Best 10 Places to Watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Tomorrow, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin- without the Dutch football team. In light of this news, some of the most iconic places in Amsterdam have decided not to continue their tradition of showing the tournament this year. Sadly, among them are Vondelpark3 and Radio 538 Oranjeplein, who showed the tournament in 2014 but will not do so now.

However, if you are a strong supporter of a different team, or simply one of the 3.2 billion viewers that gather every 4 years to watch the World Cup, The Amsterdammer is here to help! We propose 10 places that have confirmed the projection of the games in the Dutch capital.

Strandzuid Amsterdam

Starting from June 14, this place will show the games on the beach! The bar is located next to RAI Amsterdam, which makes it easy to reach. It is unique for its view and concept, which was built as a beach bar. You can enjoy the game while drinking a cold beer on the sand, making the most of those sunny days! For more information, visit their website.

Address: Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam

Amsterdam Roest

Amsterdam Roest is an industrial wasteland that was turned into a man-made beach. Famous among locals, this hidden gem will be displaying every game of this year’s FIFA World Cup. It is the perfect place to have a drink and share with your friends while you’re watching the games.

Address: Jacob Bontiusplaats 1, 1018 LL Amsterdam

Plan B

This billiard club owns 13 pool tables and 3 dartboards. If you’d like to play your own tournament while you drink and enjoy the game, then this is the place for you! They also have a smoking room for those particularly stressful fixtures. They will be displaying every game of this year’s FIFA World Cup. For more information, visit their website.

Address: Overtoom 209B, 1054 HT Amsterdam

Satellite Sports Café

Right at the heart of Leidseplein and neighbour to Amsterdam’s most famous coffeeshop, the Satellite Sports Café projects live sports on a daily basis. For this year’s FIFA World Cup, the café will be showing all the games. For more information, visit their website.

Address: Leidseplein 11, 1017 PS Amsterdam

Coco’s Outback

This Australian pub, located in Rembrandtplein, is famous among tourists and international students. Like Satellite Sports Café, they always project different live sports during the day. This year, you can expect every game to be projected in their screens. For more information, visit their website.

Address: 14, Thorbeckeplein 8, 1017 CS Amsterdam

Belushi’s

Near Dam Square, this bar is famous for having the longest Happy Hour of Amsterdam. During the FIFA World Cup, the games will be projected in 10 flat screen TVs inside and outside the bar! For more information, visit their website.

Address: Warmoesstraat 129, 1012 JA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Big Shots Bar

If you’re looking for a small, chill bar to eat and drink while watching the game, the Big Shots Bar is your best bet. It is located in the Red Light District and has multiple TVs that will be displaying the tournament.

Address: Warmoesstraat 94, 1012 JH Amsterdam

Café De Zeemeeuw

Located at walking distance from Amsterdam Centraal, this Dutch café is famous for its friendly staff. They will be displaying every game of this year’s FIFA World Cup. Visit their website for more information.

Address: Zeedijk 102, 1012 BB Amsterdam

Players Bar

Located right next to the Dam Square, the Players Cafe is a large pub with a capacity of 450 people! Some pool tables are available for the customers and every game will be displayed.

Address: Warmoesstraat 170, Dam Square, 1012 JK Amsterdam

Westergasterras

The Westergasterras is at the heart of Westerpark, and has a terrace with the view of the water. This year, they will only be displaying the games played by the Belgian team on their big screen. They are expecting over 3,000 people, so they are yet to confirm the showcasing of the final.

Address: Klonneplein 4-6, 1014 DD Amsterdam

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Isabel Bonnet is a 21-year-old second-year student in communication science at UvA. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Amsterdammer. Before its creation, she worked as a photo editor at the Independent Florida Alligator and did an internship at Le Monde.

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Everything you always wanted to know about Dutch hospitals* (*But were afraid to ask)

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Slotervaart Hospital, Amsterdam / Stock image

The Dutch healthcare system is the best in Europe, according to the 2017 Euro Health Consumer Index. Is that true? And when it comes to Dutch hospitals, which ones are the best and which are, instead, the ones to avoid?

BovenIJ Ziekenhuis was rated as the best hospital in Amsterdam in 2017, according to the Top 100 Hospital Ranking published by the newspaper AD. AD released a ranking of the 100 best hospitals in the Netherlands based on 36 main criteria, which were selected on guidelines provided by the Healthcare Inspectorate. These include malnutrition, pain measurement, risk of sepsis, and percentage of errors in electronic prescriptions. Four criteria concerned the respect for patients, which were provided by patients’ associations. Every year, all hospitals in the Netherlands are obliged to make their data about provided healthcare quality available. In 2017, the medical association MediQuest collected these data and released statistics, which were employed by AD to elaborate on the ranking. This ranking aims at providing a general overview of Dutch hospitals’ medical quality and health care organization.

The BovenIJ Ziekenhuis gained the first place on the Amsterdam podium. Located in the north of the city, it jumped from position 66 in 2016 to position 10 within the national ranking, with a total score of 82.66 out of 100. The second place is occupied by OLVG Ziekenhuis, which has two locations; one in Amsterdam Oost, another in Nieuw-West. However, in the national ranking, OLVG Ziekenhuis only occupies position 59, with a score of 65.13. OLVG Ziekenhuis is followed by MC Slotervaart in Nieuw-West, which dropped from position 64 in 2016 to position 72, with a score of 51.11. In the national ranking, Rivas Beatrix Ziekenhuis in Gorinchem resulted as the best hospital in the country for the second year in a row, achieving a score of 90.46.

