Tuesday 07 April 2020

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

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: Biscuity things to have with coffee

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: Biscuity things to have with coffee

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 5: Koekje erbij? The Dutch will ask you this as they wave the biscuit tin under your nose. Here’s what a variety of baked goods which may accompany a cup of tea or coffee in the Netherlands. Gevulde koek. The undisputed... More >


110-year-old Dutch company makes light work of steep stairs

110-year-old Dutch company makes light work of steep stairs

If your knees are getting creaky and those steep Dutch stairs are becoming a bother, the solution may well be a stair lift. One innovative Dutch company has been making them for more than 50 years. Dutch houses are notorious for several things, cold water in the downstairs loo and their hair-raising flights of stairs among them. But if you are starting to feel nervous about that steep climb to your bedroom, a stair lift – traplift in Dutch –... More >


Don’t panic. This is a time for social investment

Don’t panic. This is a time for social investment

What should you do if you are worried about your investments during the coronacrisis? José de Boer, who specialises in helping expats with their financial affairs, has some advice. The role of financial advisor is a responsible one at the best of times. People entrust you with their money, their hopes and their dreams and it is your job to make sure that you give them the best possible advice. It is a job which has become all the more... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 things you need to know about Vincent van Gogh

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 things you need to know about Vincent van Gogh

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 4: This list of facts about Van Gogh is easy to memorise. Drop them into the conversation and become an instant and valued expert! Van Gogh was a post impressionist. Van Gogh is ranked among the post-impressionists. Typical of the period,... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: a guide to 12 tribes in the Netherlands

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: a guide to 12 tribes in the Netherlands

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 3: Dutch tribes. If you are Dutch yourself, or have been here for some time, you know that the typical Dutch person does not exist. Here are 12 of the numerous tribes you may spot in the wild. Jordanezen Jordanezen are... More >



Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 Dutch delicacies to buy in snack bars

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 Dutch delicacies to buy in snack bars

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 2: 10 delicacies to order from snack bars (closed for now so this is to whet you appetite for a huge post corona snack fest) The Dutch call it ‘een vette bek halen’ – literally ‘to get yourself a greasy gob’... More >


Museums, music and more: Lots of great virtual things to do in April

Museums, music and more: Lots of great virtual things to do in April

Now that you can’t go to museums, theatres and cinemas, a good many are coming to you. No queuing, no annoying people blocking your view and all from the comfort of your couch. And you can munch on crisps (in your pajamas) without so much as a shush!! Have a museum to yourself A lot of Dutch museums have met the virtual content challenge head on. Here are a few examples. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam invites you to a virtual... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 key moments in Dutch history

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 key moments in Dutch history

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 1: An introduction to Dutch history Being the well organised folk that they are, the Dutch have drawn up a list of 50 key events and periods which shaped the country and made the Netherlands what it is today. This mighty... More >


Business brains: Ten global brands you might not know are (partly) Dutch

Business brains: Ten global brands you might not know are (partly) Dutch

The Dutch get everywhere. Here are 10 companies which are at least partly Dutch but which do a good job of hiding their origins. Australian Homemade Yep – that nice company with the chocolates decorated with aboriginal drawings is based in Veenendaal and was set up by a Belgian called Frederik van Isacker. The Aborigines aparently protested and Australian Homemade then said its designs were by a Dutch artist inspired by indigenous art. Booking.com The hotel booking giant may have... More >


Good vibrations for house buyers in Groningen city

Good vibrations for house buyers in Groningen city

Ground is moving in Groningen – in the best possible way. The capital of The Netherlands’ north-eastern province, always a popular university destination, is attracting steadily more house buyers. Drawn by its mixture of history, nature and keen prices, home seekers have been flocking to Groningen. In the last quarter of 2019, according to the Dutch statistics office CBS, prices in the region as a whole rose the most in 14 years  – rocketing by 8.4% and driven by the... More >


Black in Rembrandt’s time: a myth-shattering exhibition on identity and truth

Black in Rembrandt’s time: a myth-shattering exhibition on identity and truth

A new exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam tells the story of the black community in 17th century Dutch society and how the portrayal of black figures in Western art reveals much about attitudes to race. With a keen eye, surprising discoveries can be made in Jacob van der Ulft’s gouache painting The Market in Dam Square, Amsterdam (1653). Amidst all the loading and unloading of goods, trading and gossiping, are a trio of turbaned men from the... More >


