Washington Post: As US states allow pot sales, Dutch reverse course
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — A young man at a bus stop hisses at a passer-by: “What you looking for ... marijuana?” It’s a scene of street peddling that the Netherlands hoped to stamp out in the 1970s when it launched a policy of tolerating “coffee shops” where people could buy and smoke pot freely.
The Dutch revolution in journalism
Blendle is a small journalism startup from The Netherlands. Recently, we (two 27-year old founders) got all the major newspapers and magazines in the country to start a revolutionary experiment.
The Economist: Dutch skaters on Russian ice
Saturday afternoon presented a typical scene at the local skating rink in Haarlem: a synchronised peloton of long-limbed Dutch Mercuries, aged 15 to 70, whipping around the inner lane of the regulation 400-metre (1,312 feet) circuit, while a couple hundred of us clumsy mortals straggled along the periphery.
AP: Prostitute museum opens in Amsterdam
On any given evening, thousands of tourists stroll down the narrow canal-side streets of Amsterdam's famed Red Light District, gawking at ladies in lingerie who work behind windows, making a living selling sex for money.
An MBA is not a degree
An MBA is an integral part of ongoing personal development, not just a piece of paper, says Christo Nel of Nyenrode Business Universiteit.(Sponsored feature)
NYT: A Dutch Jihadist in Syria Speaks, and Blogs
Last summer, a Dutch public television producer scanning the Internet for information on foreign fighters in Syria stumbled on something he had never seen before: Instagram photos of a man wearing the uniform of the Royal Netherlands Army who appeared to be fighting alongside Islamist rebels against government forces.
Huff Post: A shaggy dog story
Guide dogs aren't only for people who have difficulty seeing, they're also for those "who have seen too much." That's the premise illustrated in a powerful new ad from the Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation, a nonprofit in the Netherlands that trains and places assistance dogs where they're needed
10 politicians who made a difference
With both local and European elections taking place this spring, the Netherlands by Numbers has drawn up a list of 10 Dutch politicians who made a difference.
Video: Amsterdammers are happy
Amsterdammers put together their version of Pharrell William's Happy. At 47 minutes, it is not quite as long as the original.
BBC: Amsterdam alcoholics paid in beer for collecting litter
Alcoholics are being paid in beer to clean the streets of Amsterdam as part of a project partly funded by the Dutch government - the organisers think other countries should abandon "old-fashioned political correctness" and adopt the same approach.
New York Times: Russell Shorto's Amsterdam
The Dutch in the 17th century, Russell Shorto informs us at a characteristic moment in “Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City,” were on their way to becoming “the greatest shipping nation the world had ever seen.
The best of 2013
Blog Netherlands by Numbers has compiled a list of this December's 'best of 2013' awards.
BBC: Geert Wilders sees European elections chance
It is easy to forget sitting in an elegant meeting room in the Dutch parliament that, to many people, Geert Wilders is an outcast, a politician beyond the mainstream. And then there are the reminders.
Friends in low places
Is it easy to make new friends in the Netherlands? Here are suggestions from people who’ve already done it.
Daily Mail: Mystery of Vermeer's masterpieces solved
Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer was revered for his strikingly realistic 17th century paintings because they were able to capture light and detail like never before.
Yet in 2006 fellow artist David Hockney stirred up controversy by claiming Vermeer was only able to paint this well because he used a lens and mirror contraption – similar to a camera obscura.
NYT: Wired: Putting a Writer and Readers to a Test
Writers working on new books often complain about the pressure. But on a recent evening, the Dutch novelist Arnon Grunberg was sitting at a cluttered desk in his shoe-box apartment in Midtown Manhattan, with more reason to kvetch than most.