even though officials have urged families of those who were on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 not to visit.

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans Gives Perfect Response To Horror Of MH17

Amid the recriminations and blame that has descended into a Cold War of words between Russia and the West over the downing of flight MH17, the victims have been robbed of their dignity, laid bare in this powerful speech by the Dutch Foreign Minister.

Pausing at times to contain his emotion, Frans Timmermans spoke to the United Nations of his shock at the treatment of the bodies, the indignity of the news coverage, and the obfuscation of the details of the crash.

"Did they lock hands with their loved ones, did they hold their children close to their hearts?" His voice began to tremble as he continued. "Did they look each other in the eyes, one final time, in a wordless goodbye? We will never know."

  1. Dutch Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs  with his Australian colleague Julie Bishop, seeing the Dutch plane Hercules take off
  2. Coffins of 74 MH17 victims arrive in Eindhoven
  3. Mourning: Airline crew were among dozens of people to lay flowers for the victims of Mayalsia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, today
  4. Upset: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (pictured centre alongside her husband King Willem-Alexander) wipes away a tear as the first bodies of victims are removed from an air force transport plane yesterday
  5. Sombre: Dutch military personnel are pictured carrying a coffin containing the remains of a MH17 victim to a waiting hearse today
  6. Final journey: A convoy of hearses today carried a second batch of MH17 victims to a military barracks in Holland following the coffins’ arrival in the Netherlands
  7. On duty: Dutch military personnel are pictured at the air base in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 24 July 2014, after the two military aircraft brought back more coffins
  8. Sombre: Dutch military personnel are pictured carrying a coffin containing the remains of a MH17 victim to a waiting hearse today
  9. Awaiting the arrival: Dressed in black, Dutch dignitaries are pictured waiting at the airbase in Eindhoven as the second batch of MH17 victims are brought via plane

MH17 Disaster Prompts Heartfelt Apology From Russian Newspaper Novaya Gazeta

One of Russia’s leading newspapers has dedicated its front page to a moving apology to the Dutch people for the downing of MH17.

The full page picture on today’s Novaya Gazeta is captioned: ‘Vergeef ons, Nederlands’ - ‘Forgive us, Netherlands’ in Dutch, with the Russia translation below.

The sombre page, edged in black, shows the memorial procession of black hearses carrying the bodies of some of the near 200 Dutch people killed in the tragedy in eastern Ukraine last week, widely believed to have been caused by pro-Russia Ukrainian rebels, armed by Moscow.