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

City beaches in Amsterdam

Yeah! It’s summer! And what’s better than to go to the beach. We can of course go to Bloemendaal, Zandvoort or Wijk aan Zee driving when feel like a beach day. But in Amsterdam you will find a number of city beaches, where it’s also great to relax!  More >

My kind of place: Utrecht

Few cities are as strongly defined by a single mode of transport as Utrecht. Bicycles are chained to every metal railing or lamp post; cycle lanes swarm with pedal power at all hours of the day.  More >

A Dutch Belgian design showdown

Design Derby: Netherlands-Belgium (1825-2015), an exhibition at Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen here, seeks to compare Dutch design in the past 200 years with that of its Belgian neighbours (and occasional rivals).  More >

A Matisse comes home, with friends

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam owns perhaps the most impressive “cut-out” that Henri Matisse created: “The Parakeet and the Mermaid” (1952). The work on paper, which measures about 12 feet by 25 feet, is a jewel in the museum’s permanent collection, taking pride of place in its Hall of Honor at the top of the grand central stairway.  More >

Dutch company plans to 3D-print a metal bridge in Amsterdam

Dutch company plans to 3D-print a metal bridge in Amsterdam

Amsterdam-based startup MX3D boasts the tagline 'Printing outside the box' on its home page, and its recently announced bridge project certainly complies. The company is planning to 3D-print an “intricate, ornate metal bridge” over a canal in Amsterdam.  More >

One year, a century of Dutch birthdays

For Ilvy Njiokiktjien, a stint as the Dutch national photographer turned into a never-ending party. Given the task in 2013 of exploring the theme of Family, she wondered about the moments that united extended clans. I thought of times when you see your relatives: funerals and birthdays,' she said. 'The latter seemed more fun, and appropriate.'  More >

Dutch ‘paddy power’ pulls electricity from rice fields

Dutch ‘paddy power’ pulls electricity from rice fields

Dutch scientists have developed a revolutionary system that could one day help isolated villages around the world steadily generate electricity from mundane water-logged plants such as rice growing in paddy fields. The system is based on the principle that plants produce more energy than they need.  More >

Bringing a Complex Opera to Heel

Bringing a Complex Opera to Heel

The Dutch National Opera is performing Alban Berg's Lulu. Is it a battle between the sexes in which the balance of power shifts from the man to the woman, or is it a 'narrative of exploitation'?  More >

‘Anton Corbijn: Capturing the Mood of the Music

‘Anton Corbijn: Capturing the Mood of the Music

Iconic Dutch photographer and film maker Anton Corbijn inhabits the skin of some of his most famous sitters in his home town of Strijen in an attempt to show the complex relationship between a photographer and his subject.    More >

The case for starting sex education in kindergarten

'By law, all primary school students in the Netherlands must receive some form of sexuality education. The system allows for flexibility in how it’s taught. But it must address certain core principles — among them, sexual diversity and sexual assertiveness.'So does the way Dutch schools teach their children about sex set  an example? , asks PBS Newshour.  More >

Resettle Guantanamo Detainees in the Netherlands

The Netherlands may offer refuge to former Guantanamo detainees. 'If the Netherlands—indeed, any country—can do something to help put an end to this unjust situation, it should. Such a move would be in line with the Netherlands’ strong tradition of humanitarianism,' writes Human Rights Watch's Laura Pitter  More >