A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications



A visit to the Netherlands’ poorest village, Oude Pekela

A visit to the Netherlands’ poorest village, Oude Pekela

'In Oude Pekela they know one thing for sure: asylum-seekers are no good, ran the headline in De Volkskrant, a Dutch national newspaper, in September. The photograph above the piece showed a large, shaven-headed man with a neck tattoo, Paul Röbbecke, who had founded a 'citizen guard' to defend little Oude Pekela against dangerous foreigners.  More >










Financial firms in talks with Amsterdam over relocation from London

Financial firms in talks with Amsterdam over relocation from London

Amsterdam is in talks with major financial institutions based in the city of London about their imminent relocation to the Dutch capital, but its deputy mayor has warned the national government that the country’s strict cap on bankers’ bonuses could put it at a disadvantage in the Europe-wide scramble to capture Britain’s financial sector.  More >





Sylvana Simons: Racism is accepted in the Netherlands

Sylvana Simons: Racism is accepted in the Netherlands

As the Netherlands gears up for general elections, now two months away, a new political party aims to fight back against the rising tide of Geert Wilders' right-wing populism. Despite receiving a barrage of hate mail and threats, TV-presenter-turned-politician Sylvana Simons will enter the poll on March 15 as leader of Artikel 1.  More >