Monday 24 February 2020


Weekly news magazine HP/De Tijd reports this week from the town of Genemuiden, in the centre of Holland’s bible belt. Almost three-quarters of the 10,000-strong population are regular church goers – most of whom walk in long lines to church twice every Sunday.

‘The women, without exception wear a below the knee skirt, a blouse and shoulder-length hair,’ writes the magazine. ‘Dark colours dominate. Only the compulsory hats show variety in colour and style. But jewellry, mascara and lipstick are taboo.’ It is a world ruled by the Word of God, the magazine says, a world where men are in charge in church, in politics and in the family. A closed world, where people feel safe. It is so strict, the magazine points out, that a 16-year-old boy was refused at place at a school, because his 18-year-old sister occasionally wore trousers and his parents did not object to moderate access to television and internet. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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