2001 in the Netherlands
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- 1 January - Fire at a New Years party in a bar in Volendam kills 14 young people and injures 200
- 18 January - Fire at Schiphol airport leads to chaos
- 26 January - Suspect of fireworks explosion in Enschede in May 2000 arrested
- 6 February - Foreign minister Van Aartsen calls off visit to the People's Republic of China because of human rights
- 8 February - Eight Hells Angels are arrested in their club house in Amsterdam
- 14 February - Government Information Service declares that Queen Beatrix's second son Friso is not homosexual
- 14 February - The creator of the Anna Kournikova computer virus turns himself in
- 21 March - First case of foot and mouth disease discovered
- 30 March - Engagement of Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta announced
Arts and literature
- FC Den Bosch win the Eerste Divisie
- 11 February - Rintje Ritsma wins the world all-round speed skating title.
- 28 April - Erik Dekker wins the Amstel Gold Race.
- 6 May - PSV Eindhoven secures the Dutch football title in the Eredivisie by beating SC Heerenveen 3-0.
- 24 May - FC Twente wins the KNVB Cup after beating PSV Eindhoven in the penalty shootout
- 16 June - HC Den Bosch clinches the Dutch men's field hockey title by beating Oranje Zwart of Eindhoven in the play-offs.
- 23 June - The women of HC Den Bosch clinch the Dutch women's field hockey title by beating HC Rotterdam in the play-offs.
- 26 August - The women of Argentina beat the Netherlands to win the Champions Trophy, held at the Wagener stadium in Amstelveen.
- 21 October - Driss El Himer wins the Amsterdam Marathon
- 8 January - Johan van der Keuken (1938), documentary film-maker
- 5 October - Egbert van 't Oever speed skater and coach
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