Monday 16 September 2019

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

DutchNews.nl destinations: explore Leiden’s canals without the tourist hustle

DutchNews.nl destinations: explore Leiden’s canals without the tourist hustle

Once considered a broken down, blue-collar burg, Leiden has shed this reputation in recent years to become a sort of ‘mini Amsterdam’. Brandon Hartley shares a glimpse at one of the most often overlooked cities in the Randstad. At first glance, it might be easy to mistake the canals of Leiden for those in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district. They’re lined with picturesque houses, arched bridges, and the occasional house cat snoozing in the sun. While the city lacks the world famous... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Broken Referendum Edition – Week 9

DutchNews podcast – The Broken Referendum Edition – Week 9

  It may be just about the coldest start to March on record, but there’s plenty of hot topics to digest on this week’s podcast. We find out why Geert Wilders’s efforts to thaw relations with Russia got a less than warm reception from the MH17 relatives, how a teenager won the right to brand himself a prince and what burning issues the Netherlands plans to tackle as chair of the UN security council. Plus the Winter Olympians return home... More >


Where’s the rainbow? Workers find pot of gold from 15th century

Where’s the rainbow? Workers find pot of gold from 15th century

Water company workers have stumbled on a hoard of hundreds of centuries-old gold and silver coins, broadcaster NOS reported on Thursday. The workers were laying pipes at a building site between Vianen and Hagestein in the province of Utrecht when they found a glazed earthenware cooking pot containing 500 coins which archaeologists think date from the 15th century. Twelve of the coins were found to be solid gold, the rest are silver. According to archaeologist Peter de Boer,  the time... More >


From bubbles to boats: Five Dutch initiatives which are tackling the plastics crisis

From bubbles to boats: Five Dutch initiatives which are tackling the plastics crisis

Empty drinks bottles, plastic packaging, microscopic plastic particles in the food chain: this once oh so useful invention is fast becoming an environmental catastrophe. Deborah Nicholls-Lee has been checking out some Dutch projects which are seeking solutions. The Great Bubble Barrier   Founded in Haarlem in 2015, The Great Bubble Barrier comprises an all-woman team of experienced sailors, who were tired of the plastic in the water spoiling their favourite sport. Based on a concept already used in the oil industry,... More >


Irish dancing, DIY and meeting monsters: 13 great things to do in March

Irish dancing, DIY and meeting monsters: 13 great things to do in March

The freezing temperatures may not make it feel like spring is on its way, but the Netherlands is gearing up for the start of the tulip season as the Keukenhof opens later this month. Here’s a selection of great things to do in March. Look at the beautiful people The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is celebrating the return of Rembrandt’s wedding portrait of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit after its restauration by tapping into the celebrity culture of centuries gone by.... More >


The bison are back: rewilding the Dutch dunes brings back a mega beast

The bison are back: rewilding the Dutch dunes brings back a mega beast

Hunted to near-extinction by the 1920s, European Bison clung to survival in a handful of zoos. Thanks to continent-wide conservation programmes, Europe’s largest megafauna now roams wild in one of its most densely populated regions: the Randstad. Joshua James Parfitt has been bison spotting. I stand gazing out over the dune slacks, as the sun sets orange behind apartment blocks in the distance. Within earshot, a motorbike noisily chases fame or fun at the Zandvoort race track. Distant cars zoom... More >


Den Bosch museum to show Nazi design in ‘long overdue’ exhibition

Den Bosch museum to show Nazi design in ‘long overdue’ exhibition

The Stedelijk Museum in Den Bosch is planning an exhibition on Third Reich design in collaboration with the Deutsches Historisches Museum, its director Timo de Rijk has announced. This an area that needs to be part of the public discussion like the Dutch colonial past which gave rise to an exhibition on slavery at the Rijkmuseum, De Rijk said in an interview with the Volkskrant. ‘Everyone said it was about time. And it’s the same with Nazi design. If you... More >


From 3D selfies to replica engagement rings, Local Makers can bring your product to life

From 3D selfies to replica engagement rings, Local Makers can bring your product to life

If you can’t find the product you need, you might like to create it yourself. We visited Local Makers, the product design team who are serving a growing market for self-made solutions. Amsterdam product development company Local Makers have had some odd commissions. These include a home enema kit, a hand-painted 3D-printed model of a clitoris for a science programme, and the VU University Medical Center once got in touch regarding a special holder for an anal probe. All of... More >


It’s Valentine’s Day. Here’s 11 reasons why you need a Dutch boyfriend

It’s Valentine’s Day. Here’s 11 reasons why you need a Dutch boyfriend

It’s Valentine’s Day, something a few years ago no self-respecting Dutch man or woman would think worthy of mention. Alas, this Anglo-American celebration of Cupid has become latest foreign fad to get the commercially-minded Dutch going. Not everyone has fallen for the marketing hype, however. A survey by ING economists in 2016 found just one in five Dutch people planned to give their loved one a Valentine’s Day gift and the average amount they spend is €16. We admire their thriftiness.... More >


