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


Dutch seek islands to combat rising sea threat

Dutch water industry experts on Monday backed proposals to build several off-shore islands to protect the nation's coast, much of which lies below sea-level, from rising seas caused by global warming. (more…)  More >


When having a baby, it pays to go Dutch

'The Dutch approach to childbirth has proved relaxed and liberating,' says a Times Online journalist. 'Two years ago I gave birth in Amsterdam. Pelham, my son, was born in hospital at 4:25am. By 7am my husband, Paul, had got us back to our flat. I rang a nursing agency that I had chosen, and our state-subsidised maternity nurse was at our door within the hour....' (more…)  More >


Holloway Mom: Dutch Student Not Innocent

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Secret camera footage of a Dutch student saying he believed missing teenager Natalee Holloway was dead and asking a friend to dump her body at sea in Aruba proves he is not innocent, her mother said in an interview Monday. (more…)  More >


Dutch mayor sounds warning on intolerance

Fear and suspicion among ethnic groups in the Netherlands are at a postwar peak, according to Job Cohen. Amsterdam’s leftwing mayor blames Geert Wilders, the anti-immigration MP, for fuelling the tension. (more…)  More >


Dutch Queen’s 70th birthday fuels abdication talk

Dutch Queen Beatrix turns 70 on Thursday, prompting speculation she is preparing to abdicate and hand the throne to her son Prince Willem-Alexander just as her mother did on her birthday 28 years ago. (more…)  More >


Dutch dig farmer-seeks-wife show

There is no sex, no scandal, no sniping and no foul language, but a new Dutch reality show is getting ratings TV bosses dream of, with a quarter of the country glued to their television sets. (more…)  More >


Dutch film about Koran could spark new clash

Uh-oh... The clash of civilizations may fire up again with the possible release of a short film by an ultra-rightwing member of Holland's parliament who has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf." (more…)  More >


Dutch Fashion Shops Open in Ex-Brothels

Instead of selling sex, Amsterdam is trying to sell sexy. The city unveiled its "Red Light Fashion" project on Saturday, having converted 16 buildings that used to house prostitutes in the city's ancient red light district into studios for young fashion designers. (more…)  More >





Protests halt Dutch science park

A Dutch council has condemned a campaign of harassment by animal rights protesters which forced a developer to withdraw from a science park project. (more…)  More >


Dutch get uneasy about liberty

In the Netherlands, the mood has shifted away from its famously broad tolerance and permissiveness, bringing about curbs on drugs and prostitution. (more…)  More >


Learning Dutch lessons on teen pregnancy

Holland has the lowest rate of children born to teenage mothers across Western Europe - six times lower than Britain's statistics at the opposite end of the league table. (more…)  More >


Dutch Christian party wins gender rights row

The Netherlands' oldest political party is celebrating an unusual victory -- the right to receive state funding while continuing to bar women from standing as candidates. (more…)  More >




Dutch schools link-up is a sign of the global times

Business schools have long had loose affiliations with each other via joint programmes or faculty and student exchanges. But earlier this year, six of the Netherlands’ leading schools decided to go a step further. (more…)  More >


Dutch Consider New Ways of Holding Back the Waters

With over half of its population living below sea level, the Netherlands is particularly at risk from the effects of climate change. One new idea is to build an island in the North Sea -- in the shape of a Tulip. (more…)  More >