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


Dutch ISAF troops ‘failing’ in Afghanistan

Unease about Dutch involvement in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan is steadily growing in the Netherlands and the director of a Dutch aid organisation has warned that the mission may be doing more harm than good. (more…)  More >


Why Dutch women don’t get depressed

French women, says a recent bestseller, don't get fat. Japanese women, says another, don't get old or fat. But their sisters in the Netherlands may have one up on both of them. (more…)  More >



The Dutch immigration pendulum

The Netherlands has a long history of being a haven for people fleeing persecution. But it was only after the Second World War that large numbers of foreigners started arriving in Holland. Today over five percent of Dutch society is of foreign origin. (more…)  More >


Dutch missing out on UN pie

The United Nations is big business - its various organisations spend billions a year on goods and services provided by international companies. But Dutch businesses haven't had much luck in getting a share of those billions - in 2005, the Netherlands was 19th on the list of countries doing business with the UN. (more…)  More >



Miller in Holland is grinding for Dutch certification

The black Dutch cap that is faded to a deep purple and coated with a flour patina hides Alisa Crawford's long, blonde hair. She has lost her fear of heights as she regularly climbs 40-foot windmill blades to set the sails of Holland's windmill. (more…)  More >


Dutch Rub-Out: Wolfowitz and the World Bank’s Euro-cabal.

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz faces an "ad hoc committee" investigating his alleged ethics violations today, but it seems the committee has reached its conclusions even before he has a chance to defend himself. This fits the pattern of what is ever more clearly a Euro-railroad job. (more…)  More >


Dutchman’s Noah’s Ark opens doors

A half-sized replica of the biblical Noah's Ark has been built by a Dutch man, complete with model animals. Dutch creationist Johan Huibers built the ark as testament to his literal belief in the Bible. (more…)  More >


Right said Fred, let’s go Dutch

It was a rare setback for Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin when ABN Amro snubbed his consortium's bid for the bank. But the straight talker from Paisley will not stand by and watch Barclays take the prize. (more…)  More >



Muslim women glad Hirsi Ali quit Netherlands

For three years Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali galvanised the Dutch society with a frank account of her traumatic past and her conviction that Islam is a violent, misogynous religion. (more…)  More >





Midwives central to Dutch belief home is best

At an antenatal class in south-east Amsterdam, Petra de Buins tries to persuade her students of the advantages of home birth. Home is more comfortable than hospital, where the tense atmosphere can prolong labour, she says. "It's like finding yourself wanting to do a number two at a motorway service station but being put off until later because of the state of the toilets." (more…)  More >


Barclays CEO, Dutch cenbank chief talk about ABN

Dutch central bank governor Nout Wellink said on Thursday that he spoke several times with Barclays Plc Chief Executive John Varley about the British bank's merger talks with Dutch bank ABN AMRO. (more…)  More >


Dutch Soldiers Stress Restraint in Afghanistan

QALA-E-SURKH, Afghanistan — The Dutch infantrymen stood on a ridge near the Baluchi Valley, an area in south-central Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban and tribes opposed to the central government. (more…)  More >


Land of the Giants: Dutch Tower over Americans

When you think tall, you probably think America. Tallest buildings. Tallest athletes. Tallest population. But no longer. Today, to find the world's tallest people, you have to look beyond the windmills, wooden shoes, and wheels of cheese … to tiny Holland. (more…)  More >


US filmmakers silent on Dutch director’s death

It is a particularly hateful comment on the state of American cinema that one of the most egregious examples of Islamofacism since the unspeakable events of 9-11 has gone virtually unacknowledged by the filmmaking community. (more…)  More >