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


Dutch dig farmer-seeks-wife show

There is no sex, no scandal, no sniping and no foul language, but a new Dutch reality show is getting ratings TV bosses dream of, with a quarter of the country glued to their television sets. (more…)  More >


Dutch film about Koran could spark new clash

Uh-oh... The clash of civilizations may fire up again with the possible release of a short film by an ultra-rightwing member of Holland's parliament who has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf." (more…)  More >


Dutch Fashion Shops Open in Ex-Brothels

Instead of selling sex, Amsterdam is trying to sell sexy. The city unveiled its "Red Light Fashion" project on Saturday, having converted 16 buildings that used to house prostitutes in the city's ancient red light district into studios for young fashion designers. (more…)  More >





Protests halt Dutch science park

A Dutch council has condemned a campaign of harassment by animal rights protesters which forced a developer to withdraw from a science park project. (more…)  More >


Dutch get uneasy about liberty

In the Netherlands, the mood has shifted away from its famously broad tolerance and permissiveness, bringing about curbs on drugs and prostitution. (more…)  More >


Learning Dutch lessons on teen pregnancy

Holland has the lowest rate of children born to teenage mothers across Western Europe - six times lower than Britain's statistics at the opposite end of the league table. (more…)  More >


Dutch Christian party wins gender rights row

The Netherlands' oldest political party is celebrating an unusual victory -- the right to receive state funding while continuing to bar women from standing as candidates. (more…)  More >




Dutch schools link-up is a sign of the global times

Business schools have long had loose affiliations with each other via joint programmes or faculty and student exchanges. But earlier this year, six of the Netherlands’ leading schools decided to go a step further. (more…)  More >


Dutch Consider New Ways of Holding Back the Waters

With over half of its population living below sea level, the Netherlands is particularly at risk from the effects of climate change. One new idea is to build an island in the North Sea -- in the shape of a Tulip. (more…)  More >



Dutch struggle to maintain their football reputation

Euro 2008 will provide important testing ground for the Dutch football team which has run into trouble in recent years. Despite ranking seventh in the world, Marco van Basten's team appears neither as strong, let alone glamorous, as previous Dutch sides - highlighted by a meagre 15 goals in 12 qualifying games. (more…)  More >


Study Says Nobelist Obeyed Nazi Rules

Historians investigating the life of a Dutch Nobel chemistry laureate who worked in Germany during Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime found the scientist complied with anti-Jewish dictates while sometimes helping Jewish colleagues. (more…)  More >


Dutch court rules Srebrenica families can sue U.N.

Families of Srebrenica massacre victims have cleared a legal hurdle in their lawsuit against the Dutch state and the United Nations, which they argue allowed the killing of thousands of Muslims, their lawyers said. (more…)  More >


The radicalization of ‘Eillen’

BOGOTA, Colombia: The army stumbled on the handwritten diary during a raid on a guerrilla camp. It lay near the embers of a communal kitchen where fleeing rebels left their breakfast untouched. (more…)  More >


Goin Dutch

IT IS 11am on a cold but sunny Tuesday in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Queues of people are lining up to enter the Witte Dame exhibition centre. From the outside, it looks rather drab and functional - all concrete, glass and steel. However, inside the building lies a veritable treasure-trove of spectacularly colourful items. (more…)  More >