Tuesday 20 August 2019

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

One in three adults buy something orange for King’s Day – are you one of them?

One in three adults buy something orange for King’s Day – are you one of them?

If you are in the Netherlands at the moment, you cannot fail to have noticed it. Yes, King’s Day is about to hit and the orange tat is everywhere. This year, according to ING, three in 10 adults will buy something orange to wear – with the average bill reaching €26! This year too, the Friday weather forecast is not as bad as it could be. The day will start out sunny but there will be showers, particularly inland, although... More >


Red light: air pollution measurement bike shows traffic hotspots

Red light: air pollution measurement bike shows traffic hotspots

Cycling might be a healthy way to get around, but what about all the fumes you breathe in while stuck behind a lorry or a moped? Senay Boztas has been finding out about efforts to quantify exactly what cyclists are inhaling. Laden with solar panels, video camera, batteries and three air-pollution measuring devices, the ‘soot’ bike is no easy ride. Not only does the €30,000 electric vehicle weigh a ton. But a spin on this bicycle will also weigh on your mind. The whole... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: exploring the shores of Ameland

DutchNews.nl destinations: exploring the shores of Ameland

Whether you’re in search of nature, cosy inns, history, kitsch, or just a few good meals, you can find all of them on the Wadden Sea island of Ameland. Brandon Hartley recently visited the often overlooked island. Ameland is sort of like a kid sister to its more popular southern siblings. Texel and Terschelling tend to hog all the attention but there’s plenty to do and explore along its shores and further inland. Centuries ago, Ameland stood apart from the... More >


It’s that time of year again: you’ve only got a few days left to file your tax return

It’s that time of year again: you’ve only got a few days left to file your tax return

Yes, it is that time of the year again. You’ve got until April 30 to hand in your annual tax return and this year, like every year, a few things have changed. Here’s a handy overview of what you need to know. 1 Do you have to file an income tax return? If you received an invitation from the Dutch tax office to file your income tax, you are required to comply, even if you had no income. The letters... More >


It’s Dutch American Friendship Day and the DAFT visa is not as stupid as it may sound

It’s Dutch American Friendship Day and the DAFT visa is not as stupid as it may sound

Today, the Netherlands and the United States celebrate their friendship which stretches back 226 years. But it’s more than an excuse to have a party. The treaty recognising the relationship between these two nations also offers the opportunity for citizens to move to the other country under the DAFT visa. Molly Quell finds out more. The Netherlands and the US began diplomatic relations way back in 1782 and the Netherlands was the second country to recognise the US as an... More >



A slice of Dutch history: castles, forts and fortified towns to visit

A slice of Dutch history: castles, forts and fortified towns to visit

Ever fancied playing monarch for a day? Enjoying some jousting, a feast fit for a king or wandering in the lanes of the royal gardens? Here in the Netherlands there is a rich and varied heritage sector: from sites of archaeological interest to romantic retreats in restored castles. Muiderslot The ‘Muiderslot’ is barely a 30 minute drive from central Amsterdam but it feels surprisingly rural. Just outside the pretty town of Muiden, this 13th century keep was first erected by... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Breaking Brabant Edition – Week 15

DutchNews podcast – The Breaking Brabant Edition – Week 15

It’s a week of shattered illusions on the podcast as a former CDA politician in Brabant is jailed for his part in the Netherlands’ biggest ever drugs farm and a Jeff Koons sculpture meets an explosive fate in an Amsterdam church. Also: is the housing market overheating, why did a singing road lose its voice, and how did hawks and sea eagles become embroiled in a treetop turf war? Top story Former politician jailed for hosting Netherlands’ biggest drugs lab... More >


Museums neglect core tasks in favour of popular exhibitions: report

Museums neglect core tasks in favour of popular exhibitions: report

The pressure on museums to organise frequent, low threshold exhibitions is increasing visitor numbers but is also eating up a large part of their budget at the expense of other tasks, the Council for Culture warned on Thursday. In a report titled A Delicate Balance, the government advisory body says that although blockbuster exhibitions make money, they are not making enough to counterbalance the cost of staff and maintenance. An increasing number of museums are struggling, the council says, adding... More >


Could a custom-made Tiny House be your affordable new home?

Could a custom-made Tiny House be your affordable new home?

