Tuesday 21 September 2021

Longer articles about living in the Netherlands, Dutch society, culture and travel plus third party content from our partners

Language level for inburgering exam goes up in 2022

Language level for inburgering exam goes up in 2022

With an increase in the language requirements for the integration exams imminent, smart candidates are signing up for a new self-access course with InburgeringOnline.nl to prepare for their exams in advance of the change. Newcomers to the Netherlands, whose residency permit is issued on the condition that they integrate, will be affected by a revision of the 2013 Civic Integration Act. The changes come into force in January 2022 and demand a higher level of Dutch than before. What’s changed?... More >


From vagina pants to Máxima’s wedding dress: new exhibition pays tribute to Amsterdam fashion 

From vagina pants to Máxima’s wedding dress: new exhibition pays tribute to Amsterdam fashion 

Queen Máxima’s silk wedding gown and the sensational ‘vagina pants’ worn by pop artist Janelle Monáe are among the 150 extraordinary creations at Maison Amsterdam – The town, the fashion, the freedom, a celebration of Amsterdam’s contribution to the fashion world, which opened on Friday 17 September at Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk. A veritable who’s who of the Amsterdam fashion world past and present, Maison Amsterdam has dusted off wonderfully nostalgic outfits by Max Heymans and Fong Leng and shone a... More >


The lowdown on tax box 1, 2 and 3 – plus other common tax terms

The lowdown on tax box 1, 2 and 3 – plus other common tax terms

When you land in the Netherlands, you aren’t just dealing with a different language, employer and queuing etiquette – ­you also have to deal with the Belastingdienst. The Dutch tax office, or Belastingdienst, has been making efforts to employ more of a ‘personal’ approach, which will be good news for expats. Nowadays, there’s a comprehensive set of English pages at www.government.nl about everything from the basics of the income tax system to coronavirus support measures for business. But tax advisers... More >


A registration address or virtual office is a boost for the self-employed

A registration address or virtual office is a boost for the self-employed

Working from home and in need of an occasional office, or would you like a virtual company address to keep cold callers at bay? There are plenty of reasons for a small business owner to opt for a registration address. As a freelancer or owner of a small firm, you are probably used to being phoned by people trying to sell you a new energy contract or entry in some corporate guide. But you may work in a field that... More >


Back to school – navigating the new school year and beyond

Back to school – navigating the new school year and beyond

The new school year is exciting for children and their parents and the settling into the new school year can bring about challenges for the whole family. The team at Zein International Childcare share their top tips to ensure a smooth beginning to the school year for your family. Create a time capsule listing what your child is looking forward to: Include photos of their first day at school, a painting they have done, and other keepsakes that record your... More >


‘I remember every bit of fleeing Afghanistan. It never leaves you’

‘I remember every bit of fleeing Afghanistan. It never leaves you’

Niloufar Rahim (34), a general practitioner from Arnhem, fled her childhood home in Kabul in 1997 to escape the Taliban and seek asylum in the Netherlands. She is the chair of Dutch-Afghan organisation KEIHAN and an ambassador for IOM, Connecting Diaspora for Development. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I fled Afghanistan as a refugee with my parents when I was 10. We fled because of the Taliban regime. I remember every bit of it. It never leaves... More >


Going solar? Here are some things to think about

Going solar? Here are some things to think about

Some one million households in the Netherlands now have solar panels on their roof and solar energy is an increasingly important part of the Dutch energy mix. If you have been thinking about installing solar panels on your home, here are some things to think about. The cost The cost of installing solar panels on your roof depends on a number of factors: the number of panels, the type, the transformer (omvormer) you choose and the mounts (zonnepanelen montagemateriaal) that... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 Dutch films you must see

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 Dutch films you must see

The summer break may be over, or almost over for some, but you still have time to  catch up on some Dutch culture with the DutchNews.nl inburgering course. Lesson 24: 10 films you must see The Dutch are world famous for their documentaries and animation films, and over the years some of their feature films have also had an international impact. Here are 10 films which encompass the history of Dutch cinema. Een Carmen van het noorden (1919) Director: Maurits Binger... More >


Amsterdam urges protestors to stay away from too-busy Covid demo

Amsterdam urges protestors to stay away from too-busy Covid demo

Amsterdam officials have urged people to stop coming to the Dam in the centre of the city to take part in a demonstration against the coronavirus rules because it is already too busy. Several thousand people – up to 10,000 according to city officials – had gathered in the area by midday and then moved off to march along a seven kilometre route through the city centre. The crowd includes representatives from far right parties, including the FvD, and several... More >


