Tuesday 17 September 2019

Dutch destinations: Haarlem

It’s the namesake of the New York City borough, the city saved by a finger in the dike and was the epicenter for tulip mania. Haarlem is a mere fifteen minutes from Amsterdam and should be next on your list of places to visit.  Founded somewhere in the 10th century, Haarlem was given city status in 1245. It is located on a small bit of land above sea level which connects Leiden to Alkmaar and its geography provided the locals... More >


Podcast: The Bonfire of the Caterpillars

It’s been a week of big-name casualties as the law finally caught up with celebrity gangster Willem Holleeder and Frans Timmermans saw a top European job slip through his fingers. While Queen Maxima came under fire for her silence in a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, one cyclist in Groningen probably wishes she’d kept quiet when police stopped and fined her for using her phone. And it’s been a busy week for Amsterdam’s mayor Femke Halsema, who announced plans... More >



Dutch newspaper comment round-up

Dutch paper commentary this week ranged from a discussion of the Netherlands’ colonial past to Queen Máxima’s conversation with Saudi prince Mohammed Bin Salman, writes Tom Piggott. The Volkskrant published a piece by former Christian Democrat MP Sytze Faber, on the cabinet’s plans for election reforms. Faber said that ‘we could do with fewer elections,’ adding that politicians are in semi-permanent campaign mode, because there is always another election around the corner. ‘On average, there has been an election every... More >


'The Hague is the perfect balance'

Elina, who often goes by her nickname ‘Elina Selina’, is from Petaling Jaya in Malaysia. She currently lives in The Hague, which she loves, would like to ask Geert Wilders who hurt him, and can speak Rotterdam street slang. How did you end up in the Netherlands? First, some back story. When I was 15, I moved to the UK for boarding school, and then I went to the US for a year to attend university. I decided that was... More >



Blogwatching: With my feet in two boats

Dana is a Romanian, living in Amsterdam since 2010. She’s passionate about the city and everything it has to offer. On her blog, she shares her discoveries, experiences and thoughts with everyone who’s interested in Amsterdam, the Netherlands or travel in general.  There is a Romanian expression: “Cu fundul în două luntri“, which means ‘sitting with your bum in two boats’, or in other words not being able to make up your mind about something. For the title of this... More >


Podcast: The Anne Frank Meth Edition

Cheese, canals and cycling – the podcast team tries to identify the DNA of Dutch identity in a week when the Dutch sense of order was turned on its head. The 112 emergency services hotline broke down, the women’s football team won a match with a late penalty and a midsummer Elfstedentocht was staged in 30-degree heat. We also look at moves to atone for two dark episodes in the nation’s history, the latest vaccination figures and yet more changes... More >



11 great things to do in July

Summer should be well and truly upon us next month, but not all the activities in our July round-up feature the great outdoors. Dance July away Contemporary dance festival July Dance is coming to Amsterdam again, with challenging performances that make you sit up and think. There are eight venues featuring shows by seasoned dancers and choreographers as well as new talent. Additional events include a ‘dance route in the centre of  Amsterdam inspired by its colonial past’ and free... More >


Weird places to spend the night in NL

Normal hotels can be soooo boring. If you’re looking for a place to stay in the Netherlands that offers something beyond mere conventionality, why not try one of these unusual lodgings? Crane Hotel Faralda – Amsterdam It’s become one of the country’s most famous and downright bizarre hotels, but it’s also among the most expensive. A single night at Crane Hotel Faralda will run you upwards of €795. It’s hard to dismiss the view up there though, and the experience... More >



Podcast: The Feminazi Apocalypse Edition

For every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction, as a university in Eindhoven demonstrated this week with its plans for women-only job applications. We discuss the proposals and the ensuing social media firestorm in this week’s podcast, as well as bringing you up to speed with the criminal inquiry into the downing of flight MH17, the Dutch women’s World Cup campaign and the first native wolves for 200 years. Plus: the butcher whose ill-advised nostalgia trip left... More >


'I am addicted to riding the train'

Following his retirement from the healthcare industry, California native George Sonsel began reviewing the dreams on his bucket list. Living overseas was one of them. He currently lives in The Hague with his husband Sven and volunteers for The World in Your Classroom, an educational organisation. How did you end up in the Netherlands? After retiring in the United States, I wanted to fulfill a couple of dreams on my bucket list, which included living in a different culture and... More >



Dutch royals show brave gesture of respect

King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima were in Ireland for the three day visit last week. And in one meeting, they stretched the bounds of diplomacy, writes Peter Cluskey. The most valuable work of state visits such as the one by the Dutch royal couple to Ireland last week is often done well away from the glamour by trade delegations and foreign ministry officials. But rarely is high-level diplomacy used to reach out in as personal a way as this visit... More >


Swapfiets wants us to share our bikes

Everywhere you look in major Dutch cities, there seem to be bikes with distinctive blue front tyres – on the roads, sprawled along pavements, and even joining the sorry crew of lost vehicles dredged out of canals. These are the ranks of Swapfiets, a company originating in Delft which in five years has spread to four countries, 42 cities and some 124,000 users. The idea is simple: instead of buying a bicycle and having to deal with the usual repair,... More >



Podcast: The Not Those Nazis Edition

We’re living on the edge in this week’s podcast, and not just because the pinautomaten in Albert Heijn broke down. The king weighs into the Irish border issue that has been stirred up again by Brexit, Jeroen Dijsselbloem drops a bombshell into the pension talks, universities are accused of setting the bar too low and YouTube causes ophef by taking down the wrong type of Nazis. In sport the women’s team scrape through their opening World Cup match while the... More >


How easy is it to follow a partner to NL?

Did you move to the Netherlands when your partner got a job or was posted here, or did you come here for love? If so, ICAP needs your help. We all know someone who has moved to the Netherlands to be with a partner and has struggled with visa requirements, or who is still trying to slot into the jobs market. ICAP, the International Community Advisory Platform, is trying to find out more about the experiences of the partners of... More >



The wolf is back, please let it stay

Peaceful co-existence between wolves and sheep farmers is possible, says regional director Europe at International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Joep van Mierlo. It was Omroep Gelderland that bagged the scoop on May 19th: a wolf pair had settled in the Netherlands for the first time in over a century. The two were spotted in the Veluwe national park. The news was greeted with whoops of delight by many but the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is afraid that... More >


Donald Duck still going strong in NL

You wouldn’t say so to look at him but Donald Duck is 85. The irate duck, full name Donald Fauntleroy Duck, was born on June 9, 1934 and in 1952 Donald Duck, ‘the happiest weekly of the Netherlands’ started life. The weekly comic is still, apparently, the biggest selling publication in the country. Since then millions, children and adults alike, have enjoyed the (mis)adventures of Donald, who, after many years residency in this country has become more popular here than... More >



Dutch destinations: a weekend in Walcheren

Walcheren was once an island but a dam, several bridges and a lot of reclaimed land have put paid to that. Today, it is at the heart of Zeeland, with beaches, pretty villages to visit and plenty of things to see and do, whatever your age. Beaches seem to be a key part of so many of DutchNews.nl’s destination guides – hardly surprising when you consider the length of the coastline, and how easy it is to get to from... More >


Podcast – Park the Bike In Our DMs Edition

Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of dog food and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become a Patreon backer This week we look at how a rogue news agency flapping its wings stirred up an international media storm about a Dutch teenage girl’s death. We also bring you news of some real storms that exposed one of the country’s largest cocaine labs, Ivanka Trump flying into The Hague to near-universal disappointment, two healthy developments in football... More >