Tuesday 26 May 2020

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

First Dutch online second-hand car dealership cleans up industry image

First Dutch online second-hand car dealership cleans up industry image

You can now buy a second-hand car and have it delivered to your door with a few clicks of the mouse. We find out why expats are embracing online car shopping. It sounds counter-intuitive to spend thousands of euros on a car you haven’t seen, but Bynco, the Netherlands’ first 100% online second-hand car dealership, has seen sales soar since it launched in 2017. ‘I was genuinely amazed when it turned up outside my house. Right until the last moment,... More >


The Dutch Film Festival goes English: blockbusters with subtitles galore

The Dutch Film Festival goes English: blockbusters with subtitles galore

The annual Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, which culminates in country’s most prestigious film awards, is making a big drive to attract an international audience this year, by subtitling many of the film screenings, including several box office hits. Here’s what you should know about the upcoming festival and a selection of what’s on offer. 1 The Nederlands Film Festival is a Dutch institution and has been around since 1981. Cocking a snook at Amsterdam, Utrecht has traditionally been the... More >


Recycled medieval parchment pieces show sustainability is not new

Recycled medieval parchment pieces show sustainability is not new

A search in the archives of Utrecht and the city’s university library by master student and medievalists has unearthed hundreds of fragments of medieval parchment which had been used to mend books, cover documents and recycled in various other ways. The fragments, some no bigger than a stamp, others comprised of several pages, tell of such diverse subjects as religion, eating habits, poetry, medicine and astrology. Among the more spectacular finds are the only known written text by Christian theologian... More >


The government is reforming the tax system: here is what you need to know

The government is reforming the tax system: here is what you need to know

On Tuesday, the government published its 2019 spending plans, which include several changes to the tax system likely to have an impact on expats. In particular, we now know the government will not introduce a transition period for people claiming the 30% ruling. The government plans to introduce a number of changes to the tax system this year, although some measures will not come into effect until 2020 or later. Here’s a quick overview of the proposed changes. These will... More >


You may have a Dutch passport, but when are you really Dutch?

You may have a Dutch passport, but when are you really Dutch?

At least one of your passports may prove that you are Dutch. But who actually gets to be seen and accepted as a Dutch person by society at large? Traci White has been finding out. The ‘average Dutch person’ seems to be the only voter that Dutch political parties have cared about during elections this year and in 2017, even though no one knows who this imaginary man or woman is. One party’s ‘gewone Nederlander’ is another party’s ‘boze burger’.... More >


It’s back, the ‘I am not a tourist’ Amsterdam expat fair for internationals

It’s back, the ‘I am not a tourist’ Amsterdam expat fair for internationals

Find out everything you want to know about the Dutch expat life, under one roof: on Sunday 7 October 2018, the 16th edition of Amsterdam’s renowned I am not a tourist Expat Fair will shake up the Beurs van Berlage in the heart of Amsterdam. Explore what the Netherlands has to offer, including this year’s highlight sections: ‘Jobs for Expats’ and ‘Houses for Expats’. Every year we give you the chance to take part in engaging and useful workshops, mingle... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: enjoy art and cream pastries in Den Bosch

DutchNews.nl destinations: enjoy art and cream pastries in Den Bosch

Whether you call it Den Bosch or s-Hertogenbosch, the capital of North Brabant is a great place to spend a weekend. Its museums and quirky cafes are truly one of a kind. Here’s Brandon Hartley’s rundown on just a few of the city’s attractions. s-Hertogenbosch means ‘The Duke’s Forest’ in English but learning how to properly pronounce it if that’s your native language could take hours or longer. This is why many people opt to use ‘Den Bosch’, the city’s... More >



From heather fields to eagles – seven Dutch national parks to visit

From heather fields to eagles – seven Dutch national parks to visit

The first national parks in the Netherlands were established in the 1930s and they now cover over 130,000 hectares nationwide. Esther O’Toole takes you on a tour through seven of the Netherlands’ natural treasure troves. If you have been led to believe that the natural landscapes of the Netherlands are flat, grey, largely rainy and agricultural then you have been mistaken. There are hills, dunes, forests and a beautiful coastline to explore; where you may encounter, wildlife as diverse as... More >


