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



Dutch ‘defriended’ as far back as 1626

Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and their ilk, have spawned a host of new jargon. Surprisingly, one of these terms was already in use in 17th century Holland. (more…)  More >


Obama’s men scorn Dutch tactics

At the Netherlands’ military base in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, Obama’s troops are often at odds with the Dutch way of doing things. (more…)  More >


‘Anything is possible’ for Pauw

The Netherlands marked their first major female football finals by reaching the Uefa women's Euro 2009 semi-finals last summer, earning professional contracts. Coach Vera Pauw discusses those feats. (more…)  More >



Pedalling for climate change

The Dutch Union has published in a special English edition of its magazine to coincide with the climate conference in Copenhagen. (more…)  More >


Dutch defense against climate change: Adapt

With the Copenhagen summit starting Monday, chances remain uncertain for a historic breakthrough in the fight to prevent climate change, but the Netherlands is leading a fight of a different kind: How to live with global warming. (more…)  More >


Jiri Kylian, a life in dance

Time: a sunny day in November Place: a quiet street in The Hague Dramatis personae: Jiri Kylian, 62, Czech choreographer and retiring director of Netherlands Dance Theatre; Alistair Spalding, chief executive and artistic director of Sadler’s Wells, London (more…)  More >


Eurobest: Four (m)ad men in Amsterdam

Four Amsterdam-based international creative directors discuss the future of their profession and Amsterdam as a creative capital. ‘The city council is skating on thin ice.’ (more…)  More >


Tracking dogs are major Dutch export product

From the explosives dog sniffing around Barack Obama's car, to the drugs dog discovering a cocaine shipment on the Mexican border, wherever dogs are at work around the world, there is a good chance they came from the Netherlands. (more…)  More >


Amsterdam tries to shed its seedy reputation

The project to turn Amsterdam's centre from Sodom and Gomora into a bourgeois bohemians playground is well underway, but replacing a brothel by a 5-star restaurant is not done overnight. (more…)  More >


World War II food-drop airman, Dutch youth meet 64 years later

In 1945, Bob Lawrence was an Alabama boy turned World War II flyboy. Ruud Veltman was a youngster coming of age in war-weary Amsterdam. That their lives intersected that year was a matter of chance; that they met face-to-face in Greenville more than 60 years later was downright uncanny. (more…)  More >



Red light art

London's National Gallery, home of the nation's Old Masters, is about to exhibit its first contemporary art installation, by recreating a street scene from Amsterdam's Red Light district. (more…)  More >


Dispatch from Drachten

In a nondescript business park on the edge of an obscure Dutch town, a small group of revolutionaries is plotting to change the world. The security agencies have not yet investigated, but the goings-on might be of some interest to the traffic cops (more…)  More >



Dutch ban frees eels, angers fishermen

When Aart van der Waal chose 20 years ago to fish for eel rather than join the legal profession, he didn't expect to be told someday to make a choice between making a living and breaking the law. (more…)  More >


Dutch Seize Bank After Run on Assets

The Dutch central bank shuttered DSB Bank NV, a struggling consumer and mortgage lender, after a run by depositors that followed a call from a consumer group to pull money out of the controversial institution. (more…)  More >



Camels new cash cows for Dutch farmers?

Landscapes don't get much more typically Dutch than the one just outside the southern city of Den Bosch. Vast farmlands, cows, cornfields, a modern farm here and there and the outline of a small village on the horizon. But there's one element that doesn't seem to fit in the picture: a herd of forty camels, quietly grazing in a meadow next to a traditional dairy farm. (more…)  More >