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


With hatred in my heart #Charlie Hebdo

American writer and journalist Robert Chesal admits to feeling hatred when he heard about the murder of Charlie Hebdo staff by terrorists. 'We watch the news and see our world threatened by a cycle of religious intolerance spinning out of control. Hatred is frightening,' he writes in a new blog post.  More >


Inside Amsterdam’s efforts to become a smart city

The Netherlands capital is on a mission to turn itself into the smartest city in the world. And alliances with universities and Dutch companies are turning the city into a futuristic tech hub, writes the Kernel. Amsterdam wants to be smarter than you. And it’s well on its way.  More >



Christmas in Argentina for the Dutch royal family

King Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and their three daughters are spending Christmas in Argentina. They took time out from visiting Maxima's sick father to pose for photographers in their traditional family photo shoot.  More >


This Dutch hamburger is made from weed man… seaweed

This Dutch hamburger is made from weed man… seaweed

Despite what its name might imply, the Dutch Weed Burger won't get you high. The burger is made from Dutch-grown seaweed, and the entrepreneurs behind it are hoping that it will help kickstart a new type of sustainable agriculture—seagriculture—in the Netherlands.  More >






Iris Van Herpen and ‘a Different Way of Thinking’

Iris Van Herpen and ‘a Different Way of Thinking’

Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s creations incorporate elements of art, music, ballet, science, philosophy, printing, sculpture, computer technology, engineering, architecture and photography, says the New York Times. 'I do research that takes longer than making the collection,' she says.  More >


A retirement home for students

A retirement home for students

Students live rent free but there's a condition: they must spend at least 30 hours a month helping and entertaining their elderly neighbours. A small-scale experiment in a retirement home in the Dutch town of Deventer is yielding good results, writes the Medical Press.  More >


Dutch plant turns river and sea into electricity

Dutch engineers are pioneering 'Blue energy', a source of renewable energy which harnesses the power produced by the salinety of water sources. The new test facility on the Afsluitdijk can generate some 50 megawatts of carbon dioxide free energy, enough to power 100 homes, writes CBS News.  More >






Top 10 bars and clubs in Amsterdam

Top 10 bars and clubs in Amsterdam

Hip and happening places in Amsterdam, with Trouw in the number one spot. Old favourites like De Melkweg and Paradiso are included too.  More >