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


Uruzgan, were the Dutch hoodwinked?

Tuesday's suicide attack in southern Afghanistan, which left at least 17 civilians dead and a number of Dutch soldiers injured, has again raised questions about Dutch involvement in Afghanistan. (more…)  More >


Why Dutch Kids are Happier Than Yours

Dutch children are the happiest children in the industrialized world. Don't take my word for it, that was the finding of an extensive survey in UNICEF's Report Card 7. (more…)  More >


Dutch cycling is high in the Low Country

Whether it's over the stone bridges and through the hectic traffic of Amsterdam, or across the windmill-dotted pastures of the countryside, the Dutch cycle everywhere. (more…)  More >


Dutch museums put their surplus art on eBay

Part of the Dutch national art collection featuring some 1,000 paintings, statues and other objects has gone on sale through Internet auction site eBay, officials said Friday. (more…)  More >


Dutch courage

Hollandophobes like Ruskin were wrong to dismiss the painters of the Golden Age as prosaic materialists. Bold artists such as Frans Hals and Rembrandt transformed portraiture by capturing the poetry of daily life, argues Simon Schama. (more…)  More >


Dutch military chief says Taliban executed civilians

Taliban fighters executed Afghan civilians, including women, who refused to join them during a recent fierce battle against NATO and Afghan government forces in the south, the Dutch military chief said Friday (more…)  More >


Heroic Dutch backpacker nearly died

Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard came very close to dying after being gunned down in a Melbourne street, his surgeon says. The 25-year-old - hailed a hero after being shot while trying to help a woman in distress - was bleeding to death as doctors fought to save his life. (more…)  More >


Dutch ISAF troops ‘failing’ in Afghanistan

Unease about Dutch involvement in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan is steadily growing in the Netherlands and the director of a Dutch aid organisation has warned that the mission may be doing more harm than good. (more…)  More >


Why Dutch women don’t get depressed

French women, says a recent bestseller, don't get fat. Japanese women, says another, don't get old or fat. But their sisters in the Netherlands may have one up on both of them. (more…)  More >



The Dutch immigration pendulum

The Netherlands has a long history of being a haven for people fleeing persecution. But it was only after the Second World War that large numbers of foreigners started arriving in Holland. Today over five percent of Dutch society is of foreign origin. (more…)  More >


Dutch missing out on UN pie

The United Nations is big business - its various organisations spend billions a year on goods and services provided by international companies. But Dutch businesses haven't had much luck in getting a share of those billions - in 2005, the Netherlands was 19th on the list of countries doing business with the UN. (more…)  More >



Miller in Holland is grinding for Dutch certification

The black Dutch cap that is faded to a deep purple and coated with a flour patina hides Alisa Crawford's long, blonde hair. She has lost her fear of heights as she regularly climbs 40-foot windmill blades to set the sails of Holland's windmill. (more…)  More >


Dutch Rub-Out: Wolfowitz and the World Bank’s Euro-cabal.

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz faces an "ad hoc committee" investigating his alleged ethics violations today, but it seems the committee has reached its conclusions even before he has a chance to defend himself. This fits the pattern of what is ever more clearly a Euro-railroad job. (more…)  More >


Dutchman’s Noah’s Ark opens doors

A half-sized replica of the biblical Noah's Ark has been built by a Dutch man, complete with model animals. Dutch creationist Johan Huibers built the ark as testament to his literal belief in the Bible. (more…)  More >


Right said Fred, let’s go Dutch

It was a rare setback for Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin when ABN Amro snubbed his consortium's bid for the bank. But the straight talker from Paisley will not stand by and watch Barclays take the prize. (more…)  More >



Muslim women glad Hirsi Ali quit Netherlands

For three years Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali galvanised the Dutch society with a frank account of her traumatic past and her conviction that Islam is a violent, misogynous religion. (more…)  More >