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

Strep throat may have killed Mozart: study

The death of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of 35 may have been caused by complications stemming from strep throat, according to a Dutch study published on Monday. (more…)  More >

An unlikely gathering place

Amsterdam, considered by many as one of Europe's biggest party towns (with more than 1,000 nightclubs, including one called "Sinner's Heaven), is the seemingly unlikely site of this year's World Congress of Families conference, Aug. 10-12. (more…)  More >

Netherlands’ ‘little brown bars’ buck anti-smoking regulations

Smokers have found some friendly legislative ground in the Netherlands. A series of district court decisions, one most recently handed down in July, has partially rolled back a 2008 smoking ban, allowing customers in thousands of small bars to once again light up at their barstools. (more…)  More >

Dress rehearsal for a flu pandemic

General practitioners from the Rotterdam area gathered at the World Port Center this week for an exercise in how to deal with a flu pandemic. "Can you handle 90 extra patients a day? No, you can't." (more…)  More >

What the Netherlands can teach Florida

Living with water -- whether it is enduring the wettest month on record in May, experiencing one of the most severe droughts to affect our water supply or preparing for this year's hurricane season -- is something with which Floridians grapple. (more…)  More >

Dutch return head of Ghana king

Dutch officials have handed back to Ghana the head of a king who was executed by colonists in the 1830s. Tribal elders led a ceremony in The Hague to hand over the head of Badu Bonsu II, stored in formaldehyde in a Dutch museum for 170 years. (more…)  More >

Dutch drama: antipirates sue Pirate Bay, are sued in return

A Dutch antipiracy tried to sue The Pirate Bay admins in a Dutch court, notifying them by "mail, e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook." But the antipirates got more than they bargained for—a Swedish defamation lawsuit from The Pirate Bay crew. The entire saga could only get stranger if Ewoks were somehow involved. (more…)  More >

Dutch banks still invest in arms companies-report

Despite some progress in the last two years, six major Dutch financial institutions still invest their own money or client money in companies that either make controversial weapons or trade arms with a select list of nations, a consortium said on Wednesday. (more…)  More >

Exploring Dutch Legacy 400 Years After Hudson

“Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture,” an ambitious exhibition at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, reveals how New Yorkers have both embraced and mocked their Dutch heritage since 1609, when Henry Hudson first sailed up the river that now bears his name. (more…)  More >

Traditional Dutch fishermen turn to innovation

Sixth generation Dutch fisherman Louwe de Boer is part of a small group of pioneers abandoning traditional, wasteful methods and embracing innovation as a means of protecting their livelihoods. (more…)  More >

US environment chief praises Dutch water systems

The U.S.' chief environmental official said Tuesday that America can learn much from the way the Dutch manage water — focusing more on living with it than on trying to control it at every turn. (more…)  More >

Polaroid Lovers Try to Revive Its Instant Film

In this small town just across the border from Germany, a small group of Dutch scientists and one irrepressible Austrian salesman have dedicated themselves to the task of reinventing one of the great inventions of the 20th century — Polaroid’s instant film. (more…)  More >

Dutch-Jewish poet masks Israeli roots to win Arab prize

One name sticks out from the list of winners in the prestigious El Hizjra poetry competition intended for Dutch Arabs, which was announced two weeks ago - Tuvit Shlomi, press officer for Holland's largest Zionist group. (more…)  More >