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


Dutch Q1 growth at slowest rate in three years

Dutch economic growth cooled in the first quarter of 2008 to the slowest rate in three years, expanding just 0.2 percent compared with the previous three months as the global downturn weighed, data showed on Thursday. (more…)  More >


Fanny Blankers Koen, Dutch Olympic champion

I'm pretty sure that in the immediate aftermath of giving birth to our two sons, my wife wasn't thinking of nipping to the local park for one of her regular 5km jogs. (more…)  More >




Seedorf withdraws from Dutch squad

Clarence Seedorf added another twist to his turbulent international career when he withdrew from the Holland squad for Euro 2008 on Tuesday (more…)  More >



Euthanasia still a dilemma for Dutch doctors

"I am not a monster. I'm also not a God. In the best case I'm an angel," muses a doctor in a Dutch play about euthanasia, before delivering a lethal injection to an old friend, a cancer patient. (more…)  More >


Dutch League says it wouldn’t extend season

The Scottish Premier League found an ally yesterday in the bitter row with Rangers over the failure to find a compromise to the hectic schedule, when the Dutch Professional League revealed that it would never bend to the will of a club and put back the end of the season simply because of a fixture backlog. (more…)  More >




Orange pride and prejudice

Any foreigner arriving in Amsterdam on April 30 to be confronted with a sea of orange wigs, beer and loud music would be forgiven for thinking that he had either landed on another planet or that the traditional image of the sober, modest and hardworking Dutchman was a myth. (more…)  More >


Dutch, part-time champions, fight labour shortage

The Netherlands must get more women, immigrants and older people into jobs and make everyone work longer hours if the economy is to avoid a return to steeply rising wages which choked off growth five years ago. (more…)  More >



No pain, no gain? Giving birth Dutch-style

When I discovered I was expecting a baby during my posting to the Netherlands, I spent much of my pregnancy trying to work out how to avoid a traditional Dutch birth -- at home and with no pain relief. (more…)  More >



Volleyball: British team going Dutch for 2012

How best to prepare the fledgling British volleyball team for the heat of Olympic competition in 2012? By standing in for a club in the Netherlands, of course, and competing in their league, as Mike Rowbottom discovers in Amstelveen (more…)  More >



Cruijff’s Return to Amsterdam Sparks Soccer Championship Hopes

Dutch soccer fan Omar van Ommeren remembers the first time he heard the name Johan Cruijff. ``A friend said, Omar, you have to see this,'' the 70-year- old Van Ommeren said in an interview at the Amsterdam ArenA stadium, home to AFC Ajax NV. ``There's this skinny kid who can play football like nobody you've ever seen.'' (more…)  More >



Dutch anti-Semitism revisited

A poll taken earlier this month found that only 53 percent of the Dutch would consider voting for a Jewish prime minister. In the rankings, Jews figured far behind women (93%), homosexuals (78%) and blacks (75%), but well before Muslims (27%) and people over 70. (more…)  More >