ML6: Artificial Intelligence to rapidly accelerate development in pharma

ML6: Artificial Intelligence to rapidly accelerate development in pharma

As scientists around the world race to see if they can come up with a vaccine for the coronavirus, one thing is clear to the experts at ML6: artificial intelligence can help. ML6, a machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) expert with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK, says its tools can help life sciences companies find new drugs to test, match patients with trials and improve quality controls in manufacturing highly-regulated medicines. ‘The playing field in... More >


Had enough of pretty Dutch scenery? It’s time for a dismal day out

Had enough of pretty Dutch scenery? It’s time for a dismal day out

If at times you’ve had enough of medieval canal houses, tulip fields and picturesque villages, help is at hand. Treurtrips (dismal days out) is a new guide to some of the places the Dutch tourist board would rather you forget. Decaying snack bars in The Hague, sad playgrounds in the north and gloomy blocks of flats everywhere – they might not feature in the guidebooks and the ‘how to settle in Holland’ handbooks, but they are, nevertheless, an integral part... More >


More than a table for two? 15 restaurants for group dining in Amsterdam

More than a table for two? 15 restaurants for group dining in Amsterdam

Birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties, business dinners – whatever the occasion, we all have reason to get groups of family, friends or colleagues together from time to time. And when that occasion arises, one of Amsterdam’s cute gezellige cafés isn’t going to cut it. As lovely as Amsterdam’s narrow buildings are to look at, tiny two-person tables are not much help when you’re dining with a group of eight or more. But fear not – there are a number of restaurant options... More >


Virtual reality videos offer a new selling experience

Virtual reality videos offer a new selling experience

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, an experience is invaluable. This is why increasing numbers of businesses are investing in virtual reality videos to give potential immigrants a feel for a new country, show surgeons how to perform an operation or take people on a ‘ride’ to show off a new product. Peter de Graaf, founder of FreshTV Videomarketing, says that his 150 regular clients are increasingly interested in exploiting the power of virtual reality (VR) – alongside video... More >


From horses to heroines: 11 great things to do in March

From horses to heroines: 11 great things to do in March

Art, castles, tulips and even manspreading – it is all on our March cultural calendar. Saddle up with Stubbs The Mauritshuis in The Hague is hosting the country’s first exhibition of horse painter George Stubbs (1724 -1806). Stubbs’ much prized paintings owe much to the painter’s thorough knowledge of equine anatomy – he dissected horses himself and wrote a book devoted to the subject. He also portrayed their rich owners but did not go as far as dissecting any human... More >


Dutch is like shouting in a storm, says literary translator Sam Garrett

Dutch is like shouting in a storm, says literary translator Sam Garrett

The work of award-winning translator Sam Garrett has been pivotal in bringing Dutch literature to a new, English-speaking audience. Deborah Nicholls-Lee discusses the quirks and merits of the Dutch language and Sam’s recommended reads for internationals new to Dutch fiction. When you’re in a country on a visa that forbids you to work, you can have a lot of free time. Having swapped a straight-jacketed, Christian fundamentalist existence in the USA for open-minded Amsterdam, Sam Garrett (1956) spent most of... More >


Blue envelopes on the door mat mean it is time to think about tax

Blue envelopes on the door mat mean it is time to think about tax

February might be the cruelest month, according to poet T S Elliot, and it is also the month that most of us get at least one blue envelope from the tax office. Yes, it is time to think about filing that annual tax return. Here are nine key issues that you need to take into account. 1 Do you have to file an income tax return? Probably yes. If you received notification from the Dutch tax office to file your... More >


The erotic Dutch surrealist you should have heard of

The erotic Dutch surrealist you should have heard of

A new exhibition at the Utrecht Centraal Museum explores themes of gender, misogyny and sexuality in the work of Dutch artist Jaap Moesman and puts a spotlight on the contribution of female surrealists. From mystifying, mirage-like landscapes to bondage and necrophiliac mice – a host of subliminal fantasies and fears come together in one extraordinary art exhibition, ‘The Tears of Eros: Moesman, Surrealism and the Sexes’, which opened on Saturday 15th February at Utrecht Centraal Museum. Spanning four huge rooms,... More >