Tuesday 02 June 2020

Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam: experts in helping students settle

Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam: experts in helping students settle

Settling into a new school in a new country is not always easy. We talk to Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam to find out how their experienced, friendly approach helps students and parents to feel at home in no time. From Ecuador to Moscow, Myanmar to Kuwait, Nord Anglia’s 66 schools worldwide are experts in welcoming newcomers to often unfamiliar locations. The recently refurbished Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam (NAISR), which welcomes students aged 3-18 and currently has 260 students... More >

Inburgering with DN: Broodjes

We may be less confined to base from today, but we’re continuing our very own ‘inburgering’ course. Lesson 12: Broodjes The Netherlands these days is full of cafes where you can get an organic wholewheat roll with rocket, locally-sourced goat’s cheese, roasted vegetables and a tomato salsa – and now they are open again – you have no excuse not to try them out. However, this is all about the classic Dutch ‘broodjes’. The classic is a soft, white stick-to-the... More >

Help with your mortgage - no strings

According to a recent survey by the AFM Dutch financial services authority, one in seven people have worries about whether they can pay their mortgage because of the corona crisis. Meanwhile, mortgage providers such as Woonfonds have reported that a lot of clients are phoning them with questions about these concerns. So Expat Mortgages has joined an initiative to give advice and practical help to anyone who wants to investigate whether there is something they can do to reduce or... More >

Podcast: The Seat Snatch Switch Edition

On the eve of the first big relaxation of lockdown rules, the podcast team asks if it’s safe to take a seat on the train or at the bar. Police close an abattoir in Gelderland following a coronavirus outbreak, shining a spotlight on conditions for migrant workers. The Netherlands continues to aggravate its EU partners over financial support for corona-hit countries, while at home there are more unsavoury twists in the tax office fraud scandal. And we bring you up... More >

10 great things to do in June

Theatres and museums will open for business again from June 1, subject to coronavirus restrictions. Who will and who won’t be welcoming visitors is not clear yet so here are a couple of certs and a few maybes. You will need to buy tickets in advance for all exhibitions, but you will have a lot more room to view popular shows. Listen to the trees The world’s first international quarantine concert performed by trees is not in June but we... More >

400 years since the pilgrims left Leiden

In 1620, a group of pilgrims departed from Leiden to sail across the Atlantic and changed the world forever in the process. This year the city is marking the 400th anniversary of their voyage with Leiden 400, a series of events, museum exhibitions, and more.  Unfortunately, many of the plans to celebrate Leiden 400 had to be delayed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis. On 16 May, a virtual kick-off event for Leiden 400 was held online to get... More >

'I'm not Dutch, I'm an immigrant'

Though he spends his days working in IT, by evening Steven Morgan is a stand-up comedian, running his own comedy night in Nijmegen and a cast member of Amsterdam’s Easylaughs. A British citizen, he’s been to a lot of cities across the country but mostly at night, promising to himself return during the day, but never managing to do so. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I was previously living in Australia with my ex, but being so... More >

Dutch destinations: Schiermonnikoog

If you are looking for a last-minute getaway for the Whitsun weekend, the Wadden Sea island of Schiermonnikoog is the perfect place – as long as you like the great outdoors. Earlier in May, broadcaster NOS reported that the island of Schiermonnikoog was crying out for visitors. The island is largely dependent on tourism and has been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown. Having last been many years ago, we decided to take the plunge and head north. The weather... More >

10 key facts about herring

So while we are all largely confined to base, what better time to brush up your knowledge of all things Dutch? DutchNews.nl is pleased to present its very own ‘inburgering’ course in, well, however many lessons it takes. Lesson 11: The herring The new herring season starts on June 12 and every year the fish is described by experts as being ‘lekker vet’ (nicely fat) and ‘of good quality’. Here are some key facts about this Dutch delicacy. The humble... More >

It's like a really long time since Provo

May 25 marks 55 years ago to the day when a couple of students got together to shake a nodding Dutch society out of its complacency. During its short existence – it only lasted two years – Provo, as the movement was dubbed, paved the way for the sexual revolution, the emancipation of women and gays, the peace movement, and brought about a greater awareness of the threats to the environment. Plus a couple of completely mad things. Here are... More >

