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




Online Islamic sex-shop opens for business

The sex products Dutch Muslims used to bring back from the Middle East are now available online. Abdelaziz Aouragh is a Muslim, lives in Amsterdam, and deals in sex articles. (more…)  More >


Dutch clubs still facing financial peril

Last month the Bundesliga was in awe after the arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy. When he scored twice in five minutes as a substitute for Hamburg in Stuttgart, the whole country seemed to come to a halt and, along with Arjen Robben, Eljero Elia, and Rafael van der Vaart - who scored against Sevilla at the weekend - the Dutch stars plying their trade in the foreign leagues are shining brightly, even if the national side continue to be named as outsiders for the World Cup this summer. (more…)  More >



Islamophobia on tour: Wilders comes to Britain

When the far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders came to the UK to promote his brand of Islamophobia last year, he made it only as far as Heathrow before being unceremoniously turned away and flown back to his native country. (more…)  More >



Generosity is contagious, study finds

In the Netherlands, citizens and businesses give away four million euros to charities, churches or other faith-based organisations every year. And the amount donated has been rising for decades. (more…)  More >




A Dutch Town That Nurtures Its Quirks

On stage at Acu, a bar and music club in Utrecht, Noam Cohen stopped briefly to address the crowd. “There’s so much room!” Mr. Cohen, the lead singer of the hardcore band This Routine Is Hell, yelled into his microphone, surveying the gap between the band and the crowd, clad mostly in black. (more…)  More >



Dutch Fishermen Join Their Catch on Endangered List

Doede Visser’s eyes grow misty when he recalls eating eel as a child. “Only the children of fishermen know what it’s like to have it, when still warm, and the skin puts a tingling feeling on your lips,” said Mr. Visser, 63. (more…)  More >


Explaining the crazy Dutch love of speed skating

They approach the starting line, two at a time, before an official with a French accent asks them if they're "re-dee?" The gun goes off, and they skate quietly around a 400-meter oval, swaying side-to-side, one hand on resting on their lower back. (more…)  More >


Opinion: Atlantic Reflex? Gimme a Break

George Harinck, Professor in History at the Free University in Amsterdam and an all-round nice guy, has written a piece in Nederlands Dagblad on the knee-jerk Atlanticism of Dutch foreign policy that I just can’t leave alone. (more…)  More >


Vast Offering of De Stijl Art in London

Tate Modern has a whopper of a show, with a title to match its size: "Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World." Though this is the first major exhibition in the U.K. dedicated to the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931), its early Modernist scope is larger than the one man, who worked in practically all the art forms extant in his lifetime. (more…)  More >


Dutch, Belgians Pressure Swiss Banks

European governments kept up the pressure on Switzerland and its famed banking secrecy laws, with fresh reports from the Netherlands and Belgium raising the stakes in the battle to find tax evaders. (more…)  More >


Students protest to keep Dutch student grant

Political parties across the board want to do away with the Dutch system of paying every student a grant. Angry students held sit-ins at university buildings in several cities on Monday. (more…)  More >


Saab’s new owner has history of unpaid debt

Victor Muller, the man behind Spyker's acquisition of Swedish car maker Saab deal, has never been shy to put other people’s money to use, sometimes losing it in the process. (more…)  More >


Green light for CO2 storage under Dutch town

In spite of residents' protests, Dutch parliament approved the construction of an experimental underground carbon dioxide storage facility beneath the town of Barendrecht on Tuesday. (more…)  More >