What is the keyword for success in health care? “Specialisation,” said Jon Schaefer to AD, the MediQuest director. If a complicated operation, like pacemaker or prosthesis insertion is not realized very often, it is better to delegate it to a more specialized hospital. Quality standard for medical operations is at least 20 per year. If a hospital does not reach this threshold, it should consider delegating a particular operation to another structure. However, one may wonder, whether this does not contribute to significantly extend waiting times for more specialized hospitals.

AD’s ranking only takes general hospitals that provide standard health care into account. For more specialized problems there are academic hospitals, which work in close contact with major Dutch universities. Amsterdam academic hospitals are the Academisch Medisch Centrum, linked to the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and VU Medisch Centrum, linked to Vrije Universiteit (VU). The third category of Dutch hospitals consists of teaching hospitals, which work with university medical centers to help with the training of nurses and medical interns. In Amsterdam, those are Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis and Sint Lucas Andreas Ziekenhuis.

The Netherlands is the only country to consistently place within the top three spots since 2005. It is followed by Switzerland (2nd), Denmark (3rd), Norway (4th), and Luxembourg (5th). Within this ranking, national health care systems are rated according to six factors: patient rights and information, accessibility (waiting times and treatment), outcomes (for example cancer survival, infant deaths, and depression), range and reach of services provided, prevention, and access to pharmaceuticals.

Is this ranking reliable? Does it provide a real overview of the quality of European national health care systems? When reading the report of the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI), produced by the Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP), the following is stated: “Normally, the HCP takes care to state that the EHCI is limited to measuring the “consumer friendliness” of healthcare systems, i.e. does not claim to measure which European state has the best healthcare system across the board.” The Global Prosperity Index, created by the London-based research institute Legatum, is a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world. One of the big components of the ranking, is how healthy a country’s people are. Health is measured by three factors: a country’s basic mental and physical health, health infrastructure, and the availability of preventative care. In this ranking, Netherlands is 6th among European countries. The podium is left to Luxembourg (1st), Switzerland (2nd), and Austria (3rd).

Metro Reporter, Fall 2018

Moving to Amsterdam: A Furniture Guide Survival

You have officially been accepted to the University of Amsterdam and you have found yourself moving to the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Besides getting used to biking around the city and buying a heavy duty raincoat for those gloomy wet days in the city, you are probably faced with the challenge of moving into a new space. Whether you come from a nearby European country or halfway across the world, you might find yur lost in the simple task of finding the resources to help you move smoothly and turn your new house –or probably a room– into your very own home.

Our reporter Irma Krimelyte, a self-proclaimed specialist of moving on a poor student’s budget, presents her the furniture guide survival.

 

Obtaining cost-effective furniture

To start off with the basics, the question of where to acquire cost-effective furniture has a universal answer: IKEA, the paradise of budget shoppers. Amsterdam has one IKEA store located in the Zuid-Oost (Southeast) part of the city. It is easily accessible by metro as well as a bike. The store, like any of the chain’s branches, is filled with affordable modernist Scandinavian designed furniture. Some of the perfect pieces for your home might include a bed frame, dresser, or a minimalist dining table. The furniture can be purchased in store as well as delivered to your home for a fee. If you’re the crafty type, the furniture can be assembled with the aid of a drill, or IKEA’s very own assembly service. As well as having an array of furniture, IKEA also has a quite a variety of sleek tableware.

 

Decoration: Make it your priority

For most of you newcomers, decorating might not be on the top of the list of priorities when moving into a new space. However, isn’t it important to create a space where you feel comfortable to come home to after a hard day of mental labor? In my experience, it is not necessary to splurge your limited cash in the specialized decoration shops of Amsterdam. Of course, if your budget permits, there are numerous concept and antique stores carrying unique pieces. However, if you’re on a tight or student budget, my favorite store for décor pieces is Xenos. “Xenos”, translated from Greek, means “foreigner” or “guest”, which might appeal to the high expat population of Amsterdam. The store chain specializes in diverse goods: anything from kitschy mirrors and fun wall decorations, to fuzzy doormats and colorful lighting. The feel of the store is cozy, with pieces specializing in a woodsy concept. Personally, I have found a mirror and multiple small decorations to liven up my humble abode.

 

Grocery shopping

Ultimately, no home would be complete without daily amenities. Simple things like shampoo or laundry detergent can be found in any grocery store like Albert Heijn or Lidl. However, if you’re looking for a broom or a dishrack, ACTION will satisfy most of your needs. It is a discount store known for selling affordable everyday products. You can also find food or cooking tools in the store.

Like a mama bird sending off her baby birds from the nest, I hope that I’ve taught you enough to conquer the mission of moving in, or to Amsterdam. Now, all that remains for you is to go out and enjoy the unique fun that Amsterdam has to offer, and most importantly: your new-found home.

Contributing Writer, Spring 2018