Who would want to live in a space the size of a shed at the mercy of the elements? Deborah Nicholls-Lee finds out why the Tiny House movement is gaining ground in the Netherlands. Sometimes a queue forms outside Marjolein Jonker’s Alkmaar home. She enjoys showing people around her house, but at just 20m², only a few visitors at a time can fit inside. Co-designed with students from the TU Delft and parked since 2016 on grassy wasteland where a... More >


Ingeburgered? Then here are a few of the best and most bizarre burgers in NL

Ingeburgered? Then here are a few of the best and most bizarre burgers in NL

The Netherlands is in the middle of a full-fledged burger bonanza. It seems like there’s a cafe devoted to them on every corner, especially in Amsterdam. This means there’s a burger for nearly every taste, whether you’re a vegetarian or eat red meat with every meal. Here’s Brandon Hartley’s picks for a few of the best, weirdest, and wildest ones in the country. A burger for those who consider variety the spice of life Burgermeester – Amsterdam Since 2007, Burgermeester... More >



You might not be aware of it, but the Netherlands is full of valleys

You might not be aware of it, but the Netherlands is full of valleys

As every cyclist knows the Netherlands is as flat as a pancake, bar a few hillocks in the province of Limburg. However, over the last few years, the Netherlands had become riddled with valleys. Food Valley, Metal Valley, Seed Valley – the country is positively mountainous. The fashion for valleys can be blamed squarely on the wits of those who decided to call part of California Silicon Valley because of all the tech companies that are based there. Perhaps not... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: take the train for a weekend in Rotterdam

DutchNews.nl destinations: take the train for a weekend in Rotterdam

With Eurostar now running a three-hour service from London to Rotterdam, the city’s fortunes as a tourist hub are set to boom. So, get over there now and appreciate the fantastic views, great museums and excellent cocktails before the British stag parties take over, says Molly Quell. Only slightly smaller than Amsterdam by population, Rotterdam is the Netherland’s second largest city. It is home to the largest port in Europe, a fact which is partially responsible for its diverse population... More >


Blogwatching: Five bands from Amsterdam that won’t let you sit still

Blogwatching: Five bands from Amsterdam that won’t let you sit still

Ana V. Martins is a Portuguese actress and a writer who lives in Amsterdam. Her blog AmsterDive is about her relationship with Amsterdam with a focus on arts and culture. In this post, she writes about five of the lesser known Amsterdam bands who get her feet moving. Ah, bands from Amsterdam! Not the good old classics, not the über famous ones. Real bands composed of real people who make real sound and play in real concerts that real people... More >


Life in a suitcase: The Expatriate Archive Centre celebrates 10 years

Life in a suitcase: The Expatriate Archive Centre celebrates 10 years

Thirty years ago, a suitcase full of papers and photos sat on a shelf. What that suitcase contained would go on to become the start of the Expatriate Archive Centre in The Hague. Now, it’s going on tour.  Molly Quell finds out more about a globetrotting piece of luggage. Years ago a group of Shell wives (as they referred to themselves) set about to publish a book on the experiences of the families of Shell expatriate employees to celebrate the... More >


From careers to childcare, the Amsterdam IamExpat Fair has it covered

From careers to childcare, the Amsterdam IamExpat Fair has it covered

Need help with finding the perfect place to live, that next career move or even mates to hang around with? You’ll find all the answers at the fourth edition of the the IamExpat Fair in Amsterdam, which will take place on Saturday April 7 at the Westergasfabriek. The IamExpat Fair was set up to support internationals in the Netherlands and connect them with local businesses and service providers so the organisers are delighted to be hosting their fourth Amsterdam edition.... More >


From Easter egg hunts to King’s Day orange: 12 great things to do in April

From Easter egg hunts to King’s Day orange: 12 great things to do in April

The Easter weekend may be set to be chilly and wet, but spring temperatures should be on their way next week – if we are to believe the KNMI weather bureau that is. So here are some great things to do this April. Join the egg hunt There’s plenty to do this Easter. You could try the traditional Easter market on The Hague’s Lange Voorhout on April 1 and 2 or take the children to join the search for the... More >


Meet Happy Streets: Rotterdam’s cheeky activists for social mobility in the city

Meet Happy Streets: Rotterdam’s cheeky activists for social mobility in the city

A cheerful squad of urban agitators are using Rotterdam to conduct quirky experiments in social mobility. Is this car-centric city ready to rethink its use of space? Deborah Nicholls-Lee finds out more. If you wake up one morning to find your street covered in pink and yellow dots, a lawn where once there was a parking space, or a bike-through cafe in your neighbour’s front room, then it might be the work of Happy Streets, a mischievous but well-meaning group... More >


It’s spring, so to celebrate here are nine things to know about tulips

It’s spring, so to celebrate here are nine things to know about tulips

Spring is officially here and that means the Keukenhof bulb gardens in Lisse are now open. It is the 69th time that the gardens will have opened to the public and they are expecting over a million visitors in eight short weeks. This year’s theme is romance and so among the special gardens in 2018 are Cupid’s Garden, with a kissing gate, a Holiday Romance garden, with a tropical atmosphere under the palms and Rob’s Oriental Romance. For those of... More >