Dutch News Podcast – The F**k the King Edition – Week 6

Dutch News Podcast – The F**k the King Edition – Week 6

This week’s podcast brings you the latest on the Brexit court case in Amsterdam, the race row engulfing the Forum voor Democratie and the party leader whose career capsized in the Maldives. The Dutch government replaces the leaders of its smallest Caribbean territory and Ronald Koeman replaces Dick Advocaat as manager of the national football team. Plus we look ahead to the Winter Olympics and ask if Dutch skaters will dominate the ice rink again in Pyeongchang. Top story British... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: getting windblown in winter on Texel

DutchNews.nl destinations: getting windblown in winter on Texel

In the winter, a wander along a blustery Texel beach is a popular way to blow the cobwebs away – lekker uitwaaien, as the Dutch would say. Robin Pascoe visited the biggest of the Wadden Sea islands. Just a few minutes by ferry from the navy town of Den Helder, Texel’s regular population of over 13,000 is constantly inflated by a steady stream of holidaymakers all year round, mainly from the Netherlands and Germany. Texel is a something for everyone... More >


Blogwatching: 9 ramen restaurants in Amsterdam – rated

Blogwatching: 9 ramen restaurants in Amsterdam – rated

Vicky Hampton is British by birth and Dutch by choice, a writer, cook and avid foodie who has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 2006. Vicky launched her blog Amsterdam Foodie in 2007 and it is now an indispensible guide to the city’s eateries and beyond. Before we get into all the noodly details, let me start with a caveat: I’ve never been to Japan. I’ve never even eaten ramen outside of Amsterdam. I’m comparing these places on a level... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The Sacred Cows Edition – Week 5

DutchNews Podcast – The Sacred Cows Edition – Week 5

In this week’s podcast we ask who was responsible for the cyber attacks that mysteriously hit Dutch banks a week after details emerged of the security services’ role in a counterespionage operation against Russia. Plans to cut gas production in Groningen and compensate earthquake-hit householders got back on track, the senate debated changes to the law on organ donation and there was a happy ending for Hermien the fugitive cow. In our discussion we look at why the debate about... More >


Eight things you need to know about Dutch at the Winter Olympics

Eight things you need to know about Dutch at the Winter Olympics

At the last winter Olympics, the Dutch squad won 23 of the 36 long track speed skating medals, leading to a lot of muttering about the Oranje dominance. No-one expects the medal haul to be as impressive at this year’s event but here are 10 facts you need to know about the Dutch at this year’s Winter Olympics. When are the Winter Olympics? The 23rd Winter Olympics will be held from 9 to 25 February 2018 in PyeongChang (which we... More >


The 30% ruling: what is it, who can claim it and how does it work?

The 30% ruling: what is it, who can claim it and how does it work?

You may have heard a lot about the 30% ruling, or you may even be claiming it already. Here’s a definitive guide to this very Dutch expat benefit, by Tax Consultants International. The Netherlands has a beneficial regime for employees who are recruited or hired from abroad. The extraterritorial expenses you, as expat, can incur because you live outside of your home country, may under circumstances be reimbursed free of tax. Key for tax-free reimbursement is that your employer is... More >



Credit cards not yet popular among the Dutch, despite the advantages

Credit cards not yet popular among the Dutch, despite the advantages

The popularity of credit cards in the Netherlands has always lagged behind when compared to many other Western countries. But new figures out last week show that there has been a bit of a catch-up – thanks to paid-for online entertainment such as Spotify. Last year the Dutch bought goods or services 160 million times with a credit card – that’s a rise of over 10% on 2016. Nevertheless, credit card use still has some way to go to catch... More >


Grammy for Amsterdam classical group’s debut album

Grammy for Amsterdam classical group’s debut album

An Amsterdam-based classical music group has won a Grammy award for its debut album. Ludwig took the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category for Crazy Girl Crazy, a compilation which also marked Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan’s debut as a conductor. Hannigan has been an associate member of the collective since 2016. Ludwig, founded in 2014 by six orchestral musicians, were the only Dutch winners at this year’s Grammys. Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw was nominated for Best Classical Compendium but did... More >


How the Mauritshuis row put the spotlight on the Dutch colonial past

How the Mauritshuis row put the spotlight on the Dutch colonial past

Prime minister Mark Rutte this week had to backtrack on his criticism of the Mauritshuis museum for removing a bust of its founder, Johan Maurits, from its foyer. But as Gordon Darroch explains, the ensuing debate has exposed deep divisions about how the Netherlands should view its colonial past. The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague stirred up a hornet’s nest this week with its decision to remove a plaster bust of its founder, Johan Maurits, from its foyer. Prime minister... More >


Be a good sport at the 2018 Feel at Home in The Hague fair

Be a good sport at the 2018 Feel at Home in The Hague fair

If you’ve always fancied finding out more about the traditional Dutch sport of korfball, had a secret wish to take up belly dancing or sail across the seas in the Volvo Ocean Race, this year’s Feel at Home in The Hague fair is the place to be. This year, the central theme of the annual Feel at Home in The Hague fair is sport, leisure and wellness, and some 70 sports and cultural organisations and community groups will be on... More >