Amsterdam Fashion Week kicks off in style, and is open to the public

Amsterdam Fashion Week kicks off in style, and is open to the public

After last year’s hiatus, Amsterdam Fashion Week 2021 kicks off on September 1 and this year’s programme is the most accessible and inclusive in Fashion Week history. High couture must-sees and quality streetwear must-haves, collections from established designers, labels, international brands, and red-hot, young talent will dictate fashion trends for the next few years. Many designers have embraced sustainable production, upcycling and zero-waste practices, appealing to young consumers. Museumplein hosts a coronavirus-safe schedule of runway shows and time-slot appointments for... More >


The region revolutionising the Dutch diet

The region revolutionising the Dutch diet

Ethical and environmental concerns are changing what the Dutch put on their plates, but where this foodtech transformation is occurring is somewhat surprising. Livestock farms with patchwork pastures encircle the village of Holten in Overijssel, but in a small industrial park within, steering Dutch diets in a different direction, is the headquarters of Vivera, one of Europe’s largest producers of vegan alternatives to meat. Evolution The evolution of the Dutch diet is no clearer than in the east of the... More >



Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: dealing with death

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: dealing with death

The summer break may be over, or almost over for some, but you still have time to  catch up on some Dutch culture with the DutchNews.nl inburgering course. Lesson 24: Key facts about death Enough of the jollity and fun. Never let it be said we shy away from difficult topics. So here’s some useful information about death in the Netherlands. Insured for death Some 60% of Dutch households have funeral insurance –  the Dutch love insurance after all and... More >


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

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 DutchNew.nl 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... More >


The Grand Beach brings a Caribbean vibe to central Amsterdam

The Grand Beach brings a Caribbean vibe to central Amsterdam

It’s summer, so the time is right to get into that sunny vibe, settle back in your easy chair and relax with a Caribbean cocktail. To help you really slip into summer, luxury hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam has reopened the doors to The Grand Beach after the great success of last year’s edition. This year, The Grand’s atmospheric courtyard has been transformed into a real sandy city beach, inspired by the beauty of the Caribbean. Step barefoot into... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: what you need to know about marriage

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: what you need to know about marriage

The summer break may be in full swing, but why not catch up on some Dutch culture with the DutchNews.nl inburgering course? Lesson 23: Key facts about marriage Planning to marry a Dutchie or attend the wedding of Dutch friends? Here’s a few key facts and other things you ought to know first. 1 How many weddings? Around 50,000 couples tied the knot in the Netherlands in 2020 (of which 1,114 were same sex couples). In addition around 24,000 people... More >


Everything you need to know about VPNs (including whether you need one)

Everything you need to know about VPNs (including whether you need one)

You have probably heard about VPNs and maybe you have even been thinking about getting one for yourself. But how much do you really know about how they work in the Netherlands? Here are five key questions and answers to help you get started. 1 What is a VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a tool that enhances the privacy and security of internet users. ‘A VPN essentially does two things,’ says Koen Kuijper from VPN.nl. ‘First... More >


Experience bank: moving to the Netherlands

Experience bank: moving to the Netherlands

An ABN AMRO banking expert shares his decades of experiences in helping people move to the Netherlands and set up their affairs here. Two decades ago, moving to the Netherlands was quite an adventure. ‘A client came not knowing what was happening here,’ recalls Daniel Poot, who has spent his 50-year career at ABN AMRO assisting all kinds of immigrants from well-travelled diplomats to first-time expats. ‘I was downstairs at a desk and everyone who wanted to open an account... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: having a baby in the Netherlands

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: having a baby in the Netherlands

With rain at home and the prospects for summer breaks abroad still open to question, why not catch up on some Dutch culture instead? Back by popular demand – the DutchNews.nl inburgering course. Lesson 22: What you need to know about having a baby in the Netherlands The Netherlands is notorious for its painkiller-free home births. But there are lots of other essential things you need to know to make sure you have a baby the Dutch way. The home... More >


Transgender equality, better data ethics are both human right issues: Lisa van Ginneken

Transgender equality, better data ethics are both human right issues: Lisa van Ginneken

In a curious way, Lisa van Ginneken’s political career might never have happened if it hadn’t been for far-right nationalist leader Thierry Baudet. Van Ginneken became the Netherlands’ first transgender MP when she was elected in March for the progressive liberal D66 party. She had been a prominent activist as chair of the advocacy group Transvisie since 2017, but the moment that prompted her to stand for parliament came during the provincial election campaign of 2019. Baudet’s Forum voor Democratie... More >