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


StartupDelta: the robotic birds are coming

StartupDelta: the robotic birds are coming

StartupDelta is a platform for brand new Dutch companies. In the first of a series journalist Jonathan Marks talks about putting one over on birds with Nico Neijenhuis, ceo of Clear Flight Solutions.  More >


Miffy is hanging with Matisse at the Rijksmuseum

Miffy is hanging with Matisse at the Rijksmuseum

Miffy creator Dick Bruna was inspired by the simplicity and purity of form he saw in Matisse. Now the inscrutible rabbit hangs side by side with the French master in the Rijksmuseum, ABC reports.  More >




Artifacts from Crimean Museums Are Held Hostage by Politics

Artifacts from Crimean Museums Are Held Hostage by Politics

A year after it showed some rare art from Crimean museums the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam is faced with the question of who to give it back to. 'Should the collection go back to Crimea, which would essentially deliver it into Russian hands? Or should it go to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, which owned the collection at the time of the display?', NYT asks  More >






“Selfies” of the 17th century highlighted in Dutch exhibition

“Selfies” of the 17th century highlighted in Dutch exhibition

Self-portraits are, of course, not 'selfies'. They are much more interesting and intelligent. And there wasn't a selfie stick in sight. Don't take a selfie with a 'selfie from the 17th century', just admire. From October 8 until January 3 In the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Daily Mail reports.  More >



What the Dutch can teach us about sex education

What the Dutch can teach us about sex education

On the first day of kindergarten, my little boy came home rattling off names of new friends. But there was one name — a girl’s name — that he said with a different, softer tone. With a sweeter smile.  More >


Students move in with residents in Dutch nursing home

What do you do when you’re stuck in student housing and are fed-up of the noise and poor conditions? Call-up your local nursing home, of course. That’s exactly what one Dutch student, Onno Selbach, did when the student halls at his university in the city of Deventer, Netherlands, became too much.   More >



St. Peter’s in the Polder

St. Peter’s in the Polder

It is one of the most surreal sights of the Netherlands. A copy of the St. Peter’s Basilica that out of nowhere raises itself high above the flat countryside surrounding the rural village of Oudenbosch.  More >


Why the Dutch oppose windmills

During its 17th-century golden age, the Netherlands was the world's most enthusiastic exploiter of wind technology. Over 10,000 windmills dotted the landscape; the city walls of Amsterdam were crowned with a row of them.  More >




City beaches in Amsterdam

Yeah! It’s summer! And what’s better than to go to the beach. We can of course go to Bloemendaal, Zandvoort or Wijk aan Zee driving when feel like a beach day. But in Amsterdam you will find a number of city beaches, where it’s also great to relax!  More >


My kind of place: Utrecht

Few cities are as strongly defined by a single mode of transport as Utrecht. Bicycles are chained to every metal railing or lamp post; cycle lanes swarm with pedal power at all hours of the day.  More >