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


Wreck of 17th-century Dutch warship discovered

Wreck of 17th-century Dutch warship discovered

Marine archeologists have discovered what is thought to be the Dutch 17th-century warship Huis de Kreuningen off the coast of Tobago. The ship is one of 14 that were sunk during a battle between the Dutch and French and so far it is the only one to have been located.  More >


Provocateur’s death haunts the Dutch

Provocateur’s death haunts the Dutch

Ten years ago controversial fim maker Theo van Gogh met his death at the hands of a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim fanatic. NYT asks what effect the  murder has had on the cultural community in the Netherlands.  More >


Dutch world and Olympic cycling champion Marianne Vos

Dutch world and Olympic cycling champion Marianne Vos

She's a winner. Cycling website Road.cc interviews Dutch cycling superstar Marianne Vos, whom, it says, has a strong claim on being the best cyclist in the world. And her piercing eyes are the first thing you notice about her.  More >


Talking art with David Byrne in Amsterdam

Talking art with David Byrne in Amsterdam

Remember Talking Heads? David Byrne has just been to Amsterdam and had an unexpected history lesson at the Rijksmuseum. Centuries ago, he says, pictures were things for the Dutch to cherish, even for the middle class.  More >


Praise for Dutch Angels in America

Praise for Dutch Angels in America

Praise in the New York Times for Ivo van Hove’s 'majestically naked' adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Even though the performance was in Dutch, 'those of us lucky enough to see this production seem fated to feel its afterglow for a long time,' writes critic Ben Brantley.  More >


The Dutch highway that glows like a jellyfish

The Dutch highway that glows like a jellyfish

On a 500-meter stretch of highway outside Oss — a city about an hour south of Amsterdam — there’s no need for street lights to illuminate the road. The Washington Post looks at a remarkable Dutch invention.   More >


Inside Afrojack’s car collection

Inside Afrojack’s car collection

Dutch DJ Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack, has quite a collection of cars. Forbes magazine goes for a spin. 'It’s like being on a monorail,' says Afrojack of his Rolls-Royce (he also owns a yellow Ferrari 458 and a black Audi RS6, both of which boast top speeds in excess of 200mph).   More >


How Rembrandt dressed his women for death

How Rembrandt dressed his women for death

Simon Schama takes a closer look at two studies in sexual tragedy painted in the very last years of the great master's life in this fascinating feature from the Guardian. It all dates back to October 1662 when Rembrandt sold his wife Saskia's grave.  More >


No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

Imagine a place where pensions were not an ever-deepening quagmire, where the numbers told the whole story and where workers could count on a decent retirement. The New York Times looks at the Dutch pension system.    More >


Going Dutch: Sharing Economy Turns Student Project Into A Global Business

Going Dutch: Sharing Economy Turns Student Project Into A Global Business

It’s largely thanks to Airbnb’s pioneering efforts that sub-letting spare room space with total strangers is now considered the norm in many parts of the world. Now Dutch student-turned-entrepreneur Niels van Deuren has turned his experience of struggling to find accommodation for an overseas study exchange into a global enterprise.    More >


How many Rembrandts are there?

How many Rembrandts are there?

The Netherlands-based Rembrandt Research Project has issued a final volume that says 70 paintings, many of them attributed to Rembrandt followers, are by the master. Are there suddenly dozens more genuine Rembrandts in the world? asks the Wall Street Journal?  More >



Marlene Dumas show at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam

Marlene Dumas show at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam

A retrospective of work at Amsterdam's Stedelijk museum by South-African born artist Marlene Dumas gives reason to why she is perhaps the world’s most interesting figure painter, according to the Financial Times.  More >


Superdutch goes supersized in psychedelic marketplace

Superdutch goes supersized in psychedelic marketplace

Rotterdam’s new €175m market hall comes complete with apartments looping over it – some peeping out of giant avocado stones. It’s proudly pop, but is it just the Comic Sans of architecture? asks the Guardian newspaper.  More >


Dutch designer creates lamp powered by octopus bacteria

Dutch designer creates lamp powered by octopus bacteria

Stunning bioluminescence in the sea influenced a Dutch designer so much that she created a lamp whose light is powered by octopus bacteria. Teresa van Dongen tells the Independent she was inspired by micro-organisms in seawater that glow every time a wave provides them with oxygen.    More >


The Scot who liberated a Dutch town on a bicycle

The Scot who liberated a Dutch town on a bicycle

A Scottish Second World War veteran tells the Scotsman newspaper about the time he liberated a Dutch town by bike. He was part of the Inns Court regiment, nicknamed the Devils Own, which was sent to the Netherlands during a critical stage in the conflict in 1944.    More >


The Dutch garden where tulip bulbs live forever

The Dutch garden where tulip bulbs live forever

Why is Hortus Bulborum not better known? asks the Telegraaf.  It is, the paper says, quite simply one of the most exciting gardens in the Netherlands – perhaps in all Europe – and, as its name suggests, it is entirely devoted to the conservation of historic bulb varieties.  More >



A Dutch town honors US soldiers’ wartime bravery

A Dutch town honors US soldiers’ wartime bravery

When Henny Meijer was 2 years old, his hometown was liberated by American soldiers. Hearing the commotion on the street, his 8-year-old brother ran to greet them with a neighbour — a woman who was handing the Americans orange flowers — when a soldier threw himself on the boy.  More >


Reuters: Startups go Dutch for new era in manufacturing

(Reuters) - Beneath the low beams of a converted warehouse in Amsterdam lives a company with many of the attributes of a Silicon Valley startup, except that at less than a year old it has zero venture capital and says it is already making enough money to sustain itself. (more…)  More >