1980 in the Netherlands

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This article lists some of the events from 1980 related to the Netherlands.





  • 29: Vondelstraat Riots: In Amsterdam squatter riots break out when the police tries to remove squatters from their premise at the Vondelstraat. Street brawls go on for several days.


  • 3: The army removes barricades after the mayor of Amsterdam assigns them to reconquer the Vondelstraat from the squatters.
  • 4: Herman Bodde utters the famous words: Do we want to go to the Dam? Than we will go to the Dam. This happened during a laborers manifestation at the RAI complex in Amsterdam-South, the venue was moved there out of fear of squatter riots.
  • 17: The Mobil unit ends the blockade at the Borsele nuclear plant.
  • 19: King Juan Carlos of Spain arrives in the Netherlands for a state visit lasting 3 days. This was the first visit of a Spanish monarch on Dutch soil since Philip II of Spain in 1559.


  • 1: The NOS officially begins airing Teletext
  • 3: It's officially announced in Lekkerkerk that new residential neighborhood Lekkerkerk-West is built on a chemic waste dumping site. The 270 residing families are evacuated and temporarily housed else where, after which the ground underneath the houses is dug up and sanitized.
  • 21: The first angioplasty treatment takes place at the Saint Antonius Hospital in Utrecht.
  • 30: The abdication of Queen Juliana in favor of her oldest daughter Beatrix. The inauguration of Beatrix as Queen of the Netherlands is marred by large riots known as the Kroningsoproer (see Amsterdam coronation riots).


  • 8: In urban and regional public transportation strip tickets are implemented as part of the national tariff system.






11: A merger meeting between the ARP, CHU and KVP results in the new political party CDA.




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