Foodwiki shines light on take-out specials

We can’t go to restaurants at the moment – but we still have to eat. With the Dutch population home-based at mealtimes, first supermarkets and now takeaway restaurants are seeing a boom in orders. But what to do when you’ve had your favourite Indonesian meal six times in the past fortnight? Fortunately, Dutch meal delivery company Takeaway.com has the answer: it has created a Foodwiki to give hungry customers inspiration and information about 194 dishes from 10 international cuisines. The... More >

An English potter and very old Dutch clay

A mention in the Guardian of ‘one potter called John’ who spent a muddy hour digging for ‘2.5 million-year-old clay in an old Dutch quarry’ piqued one DutchNews.nl writer’s curiosity. How did a bucketful of antediluvian Dutch clay end up in the studio of an English potter? It did not take long to find both the clay and the potter and uncover a history of craftsmanship that continues to this day. John Higgins, as his name turned out to be,... More >

How bad is the lockdown, really?

This could very well be the least popular article to ever appear on the DutchNews.nl website. I am prepared to be run off the internet for what I am about to say. I’m enjoying the lockdown. I don’t mean I am enjoying the pandemic and all the havoc it has wreaked. I am not a monster. I am, however, surprisingly comfortable being shut in my house for going on two months now. Let me get the large caveat out of... More >

Podcast: The Great Coffee Shortage Edition

The nation took its first tentative steps into the 1.5-metre society this week. Children started going back to school, hairdressers started hacking though their waiting lists and the American ambassador resumed his love affair with fake news. In parliament, defence minister Ank Bijleveld narrowly survived another motion of no confidence over the deaths of civilians in an air strike in Iraq. We also report on the freak incident that cost five experienced surfers their lives off the coast at Scheveningen... More >

Old surfers, dancing on top of the sea

In 2016, occasional columnist Joe Weeg was taught to surf by one of the five surfers killed in the sea on Monday. At the time, he wrote about Joost in a piece entitled Old Surfers on his blog, and we reproduce it here, as a tribute to the young men who died. Update 2020: Joe writes: ‘I am always troubled by young death — which I saw a lot of in my former life as a prosecutor either as murder... More >

'Everyone falls in love with Delft'

David Dilling grew up in Andover, a town north of Boston in the US. He started life in the Netherlands picking tomatoes before joining a software firm. He now lives in Pijnacker and is an ADO Den Haag season ticket holder. How did you end up in the Netherlands? The short version of the story is that I was in a bar in Newport Beach, California where I’d recently moved from cold Boston. I told my new friends that I... More >

Girl with a Pearl Earring

So while we are all largely confined to base, what better time to brush up your knowledge of all things Dutch? DutchNews.nl is pleased to present its very own ‘inburgering’ course in, well, however many lessons it takes. Lesson 11: Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) has been voted ‘the most beautiful Dutch painting’ and described as ‘timeless, like Mona Lisa’. She’s also a massive money-spinner and features on everything from bikes to... More >

Dutch economy: there will be trouble ahead

The Dutch economy is heading for heavy weather if the government doesn’t promote the economy of tomorrow, say economists Rick van der Ploeg and Willem Vermeend. The Netherlands is one of the countries whose economy will be hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. Its open economy and dependence on now faltering trade are bringing economic shrinkage and soaring unemployment in its wake. More and more countries are taking measures to get their stagnant economies moving again. But while other EU... More >

Podcast: The Lavender Lockdown Edition

As the nation prepares to emerge from lockdown, hand stitched face masks at the ready, we examine the government’s plans in detail. Libraries, acupuncturists, sex clubs and campsite toilets all featured in Mark Rutte’s schedule as Dutch society slowly returns to normal. Coronavirus also gave this year’s ceremonies to commemorate the end of the war an even more sombre atmosphere than usual. While the humans are staying home, the animals have been getting busy, increasing the population of the Netherlands’... More >