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


Thomas Eyck, impresario of design

Thomas Eyck, impresario of design

Thomas Eyck’s private showroom is in a restored 18th-century barn next to a potato field on the outskirts of this Frisian village. Although the setting is calm, the design producer is often on the go, popping out of his seat and grabbing objects to illuminate his points to a visitor.  More >





The new Dutch disease is white nationalism

The new Dutch disease is white nationalism

An upstart far-right party in the Netherlands threatens to entrench xenophobia in one of Europe’s most progressive countries. As voters in the Netherlands gear up for local elections, the old adage that all politics are local is being turned on its head.  More >












Where Dutch directness comes from

Where Dutch directness comes from

Straightforwardness is so intrinsic in Dutch society that there’s even a Dutch word for it: 'bespreekbaarheid' (speakability) – that everything can and should be talked about.  More >




How Dutch startup Bloomon became the Netflix of flowers

How Dutch startup Bloomon became the Netflix of flowers

In 1640, Dutch painter Jan Brueghel painted Satire on the tulip mania where he illustrated the speculative bubble that crashed the tulip market at the time: prices for a single bulb soared, before collapsing dramatically. One day, we might have an equivalent painting for Bitcoin, but that’s another story.  More >


New slaughtering rules pit Dutch religious freedoms against animal rights

New slaughtering rules pit Dutch religious freedoms against animal rights

For 60 years, the Sal Meyer deli in Amsterdam has been serving kosher foods like its signature pekelvlees, a fatty corned beef steeped in meat juices and served with a bun. The deli is one of the few kosher restaurants left in Amsterdam, a city that once had such a vibrant Jewish community that it still retains the nickname Mokum, the Yiddish word for 'safe haven'.  More >