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


Geert Wilders: The ‘Prophet’ Who Hates Muhammad

In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo this Newsweek feature on Geert Wilders tracks the the PVV leader's journey from 'fear mongering extremist' to potential prime minister, 'a once unthinkable prospect'.  More >


Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn interviewed by the BBC

Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn interviewed by the BBC

Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn began his career as a music photographer when he saw the Dutch musician Herman Brood playing in a café in Groningen around 1975. Since then he has gone on to have an successful international career in photography and film making. Check out the BBC radio interview.   More >





From Teenage Angst to Jihad

From Teenage Angst to Jihad

Moroccan-Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali describes his own youthful struggle with becoming a European Muslim. Last week's events are down not to a lack of humour or hatred of the West but 'anger gone wrong,' he writes in the New York Times.  More >



Dutch start-up Ayden says payments business will bypass banks

In the largest deal of its kind last, fast-growing payments start-up Ayden BV has  secured $250 million from investors who valued the Amsterdam-based startup at $1.5 billion. And the company expects to benefit no matter who wins in the digital payments battle.  More >


With hatred in my heart #Charlie Hebdo

American writer and journalist Robert Chesal admits to feeling hatred when he heard about the murder of Charlie Hebdo staff by terrorists. 'We watch the news and see our world threatened by a cycle of religious intolerance spinning out of control. Hatred is frightening,' he writes in a new blog post.  More >


Inside Amsterdam’s efforts to become a smart city

The Netherlands capital is on a mission to turn itself into the smartest city in the world. And alliances with universities and Dutch companies are turning the city into a futuristic tech hub, writes the Kernel. Amsterdam wants to be smarter than you. And it’s well on its way.  More >



Christmas in Argentina for the Dutch royal family

King Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and their three daughters are spending Christmas in Argentina. They took time out from visiting Maxima's sick father to pose for photographers in their traditional family photo shoot.  More >


This Dutch hamburger is made from weed man… seaweed

This Dutch hamburger is made from weed man… seaweed

Despite what its name might imply, the Dutch Weed Burger won't get you high. The burger is made from Dutch-grown seaweed, and the entrepreneurs behind it are hoping that it will help kickstart a new type of sustainable agriculture—seagriculture—in the Netherlands.  More >






Iris Van Herpen and ‘a Different Way of Thinking’

Iris Van Herpen and ‘a Different Way of Thinking’

Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s creations incorporate elements of art, music, ballet, science, philosophy, printing, sculpture, computer technology, engineering, architecture and photography, says the New York Times. 'I do research that takes longer than making the collection,' she says.  More >


A retirement home for students

A retirement home for students

Students live rent free but there's a condition: they must spend at least 30 hours a month helping and entertaining their elderly neighbours. A small-scale experiment in a retirement home in the Dutch town of Deventer is yielding good results, writes the Medical Press.  More >


Dutch plant turns river and sea into electricity

Dutch engineers are pioneering 'Blue energy', a source of renewable energy which harnesses the power produced by the salinety of water sources. The new test facility on the Afsluitdijk can generate some 50 megawatts of carbon dioxide free energy, enough to power 100 homes, writes CBS News.  More >