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


Outrage: Dutch architecture no longer shows social imagination

Outrage: Dutch architecture no longer shows social imagination

While their cities’ once-exemplary housing system is dismantled and the national social-housing stock plummets, Dutch architects remain silent Compared with countries such as Germany and France, the Netherlands has produced few great thinkers, but a huge number of famous painters, designers and other image producers.   More >






EU needs election-meddling stress tests

EU needs election-meddling stress tests

In 170 days, Europeans will go to the polls, but the right to freely choose their representatives is under threat. With election after election facing hacking and manipulation, no-one should be naive about what is at stake in Europe.  More >


Amsterdam brothels to get a review by city’s first female mayor

Amsterdam brothels to get a review by city’s first female mayor

Amsterdam’s first female mayor is rethinking its centuries-old red-light district. The Wallen district sits in the oldest part of the city and at its creation in the 14th century was where free women, mostly Dutch, served sailors and traders without shame.   More >




Why do film makers love Van Gogh?

Why do film makers love Van Gogh?

A man walks into a field. The day is young. He starts to run, then stops and lies down on his back. He gathers handfuls of soil and sprinkles it over his face. Earth falls onto his eyes. Some goes into his mouth.  More >



Meet Amsterdam’s official pet photographer

Meet Amsterdam’s official pet photographer

Isabella Rozendaal realised there was something missing from Amsterdam’s population archive. She tells of her life – and new book – as the city’s first official pet portraitist, the Guardian writes.  More >




Why the Dutch are ditching gas extraction

Why the Dutch are ditching gas extraction

The Dutch are waving goodbye to years of riches from gas extraction. Why? Because they can no longer stand the social and economic cost of hundreds of small earthquakes and thousands of properties damaged by the tremors gas extraction causes.  More >



Dutch police return to pavement-pounding in fight against terrorism

Dutch police return to pavement-pounding in fight against terrorism

The market square roars with activity as Bart Leget, a 54-year-old Dutch police officer, strides from stall to stall. He is all smiles, grasping the hands of passersby and shaking them vigorously. Elderly men pause on their mobility scooters to exchange warm words and light banter.  More >



Life in Amsterdam’s biggest squat – in pictures

After 20 years, squatters occupying the Amsterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij former shipyard have been ordered to leave. Photographer Sanne Derks met members of the community, who say moving elsewhere is impossible.  More >