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





CBS42: Van der Sloot not Peru’s most notorious prisoner

Joran van der Sloot isn’t the most notorious prisoner in the Peruvian penal system. These days, he isn’t even the most notorious Dutch prisoner in a Peruvian prison. That dubious honor goes to Jason staling Conquet, a Dutch national imprisoned on a variety of drug related charges. (more…)  More >



Volkskrant: World Cup is running on oil and gas

Oil and gas will be the main sponsors now Russia and Qatar have been chosen to host the football world championship tournaments of 2018 and 2022, writes Mark van Driel in de Volkskrant. (more…)  More >



Guardian: Dutch fashion firm under fire over window display

Sex sells, or so one Dutch male fashion firm hopes. But Suit Supply's provocative – some say almost pornographic – "Shameless" advertising campaign has prompted cries of "shame" over a window display at London's Westfield shopping centre (more…)  More >


Dutch photographer turns lens on Orange City

Babies in northwest Iowa's proudly Dutch town of Orange City aren't actually born with clogs on their feet. The high school cheerleaders don't show up to games in long woolen skirts and embroidered aprons. And so far, at least, windmill tattoos aren't terribly popular. (more…)  More >



NGOs and BBC targeted by Shell PR machine in wake of Saro-Wiwa death

Secret internal company documents from the oil giant Shell show that in the immediate aftermath of the execution of the Nigerian activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa it adopted a PR strategy of cosying up to key BBC editors and singling out NGOs that it hoped to "sway". (more…)  More >


Sniffer ‘hero rats’ saving lives in war zones

A baby rat in a tiny red and black harness twitches its pointed nose incessantly, probing a grassy field where it is being trained by a pioneering Dutch NGO to smell out deadly landmines. (more…)  More >




RNW: Lobbying in a cheese sandwich culture

Prepare a five-minute talk. Eat in advance, so you can talk while the MP is chewing his cheese sandwich. Successful lobbying in the Netherlands: this is how it’s done. (more…)  More >


New York Times: Harry Mulisch, Dutch Novelist, Dies at 83

Harry Mulisch, the Dutch novelist whose gift for writing with clarity about moral and philosophical themes made him an enormously influential figure in the Netherlands and earned him recognition abroad, died at his home in Amsterdam on Saturday. (more…)  More >


What happened to the Holland I knew?

I grew up in the Netherlands in the 1970s and 1980s, and not much happened. Almost the whole country ate dinner at home at 6pm (generally meat and potatoes), and voted for boring technocrats. People kept their curtains open so that you could look inside as you cycled past, but it was seldom worth it. (more…)  More >


TIME:The New Dutch Government: An End to Tolerance?

After four months of coalition negotiations, the Dutch government was sworn in on Thursday. As Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands led the new cabinet onto the balcony of the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague for a formal group photo, there was a conspicuous absence from the ceremony: Geert Wilders, the flamboyantly strident anti-Islamic politician who holds the balance of power in the country. (more…)  More >


The Guardian: I migrated to Holland with hope

When I arrived with my mother in Rotterdam in the late 1970s, we thought we had found a safe haven. Coming from the sharp-edged mountains of north Morocco, the streets of the Low Countries felt like a place where everything could be done better. It did not seem possible that, 30 years later, the likes of Geert Wilders would wield influence, pushing his ban on the burqa, but then there were no burqas to be seen in the street. (more…)  More >


Antony Gormley drops 60-tonne load for monumental sculpture

At 26 metres (85ft) tall, it has a good distance on the Angel of the North. And just as its English cousin has been dubbed the Gateshead Flasher by irreverent locals, so has this vast sculpture, poised on a spit of reclaimed land in the central Netherlands, already been christened de poepende man – "the shitting man". (more…)  More >