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



Meet the Glamorous Dutch Royals

When Her Majesty Queen Beatrix "by the Grace of God Queen of the Netherlands" celebrated her 70th birthday earlier this year, the Dutch press was feverish with speculation about whether she would abdicate. (more…)  More >


Totally Tolerant, Up to a Point

If it were not for his hatred of Islam, Geert Wilders would have remained a provincial Dutch parliamentarian of little note, writes Ian Buruma in the New York Times (more…)  More >


Dutch magazine celebrates menswear

In a set of neat new offices in the center of town, a gray, rectangular, cardboard box that once contained Chanel perfume is flattened and nailed to the wall for inspiration. (more…)  More >


A Rare Deep Freeze Warms the Dutch Soul

Canals in the Netherlands no longer freeze every winter, so the chance to ice-skate outdoors created a frenzy in Kinderdijk and elsewhere in the south. “Everybody took days off,” said one mayor. (more…)  More >


From the left, a call to end the current Dutch notion of tolerance

Two years ago, the Dutch could quietly congratulate themselves on having brought what seemed to be a fair measure of consensus and reason to the meanest intersection in their national political life: the one where integration of Muslim immigrants crossed Dutch identity. (more…)  More >


Krol, a Dutch legend in Africa

The Dutch 'total football' maestros of 1974 are popular choices as the most talented side not to emerge victorious at a FIFA World Cup™. And a vital cog in the famous Oranje machine, alongside Johan Neeskens, Johnny Rep and the inimitable Johan Cruyff, was the dashing left-back Ruud Krol. (more…)  More >



Dutch and British: beef up EU Zimbabwe sanctions

The Dutch and British governments want tougher EU sanctions against Zimbabwe in an attempt to pressure President Robert Mugabe into sharing power with the opposition, the Dutch Foreign Minister said Thursday. (more…)  More >



Sex education: why the British should go Dutch

Britain's Schools Minister plans to introduce sex lessons for five-year-olds. They already have them in the Netherlands. Is that why they also have the lowest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe? (more…)  More >




A touch of the Dutch Golden Age

If you had the money to begin collecting the greatest of the Dutch old masters, the targets at the top of your list would most likely be Rembrandt and Vermeer. Back in the 18th century, however, the talents we admire so much today were looked down upon as also-rans. Instead, you'd be shopping for such unfamiliar names as Adam Pynacker, Nicolaes Berchem and Aelbert Cuyp. (more…)  More >



Dutch outcry over naming giant ship after Nazi

It ought to be a proud milestone in the Dutch seafaring heritage — the construction of a new ship its owner claims will be the world's largest. But there's one problem: its name. (more…)  More >


Dutch backpacker defies politics to invest in Iran

Sebastian Straten is going against the flow. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, the entrepreneurial Dutchman is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. (more…)  More >


Science in search of the top banana

To get it to market ripe but unblemished by brown sugar spots takes careful timing, a slight fiddling with nature's rhythms and a delivery system that is increasingly computer-driven and technical. (more…)  More >