10 years of DutchNews.nl: stories from the Netherlands that made a splash

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So what have been the biggest stories and features over the years? ‘We have been surprised by the broad range of news stories which have made the top 10 of most-read items,’ says editor Robin Pascoe.

‘Classic Dutch subjects such as cannabis and euthanasia are included of course, but so are Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb’s outspoken views on Isis and sexual abuse within the Catholic church.’

Top news stories in 10 years

More prisons to close as falling crime leaves cells empty

Amsterdam will not ban tourists from cannabis cafes

Dutch to scrap ban on insulting foreign heads of state

Catholic church abuse: at least one youth castrated for ‘homosexuality’

Time is right to wipe out Isis, says Rotterdam’s Muslim mayor

Doctors back euthanasia in severe dementia cases

Ukraine air disaster leaves 295 dead, 154 are Dutch nationals

Green light for driving instructors who accept sex for lessons

More Dutch cities may join basic income experiment

The moment a giraffe says goodbye to a dying zoo worker


Top 10 features

DutchNews.nl has only been publishing features for the past few years, so many of the stories will be familiar to regular readers.

Following in Van Gogh’s footsteps, 10 places where he lived

Suitcase full of secrets found in Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter

Bright sparks: 10 Dutch ideas we wish we had thought of first

10 things you should know about Dutch windmills

10 things you need to know about the end of World War II in the Netherlands

Get off the beaten track. Here are 14 of the prettiest Dutch villages

It’s nearly spring, and Amsterdam is ready to celebrate with 500,000 tulips

Find out if you are a witch: eight weird things to do in the Netherlands

Laura Dekker: stubborn,self-absorbed and a devil of a sailor

10 things you need to know about Easter in the Netherlands