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


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 >




Corneille, Dutch Artist With a Lyrical Modernism, Dies at 88

The Dutch artist Corneille, who created lyrical, expressionist paintings bursting with color and who was one of the founders of the postwar European art movement known as Cobra, died on Sunday in Paris. He was 88 and lived in Paris. (more…)  More >


Netherlands upbeat as they get going again

As the Netherlands begin their qualifying bid, Wesley Sneijder is still buzzing from their FIFA World Cup run and Marco van Basten believes they have the quality to go far again. (more…)  More >


Mr Controversial

Australia's SBS tv has carried a lengthy report on anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, in which he reiterates his view that western culture is better than the 'retarded Islamic culture'. (more…)  More >



A Dutch city moves to end drugs tourism

On a recent summer night, Marc Josemans’s Easy Going Coffee Shop was packed. The lines to buy marijuana and hashish stretched to the reception area where customers waited behind glass barriers. (more…)  More >



Thomas Dekker: A doper’s desire for redemption

In Lausanne, Switzerland, Anne Gripper nervously shuffles papers from one end of her desk to another. She looks up at the clock. 10 A.M. exactly. She sighs at the inevitable but grim task she must carry out and picks up the phone. (more…)  More >



Maths class in the morning, turning tricks at lunch

They are still children, only 12 or 13 years old. They fall in love for the first time, at the school gates or on Facebook, and wind up with a pimp. Parents and police are struggling against the hold so-called loverboys have over young girls, but often it's already too late. (more…)  More >


The Odyssey of the Dutch Oil Skimmers

The dance of the Dutch oil skimmers coming to America has been a sight to behold. Slow, cheerless, and saddled with incompetent decisions, their trajectory has slogged through the second US summer holiday with no guarantee of an end in sight. (more…)  More >


Living with the memories of Srebrenica, 15 years on

As he roars around the streets of Srebrenica in his three-tonne, self-built, bright red Hummer, Rob Zomer does not exactly blend in. But then catch wind of his story and it is clear this Dutchman is not one to follow convention. (more…)  More >


Scars of Srebrenica still visible 15 years on

It's been 15 years since the massacre of Srebrenica left thousands of Bosnian Muslims dead. The people on both sides of that conflict are slowly finding common ground now, but the tragedy is never far from their minds. (more…)  More >


Afrikaners for Dutch in WCup because of heritage

For some South Africans, there is still a "home" team to cheer for in the World Cup final. When the Netherlands faces Spain on Sunday at Soccer City, a sizable portion of the Afrikaner population will be watching closely, and mostly because of their Dutch roots. (more…)  More >