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







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 >


Urk has a problem: Dutch fishing town caught up in cocaine smuggling trial

Urk has a problem: Dutch fishing town caught up in cocaine smuggling trial

It may be the Netherlands’ most religiously devoted community, where television and dancing are spurned by some as the devil’s work. But the wrath of God for indulging in those pursuits is unlikely to be the most pressing concern at the moment for some of the 20,000 residents of Urk, for centuries a major centre for Dutch fishing.  More >





Unpacking the storming success of Thierry Baudet

Unpacking the storming success of Thierry Baudet

A few weeks before the Dutch election in March I sent a rather inauspicious tweet, pledging to plunge into the North Sea without the aid of swimming trunks if Thierry Baudet’s Forum voor Democratie made it into Parliament.  More >


The Netherlands’ racist blackface tradition needs to go

The Netherlands’ racist blackface tradition needs to go

Ah, holiday time in the Netherlands. It means pepernoten (holiday cookies), handwritten, personalized poems to give to friends and family, and large parades across the country. But for many cities in the Netherlands, the season of Sinterklaas is not complete without a dash of holiday blackface.  More >





Could Dutch indoor farming help address food shortages?

Could Dutch indoor farming help address food shortages?

By 2050, Earth’s population is expected to rise to 10 billion, while the resources on the planet continue to shrink. Researchers in the Netherlands are experimenting with one way to feed more people with less: growing crops indoors.   More >