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The Netherlands fell to 28th in press freedom

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The Netherlands fell to 28th in press freedom

It performed poorly compared to previous years and ranked 28th in the annual press freedom survey in the Netherlands. The country was ranked 2nd in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The Netherlands has dropped one place each year since 2018, according to a report by Reporters Without Borders RSF. While finishing last year in 6th place, the Netherlands dropped 22 places this year and is in 28th place. Journalists in the Netherlands were physically attacked several times in the past year.
Although this dramatic decline came as a shock in the Netherlands, it did not come as a surprise. Ruth Kronenburg of Free Press Unlimited said that this has never happened before and that the Netherlands has always been at the forefront of press freedom. Kronenburg emphasized that decisive steps should be taken in order to continue this.
In the ranking calculated out of 100, the Netherlands took place between Slovakia and Argentina with 77.93 points. Norway’s top spot was 92.65, followed by Denmark and Sweden, the two Scandinavian countries.
A total of 180 countries were included in the list. Iran (23.22), Eritrea (19.62) and North Korea (13.92) made the last three of the rankings. Turkey took the 149th place with 41.25 points.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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A new night train from Amsterdam to Barcelona!

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A new night train from Amsterdam to Barcelona!

Railways organization European Sleeper submitted its night train offer between Amsterdam and Barcelona to Dutch Consumers and Markets Authority ACM. If permission is granted, the Barcelona night train will start its services on 10 December 2023.

The new night train will also stop at many of the Netherlands’ train stations. These stations are expected to be Amsterdam Centraal, The Hague HS, Rotterdam Centraal and Roosendaal. Train services are estimated to be three times a week. In addition, it is stated that the possibility of daily voyages may occur in the future. The number of expeditions will be determined by capacity and equipment adequacy.
European Sleeper, as a Dutch-Belgian company, was established last year to close the night train gap to Europe and to be an alternative to air travel. The organization recently announced that it would open night train services to France in cooperation with Sunweb.
Night train services have developed in recent years, but have come to a standstill with the pandemic. Currently Nightjet offers night trains from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem to Frankfurt. On this route, passengers can transfer to Basel, Zurich, Munich, Innsbruck or Vienna.
Another company, GreenCityTrip, operates night trains from the Netherlands to Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy and Sweden with tour operator TUI.
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Minimum civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will be 2 thousand euros

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Minimum civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will be 2 thousand euros

In the Netherlands, the Ministry of the Interior announced that the minimum civil servant salaries will increase by 2.5 percent as of July 1 to 2,016 euros.

In the next two years, civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will increase in three stages. In a structural sense, the salary increase will be 75 euros per month, while a one-time gross will be 900 euros.
The 2.5 percent increase will be experienced on 1 July. Officers will receive a one-time fee of 450 euros on 1 December. In April 2023, civil servants’ salaries will increase by 3 percent, while civil servants will receive a one-time fee of 450 euros. At the beginning of 2024, the increase will be 1.5 percent.
The new salary arrangement will affect 130 thousand civil servants.
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Enjoy the canals of Amsterdam with paddle boarding!

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Today we will examine the Paddle Surfing (Canal Sup) event for you. SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle. In this activity, you will stand on a large surfboard and sail along the canal with paddles in hand!

Paddle surfing is one of the most developed water sports in recent years. Judging by the recommendations, those who try it will immediately understand why this sport is flourishing!
So, will those who want to paddle surf need any training? This is among the first questions that come to mind, but no, you don’t need training to paddle board.
It is enough to know how to swim and to balance on the surfboard. If you want, you can do paddle surfing by standing on your knees rather than standing up. Don’t forget to post a photo on Instagram while standing up!
Prices for paddle boarding usually start from 10 euros. You can enjoy surfing for one, three hours or half a day if you want!
Surfboards also vary according to the number of people. One can ride the surfboard for two, alone or with a friend or lover. But remember, it’s important to stay in sync and balance!
There is also the opportunity to canoe for those who are worried about falling. This way you can both enjoy the channels and feel much safer!
Well, have you ever tried paddle surfing in Amsterdam? Share with us in the comments!
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