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




As stolen Van Goghs return to view, a thief tells all

As stolen Van Goghs return to view, a thief tells all

'Some people are born teachers. Some people are born footballers. I’m a born burglar,' says Octave Durham, who stole two priceless Vincent van Gogh paintings on the evening of Dec. 7, 2002. More than 14 years after he and an accomplice clambered onto the roof of the Van Gogh Museum here, broke a window with a sledgehammer and lifted the canvases off the wall, Mr. Durham has finally come clean about his involvement in one of the most infamous postwar art heists.  More >





Why Rotterdam is Europe’s next capital of cool

Why Rotterdam is Europe’s next capital of cool

Rotterdam suffers from a bit from the PR problem known as “second city syndrome”: It often gets overshadowed by its bigger sibling, Amsterdam. But each of the two cities has distinctly positive attributes, not to mention a totally different vibe.  More >




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 >