Coronavirus in the Netherlands: what you need to know

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We’ve collected our main articles about coronavirus in the Netherlands into one place, to make it easier for you to find the information you need. You can also search using the corona tag in the news menu bar.

And do please feel free to share your questions, comments and ideas with us so we can continue to do what we can as a news organisation to help members of our community.

Main news and official measures

Statistics show lockdowns are slowing rate of infection
An analysis of statistical trends and explanation of the Dutch situation.

Fees, housing and research constraints hit international students
International students tell us about their problems, plus resources for help.

Government statement on March 31
The government has decided to extend the ‘intelligent lockdown’ in the Netherlands until April 28, at least.

Coronavirus will cause a recession
Government think-tank looks at four scenarios for the impact of coronavirus on the Dutch economy

Coronavirus in the Netherlands: new government measures (March 23)
News of the introduction of fines for people who do not stick to the 1.5 metre distance rule, and other measures.

We need to trust in the experts, says Dutch king
The king made a rare televised speech to the national calling on people to work together to overcome corona.

Group immunity is not the main aim of Dutch measures, says health chief
The head of the Dutch public health institute explains why the Netherlands has not yet gone for a total lockdown.

We are aiming for maximum control of coronavirus, prime minister says
Mark Rutte’s speech to the nation, outlining the Dutch approach and calling on peole to take care of each other.

Ministers unveil package to save jobs, incomes and companies
Details of the government’s multi billion euro package to boost the economy, including links to official explanations in English.

Official sources of information for businesses
A round-up of government and trade group advice and information.

Advice and survival tips

Coronavirus and your tax affairs: what you need to know
A round-up of the measures the government has taken to help companies and private individuals cope with the impact of corona on their tax liabilities.

Set up webshop and get your company running again
A 24-hour service to set up an online retail package (sponsored)

Coronavirus and learning Dutch at home: make the most of it
Leading language teachers recommend how to make the most of your time to pick up the language remotely.

Coronavirus and your rights: hotel and holiday bookings
A brief look at the main issues affecting consumers who have booked hotels and other events which have to be cancelled.

Coronavirus and home schooling: tribulations and tips
One mother’s view on teaching her kids at home, plus some tips for making home schooling easier.

From starred restaurants to beer: food firms get creative
A round up of initiatives to help restaurants and bars keep ticking over because they are now forced to close.

Locals get corona creative: here’s how
Ideas of how you can help the local community and make sure small businesses survive.

What to do when you are self-isolating: tips
Beef up your cooking, do the garden and binge watch tv? There is more to do than that.

Coronavirus in the Netherlands: more of your questions answered
Can I walk the dog, should I cancel my birthday and where can I find out official government information.

Coronavirus and your rights at work: questions and answers
Lawyers from GMW on your rights as a worker with regard to working from home and holiday pay.

Coronavirus and the housing market: questions and answers
Henk Jansen from Expat Mortgages answers questions about whether now is the right time to buy a house.

Coronavirus and children: how to combat anxiety
Tips about talking to children about coronavirus, and to keep them calm, by Rhiannon Phillips-Bianco of the British School in the Netherlands

Other information sources

Turkish, Polish, Chinese or German? Other language Dutch news
A round up of other language sources of Dutch news, including coverage of the coronavirus crisis.

Official sources of information in English
The public health institute RIVM carries a daily update: website
The government’s English language site has some information: website
The Netherlands foreign investment agency info: website
Amsterdam city council information: website (various languages)
The Hague city council information: website

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