Monday 23 September 2019

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



Dutch city uses penis fountain to rebel against art project

Dutch city uses penis fountain to rebel against art project

When the Dutch city of Leeuwarden commissioned 11 fountains by modern artists to celebrate being made European capital of culture 2018, it probably didn’t expect such stiff opposition. Internationally renowned sculptors – including the British artists Cornelia Parker and Lucy Orta – each designed a fountain for one of 11 cities in the province of Friesland. For the city of Workum, Parker took her inspiration from a pair of lions on a 17th-century coat of arms, designing two huge replicas,... More >











Urk fishermen prepare for choppy Brexit waters

Urk fishermen prepare for choppy Brexit waters

The fishermen of Urk know that Brexit is going to hurt, but they aren’t going to accept the pain without a fight. The Dutch coastal town is built on fish. Until 1939, and the construction of a dyke to the mainland, it was an island. Its inhabitants were so isolated from the rest of the country that in winter the sick had to be transported across the ice on sledges to reach the nearest hospital. More >