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



Don’t grow cannabis in winter

Don’t grow cannabis in winter

Dutch cannabis growers learnt a valuable lesson this winter: pay attention to the weather forecast as police will investigate a snow free roof.  More >


Dutch chimps learn to speak Scottish in Edinburgh zoo

Dutch chimps learn to speak Scottish in Edinburgh zoo

When a group of Dutch chimps were moved to Edinburgh, they changed the grunt they used for 'apples' to sound more like locals, Briitsh paper The Mirror said on Friday. The research sheds light on the origin of human language, according to scientists.  More >



Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf stop ready to wear for couture

Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf are stopping producing ready to wear clothing, says Women's Wear Daily.  Instead, the brand intends to focus attentions on its couture and fragrance ranges, with majority shareholder Renzo Rosso calling the move 'a strategic decision to position the Viktor & Rolf brand in the highest luxury segment of fashion'.  More >




After the cat drone the badger submarine

Dutch artist Bart Jansen who surprised the world with his flying cat was offered a dead badger recently, an offer he couldn't refuse. Get ready for the jet-propelled badger submarine, writes the Belfast Telegraph.  More >


Dutch babies trump US peers in laughing, smiling, cuddling

Dutch babies trump US peers in laughing, smiling, cuddling

Rest, regulation and not too much stimulation make for happy Dutch babies, research shows. American babies aren't that lucky. 'A cultural emphasis on cognitive stimulation may lead U.S. infants to be more active and aroused than their Dutch counterparts,' writes science news site EurekAlert, but they also 'demonstrated higher levels of fear, frustration, and sadness.'.  More >



Anton Corbijn – an interview

Anton Corbijn – an interview

Dutch photographer and film director Anton Corbijn on working with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and how his camera made him overcome his shyness.  More >


This Wearable Airbag Protects The Elderly When They Fall

This Wearable Airbag Protects The Elderly When They Fall

An excellent idea: an airbag to protect vulnerable bones. Many elderly people break their hip in a fall and the consequences to their long-term mobility can be dire. The Wolk Company has to iron out some design problems which will make the device easier to wear but it's expected to hit the shops in 2016 at a cost of €400, writes Fast Company.  More >


Geert Wilders: The ‘Prophet’ Who Hates Muhammad

In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo this Newsweek feature on Geert Wilders tracks the the PVV leader's journey from 'fear mongering extremist' to potential prime minister, 'a once unthinkable prospect'.  More >


Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn interviewed by the BBC

Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn interviewed by the BBC

Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn began his career as a music photographer when he saw the Dutch musician Herman Brood playing in a café in Groningen around 1975. Since then he has gone on to have an successful international career in photography and film making. Check out the BBC radio interview.   More >





From Teenage Angst to Jihad

From Teenage Angst to Jihad

Moroccan-Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali describes his own youthful struggle with becoming a European Muslim. Last week's events are down not to a lack of humour or hatred of the West but 'anger gone wrong,' he writes in the New York Times.  More >



Dutch start-up Ayden says payments business will bypass banks

In the largest deal of its kind last, fast-growing payments start-up Ayden BV has  secured $250 million from investors who valued the Amsterdam-based startup at $1.5 billion. And the company expects to benefit no matter who wins in the digital payments battle.  More >