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



The case for starting sex education in kindergarten

'By law, all primary school students in the Netherlands must receive some form of sexuality education. The system allows for flexibility in how it’s taught. But it must address certain core principles — among them, sexual diversity and sexual assertiveness.'So does the way Dutch schools teach their children about sex set  an example? , asks PBS Newshour.  More >


Resettle Guantanamo Detainees in the Netherlands

The Netherlands may offer refuge to former Guantanamo detainees. 'If the Netherlands—indeed, any country—can do something to help put an end to this unjust situation, it should. Such a move would be in line with the Netherlands’ strong tradition of humanitarianism,' writes Human Rights Watch's Laura Pitter  More >



The tao of Paul Polman

The tao of Paul Polman

Unilever's CEO Paul Polman tells the Washington Post why he is ashamed of his pay (some €10 million), why sustainability matters and how he would never be hired today with the qualifications he had a as a young man.  More >


Winning at Life: Five Ways the Dutch Do It Better

Winning at Life: Five Ways the Dutch Do It Better

The Dutch are happy. Why? According to Mihal Greener in the Huffington Post there are five factors that help keep a smile on their faces, one of which is having a healthy work/life balance.  That, and plenty of great snack food to get them through the rainy winter months.  More >



StartupDelta: Holland’s Alternative to Silicon Valley

StartupDelta: Holland’s Alternative to Silicon Valley

Although much remains to be done to make life easier for young entrepreneurs  (see Vermeend & vd Ploeg 'Catch those job killers' on this site) the Netherlands seems to be determined to belong to the top three of startup cities in Europe, writes Forbes.  More >












TravelBird is a European scale-up to watch

Backed by the brothers who founded Rocket Internet, Dutch travel booking website TravelBird has grown immensely in the five years since its founding. It has 650 staff, €95 million annual turnover, and just getting started.  More >