2006 in the Netherlands

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This article lists some of the events that took place in the Netherlands in 2006.





  • February 1: An apartment complex on the Bos en Lommerplein, Amsterdam is evacuated as tests indicate that the building is about to collapse. Local authorities declare the building unfit for habitation, while the constructor offers the residents alternative housing.
  • February 2: The House of Representatives votes in favour of the ISAF operation of the Netherlands Army in Orūzgān Province, Afghanistan.
  • February 3: Boris Dittrich resigns as fractievoorzitter of D66. He had indicated that his party would leave the government coalition if the mission to Afghanistan were approved, but said during the debate that this was a strategic remark aimed at swaying the opposition Labour Party to oppose the mission. This failed, and the admission led to widespread criticism within D66.
  • February 6: The Dutch government announces that it will return the art collection of Jacques Goudstikker to his heirs. The works of art had been confiscated by the Nazis during the Second World War. The Dutch government confiscated the works from the Nazi government in 1945 as "enemy assets."



  • April 1: The party council of GreenLeft repeals the expulsion of Senate member Sam Pormes. He had been expelled from the party after lying about his involvement in terrorist activities.
  • April 20: Pub owner Thomas van der Bijl is shot dead outside his pub in Amsterdam. According to reports in De Telegraaf, police suspect that Van der Bijl had been involved in a failed smuggle of 30,000 kilo's of narcotics. Van der Bijl was also believed to be a key prosecution witness in the trial against Willem Holleeder.
  • April 24: Medical authorities suspend the permit of the Radboud hospital in Nijmegen, Gelderland to perform heart surgeries, after an investigation reveals that the hospital fails the criteria.




  • July 6: Two Dutch children flee to the Dutch embassy in Damascus, Syria. They had been taken to Syria a few years earlier by their Syrian father. The children wish to be reunited with their Dutch mother, but the father insists on his paternity rights.
  • July 6: The caretaker Third Balkenende cabinet, consisting of CDA and VVD, is formed.
  • July 11: Wilhelm Schippers, who had been sentenced to eight years in prison and forced psychiatric treatment on May 30, commits suicide in prison.
  • July 19: The International Four Days Marches Nijmegen are cancelled on the first day, after two participants die as a result of the intense heat.




  • October 3: Police in Rotterdam show the media the reconstruction of the head of an unknown girl, whose remains had been found in several suitcases in the Meuse river. It turns out to be a 12-year-old girl from Rotterdam called Gessica. Her father is arrested on suspicion of the murder.
  • October 6: The film Black Book, directed by Paul Verhoeven, wins three Golden Calf awards at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht.
  • October 12: Public broadcaster TROS says it considers cancelling the long running game show Lingo. An uproar follows, in which even Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende gets involved.
  • October 13: Five marines are suspended after misbehaviour towards the local population during a training in Karasjok, Norway.
  • October 30: The voting computers for the November 22 general election are disapproved in 35 municipalities.



  • December 1: Eight-year-old Jesse Dingemans of Hoogerheide, North Brabant, is stabbed to death inside his elementary school. A 22-year-old man from the same village is arrested near the school a few hours later on suspicion of the murder.
  • December 1: Alleged Hofstad Network member Samir Azzouz is sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiring to commit a terrorist attack in the Netherlands. Three other suspects receive sentences of three to four years.
  • December 6: Gerdi Verbeet (Labour Party) becomes the new President of the House of Representatives.
  • December 7: TV program Nova reports that Turkish-Dutch politician Fatma Koşer Kaya (D66) has been voted into parliament after a Turkish government officials had sent an e-mail to about 200,000 Dutch citizens of Turkish origin, asking them to vote for her. Koşer Kaya, who refused to speak about the issue of the Armenian Genocide, was sixth on the list of candidates for D66, but received more than enough votes to be elected to parliament directly.
  • December 11: CDA, the Labour Party and the Socialist Party end their negotiations for the formation of a new government.
  • December 12: The House of Representatives passes a motion of censure against Minister for Integration and Immigration Rita Verdonk, who had indicated that she would not honour the motion it had passed on November 30.
  • December 13: Rita Verdonk loses the immigration portfolio after a 10-hour emergency meeting by the cabinet. The portfolio is taken over by Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin. In return, Verdonk receives the responsibility over youth care, prevention and probation.
  • December 20: Herman Wijffels takes over from Rein Jan Hoekstra as the informateur for the new government. Wijffels will assess the possibility of a coalition of CDA, the Labour Party and ChristianUnion.
  • December 22: Sara and Ammar, the two children who had fled to the Dutch embassy in Damascus, Syria on July 6, return to the Netherlands, after representatives of the Dutch government reach an agreement with the Syrian government and with the children's Syrian father.
  • December 24: Three men are arrested on the suspicion of murdering banker Willem Endstra in 2004. The DNA of one of the suspects had been found on the presumed murder weapon.
  • December 30: Talk show host Sonja Barend ends her career during a live show, after 40 years in the business. During the show, Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen announces that Barend has been awarded the title of Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.


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