Tuesday 20 August 2019

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



The Van Gogh museum and Vans collaborate on a wearable collection of masterworks

The Van Gogh museum and Vans collaborate on a wearable collection of masterworks

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has partnered with footwear and apparel brand Vans for a collaborative collection based on Vincent van Gogh’s iconic paintings. Drawing from his famed Almond Tree, Sunflowers, and Skull paintings, the collection includes sneakers in Vans’ classic silhouettes as well as shirts, bomber jackets, hats, and a backpack. More >




To plan its smart cities, the Dutch first looked at years of data

To plan its smart cities, the Dutch first looked at years of data

If you want to understand how far-reaching the effects of smart city technologies can stretch, look no further than the Netherlands. As a country with roughly 26 percent of its land below sea level, the Netherlands is used to supporting and maintaining major technical engineering projects. Today, it’s learning how to use data to take the country into a sustainable future. More >







Whose injera is it anyway? Dutchman patented Ethiopian staple in 2003

Whose injera is it anyway? Dutchman patented Ethiopian staple in 2003

Injera, Ethiopia’s staple food, was invented by a Dutchman in 2003. That’s according to the European Patent Office, which lists the Netherlands’ Jans Roosjen as the “inventor” of teff flour and associated food products. Teff is a plant endemic to Ethiopia, and the grain is used to make the spongy fermented pancake that Ethiopians eat with their meals. More >





Mark Rutte: North’s quiet rebel

Mark Rutte: North’s quiet rebel

Angela Merkel may have closed the coffin lid on Emmanuel Macron’s EU reform plans, but it was Mark Rutte who dug the grave. Before the chancellor said France (and the rest of the eurozone) could forget any lingering hope that Germany will pursue a great leap forward in eurozone integration, the Dutch prime minister was leading the charge against exactly the same thing. More >