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


Jiri Kylian, a life in dance

Time: a sunny day in November Place: a quiet street in The Hague Dramatis personae: Jiri Kylian, 62, Czech choreographer and retiring director of Netherlands Dance Theatre; Alistair Spalding, chief executive and artistic director of Sadler’s Wells, London (more…)  More >


Eurobest: Four (m)ad men in Amsterdam

Four Amsterdam-based international creative directors discuss the future of their profession and Amsterdam as a creative capital. ‘The city council is skating on thin ice.’ (more…)  More >


Tracking dogs are major Dutch export product

From the explosives dog sniffing around Barack Obama's car, to the drugs dog discovering a cocaine shipment on the Mexican border, wherever dogs are at work around the world, there is a good chance they came from the Netherlands. (more…)  More >


Amsterdam tries to shed its seedy reputation

The project to turn Amsterdam's centre from Sodom and Gomora into a bourgeois bohemians playground is well underway, but replacing a brothel by a 5-star restaurant is not done overnight. (more…)  More >


World War II food-drop airman, Dutch youth meet 64 years later

In 1945, Bob Lawrence was an Alabama boy turned World War II flyboy. Ruud Veltman was a youngster coming of age in war-weary Amsterdam. That their lives intersected that year was a matter of chance; that they met face-to-face in Greenville more than 60 years later was downright uncanny. (more…)  More >



Red light art

London's National Gallery, home of the nation's Old Masters, is about to exhibit its first contemporary art installation, by recreating a street scene from Amsterdam's Red Light district. (more…)  More >


Dispatch from Drachten

In a nondescript business park on the edge of an obscure Dutch town, a small group of revolutionaries is plotting to change the world. The security agencies have not yet investigated, but the goings-on might be of some interest to the traffic cops (more…)  More >



Dutch ban frees eels, angers fishermen

When Aart van der Waal chose 20 years ago to fish for eel rather than join the legal profession, he didn't expect to be told someday to make a choice between making a living and breaking the law. (more…)  More >


Dutch Seize Bank After Run on Assets

The Dutch central bank shuttered DSB Bank NV, a struggling consumer and mortgage lender, after a run by depositors that followed a call from a consumer group to pull money out of the controversial institution. (more…)  More >



Camels new cash cows for Dutch farmers?

Landscapes don't get much more typically Dutch than the one just outside the southern city of Den Bosch. Vast farmlands, cows, cornfields, a modern farm here and there and the outline of a small village on the horizon. But there's one element that doesn't seem to fit in the picture: a herd of forty camels, quietly grazing in a meadow next to a traditional dairy farm. (more…)  More >


New York City’s ‘Birth Certificate’: $24 and All That

Beginning Sunday, not far from where the saltwater of the sea and the freshwater of the river bearing Henry Hudson’s name intermingle in an estuary that nestles along the island of Manhattan, the documents that began it all will be on display: meticulously preserved ledgers with ornate scripts, delicately colored maps and drawings, an official government pronouncements that gave birth to New Amsterdam and led ultimately to the creation of the City of New York. (more…)  More >


400 years later, another Dutch island in New York

QUICK: What do you think when you think of Holland? Windmills, tulips and clogs, for sure. Maybe sleek bicycles and good social services, soccer and canals, Genever gin and Vermeer. But experimental theater? Probably not. (more…)  More >


People get red-dy

The idea of a ginger festival may sound like little more than a bit of fun, but when 3,000 redheads came together for a recent gathering it became a bonding experience. (more…)  More >


Dutch royals visit NY 400 years after Henry Hudson

Dutch Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, met dignitaries up and down the Hudson River, lunched with military cadets and lauded their country's long friendship with the United States as they marked the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic voyage. (more…)  More >


Dutch royalty appears, but not to reclaim the island

All of this could have been his. But when Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange, the presumptive next king of the Netherlands, strode the warship deck on Tuesday to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival at New York Harbor and the subsequent founding of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, he was about 345 years too late to stake a territorial claim. (more…)  More >


Going Dutch, and Saying It Right

These days New York is a (mostly) English-speaking locale, but Dutch influence is all over the city. It pops in the majority of our boroughs (Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx), neighborhoods from north to south (Harlem, Coney Island, Flushing, Bushwick) and in famed street names (Bowery, Broadway). (more…)  More >