Museum acquires original skeleton of giant dinosaur

Museum acquires original skeleton of giant dinosaur

A museum in Brabant is to be the first in the Netherlands and only the third in Europe to display the skeleton of a diplodocus. The 20 metre-long, 150 million year old skeleton was unearthed 25 years ago in Wyoming, but has never been exhibited. The Oertijdmuseum, or Museum of Prehistory, in Boxtel acquired it from a sister museum in Switzerland, Omroep Brabant reported. Around 70% of the skeleton has been preserved. The 300 bones will have to be cleaned... More >


Blogwatching: Cycling through Limburg history (and a message to the countess)

Blogwatching: Cycling through Limburg history (and a message to the countess)

Welcome to Waking Up on the Roof, where Kim Stokes share stories, thoughts and photos from her bicontinental life, her travels throughout Europe and Canada, and her road-trips in Electric-Blue, her trusty VW van. About two years ago I invested in a bike with battery power. Very un-Dutch, I know, but we live in a very un-Dutch part of the Netherlands. A hilly part. And since I bought that bike (and Arthur followed suit), we’ve been spending an increasing amount of... More >


From flowers to ballet and Islamic art: 12 great things to do in September

From flowers to ballet and Islamic art: 12 great things to do in September

The new cultural season starts in the Netherlands in September, and here is a round-up of some of the great things to see and do. Smell the flowers Zundert, in the province of Noord-Brabant is getting ready to stage ‘the biggest flower parade in the world’. The 20 small communities which make up the town give their all to produce the best float in a fiercely fought competition. The result is a parade of some pretty weird and wonderful –... More >


The 10 quirkiest locations to eat dinner in Amsterdam

The 10 quirkiest locations to eat dinner in Amsterdam

The Dutch have a long history of turning old buildings into something else. Think of the Kruisherenkerk (church) in Maastricht that is now a hotel. Or the old tram depot in Amsterdam that’s now the Foodhallen. So it’s no surprise that there are some weird and wonderful places to eat dinner in Amsterdam and its environs… Here are 10 of the quirkiest, for next time you feel like dinner with a difference: 1 Revolving office block: Moon When the old... More >


Dutch public library School 7 voted world’s best new library

Dutch public library School 7 voted world’s best new library

Public library School 7 in Den Helder has been given the Public Library of the Year award in the category best new library in an existing building, broadcaster NOS reports. The prize was awarded at the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Den Helder library saw off  competition from Brazil, the United States, Norway and Singapore in the final round. In total, 35 libraries from 19 countries applied for the prize.... More >



Couple set off for south pole in solar-powered recycled plastic truck

Couple set off for south pole in solar-powered recycled plastic truck

A Dutch couple are aiming to reach the south pole in a home-made truck constructed from recycled plastic and powered by solar panels. The Solar Voyager set off on Monday for the Caribbean on the first leg of its journey to Antarctica, which its owners have dubbed the Clean2Antarctica mission. Edwin and Liesbeth ter Velde, from Zaandam, devised the project as a way of making a statement about waste and recycling. ‘We were cooking together and like everyone who cooks,... More >



13 English-language theatre companies in the Netherlands

13 English-language theatre companies in the Netherlands

From open-air Shakespeare to comedy classics like ‘Allo ‘Allo!, the English-language theatre scene in the Netherlands now covers a myriad of genres. Here are our top picks from this rapidly-expanding realm. Amsterdam Toneelgroep Amsterdam Soon to be known as the International Theatre Amsterdam (ITA), following a merger with Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg, Toneelgroep Amsterdam is the city’s largest theatre group and is over 30 years old. Historically, performances have been in Dutch, with English surtitles on Thursdays to attract a broader audience,... More >


From the sea front to suburbs, here’s how to buy a house in The Hague

From the sea front to suburbs, here’s how to buy a house in The Hague

As the cost of rental housing continues to rise, buying your own home has become a very real alternative for expats – and no-where more so than in The Hague. The How To Buy A House events were created to help expats find their home in the Netherlands. The Hague is a welcoming city with a wide variety of places to live, from the rolling dunes in Kijkduin to the canals and gracious mansions of the city centre. You can... More >