Saturday 18 September 2021

New to NL or just catching up? Here’s some great reads you might have missed


Finished your holiday books and looking for something else to pick up, or just wanting to catch up on items you may have missed? Here are some of the best reads so far this year.

Dutch exceptionalism: Superior failure in the year of coronavirus
The Dutch are very fond of international comparisons if they come out well, but when it comes to coronavirus, they see the Netherlands’ position as one of ‘superior failure’, writes Ben Coates. Read on

Who will rule the roads? Making sense of Dutch street design
Urban planners from all across the globe often look to the Netherlands for ways to make the streets of their cities safer and more bike-friendly, but to the outsider, what the Dutch are doing can often seem downright bizarre and even dangerous. Read on

High earnings potential? Mass investments hit magic truffle business
Campaigners and investors believe the Netherlands is the perfect place to launch a legal magic truffel microdosing industry. Read on

Meet the Brexiles who have swapped the UK for the Netherlands
The UK might be out of the EU, but many Remainers have upped sticks and are now starting a new life in a member state. We meet the Brexpats in the Netherlands and find out what made them leave Brexit Britain behind. Read on

The Amsterdam women taking sextech into their own hands
As the pandemic boosts sales in sextech, we meet the female entrepreneurs who are reshaping the industry to educate women on sexual wellness and better serve their needs and desires. Read on

Transgender equality, better data ethics are human right issues: Lisa van Ginneken
Van Ginneken became the Netherlands’ first transgender MP when she was elected in March for the progressive liberal D66 party. But in a curious way, her political career might never have happened if it hadn’t been for far-right nationalist leader Thierry Baudet. Read on

Dutch recycling strategy needs a rethink: ‘we don’t know what is going on’
The Netherlands claims to be a leading light when it comes to recycling, but walk along any Amsterdam street, and you have to wonder who is recycling what. Piles of cardboard and old furniture stack up alongside the underground paper and glass containers, next to full plastic bags of household waste. Read on

What do you do when your husband leaves you hundreds of unseen masterpieces
When Willem Barbieri died in 2019, he left his wife with an unusual legacy: over 1000 extraordinary paintings, collages and sketches, created during their life together. Read on

The international parents raising Dutch-speaking children
What can you expect when children in the Netherlands learn Dutch within a non-Dutch household? discovers that the triumphs mostly exceed the trials, but accepting difference is key. Read on

10 of the best features which don’t mention Covid-19
From coffins made from fungus to why the Dutch have birthday calendars in their loo, here’s a round up of the best from our 2020 archives. Read on

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