Monday 22 July 2019

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

Get to grips with living in the Netherlands at the IamExpat Fair in The Hague

Get to grips with living in the Netherlands at the IamExpat Fair in The Hague

Need help with finding the perfect place to live, a good place to work out or even mates to hang around with? You’ll find all the answers at the second edition of the IamExpat Fair in The Hague, which takes place on Saturday November 4, 2017, at the Grote Kerk in the city centre. The IamExpat Fair was set up support internationals in the Netherlands and connect them with local businesses and service providers and the organisers are delighted to... More >


Multilingual recruitment comes of age: from CVs by post to video presentations

Multilingual recruitment comes of age: from CVs by post to video presentations

Twenty years ago Maureen Adam launched her own recruitment company from her home in Edam. Since then the company has blossomed, but the recruitment industry has changed enormously as well, as Robin Pascoe found out. ‘I came to Holland in 1991 and I really struggled to find a job. The Netherlands was in the middle of a recession and it was at a time when you went to an agency and there were notices on the door stating “if you... More >


Mata Hari and Margaretha Zelle return to Friesland in new show

Mata Hari and Margaretha Zelle return to Friesland in new show

Who could blame the Dutch for focusing on the glamour and intrigue that surrounds their most unlikely heroine? It is not often, after all, that one of their own becomes an international by-word for sex and scandal. But now Mata Hari is back in the spotlights. The Friesland Museum has mounted an exhibition which highlights not only Mata Hari the dancer, mistress, and – alleged – spy but Margaretha Zelle the wife and mother. It is a 100 years since... More >


Stedelijk Museum director quits over private business interests

Stedelijk Museum director quits over private business interests

The director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam has resigned with immediate effect following the publication of news articles about her private commercial interests. Beatrix Ruf is standing down ‘in the interests of the museum, given the recent media speculation, which could have an impact on the museum’s reputation,’ the museum said in a statement. Earlier this month, the NRC reported that Rus is owner of an art consultancy in addition to her job as director of the city’s modern... More >


Stedelijk show ‘I am a Native Foreigner’ uses film, photos, textiles and more

Stedelijk show ‘I am a Native Foreigner’ uses film, photos, textiles and more

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam continues its exploration of the theme of migration with a new exhibition, I am a Native Foreigner. Deborah Nicholls-Lee  went along to check it out. ‘We’re all foreigners,’ says Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum. ‘It’s an experience we all share, in a way. Even if you travel for a holiday, you experience displacement in relation to other contexts.’ The Stedelijk’s latest exhibition I am a Native Foreigner offers a 13-gallery exploration of the... More >


Grab your agenda: 52 tell-tale signs you’ve gone Dutch

Grab your agenda: 52 tell-tale signs you’ve gone Dutch

So there you are, sitting chomping on your French fries with mayonnaise and cheering on Oranje on the telly, or lingering in the bathroom to check which birthdays are coming up, and it suddenly hits you: you’re turning Dutch. At what point does integration become assimilation? Here’s a list of some tell-tale signs; feel free to add your own in the comments. You complain about the number of tourists in Amsterdam You complain about the way tourists ride their bikes You’ve learned to cycle while... More >


Orange and black: the forgotten history of black servants at the court of Willem V

Orange and black: the forgotten history of black servants at the court of Willem V

Child slaves, renamed Cupido and Sideron, ended up in the Dutch court as boys and spent the rest of their lives serving the royal family. Gordon Darroch visited a fascinating new exhibition about their lives in The Hague. You can see them in a painting from 1781 by Hendrik Pothoven, titled ‘the Buitenhof during The Hague circus’: two tiny, finely drawn figures that stand out among the entourage of Stadhouder Willem V for their striking outfits and prominent turbans, but... More >


Today it is ‘animal day’ – but in some places, every day is Dierendag

Today it is ‘animal day’ – but in some places, every day is Dierendag

On the the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, the world celebrates World Animal Day – Dierendag. Around the country, on October 4th, business will host special events, children bring their pets to school and more. But, as Molly Quell reports, in some places, every day is animal day. The Dutch have nearly as many pets as bikes, almost two for every man, woman and child. According to Dibevo, the Dutch organisation for animal-related companies,... More >



Pension puzzle: what does Brexit mean for expat Brits’ finances?

Pension puzzle: what does Brexit mean for expat Brits’ finances?

Brexit is set to have more of an impact on expats than many people realise. Residency rules might be changing, but the financial fall-out is already being felt. International workers need to act now to make sure their finances are properly protected in a post-Brexit world. There is much uncertainty surrounding the eventual outcome of Brexit but whatever happens, investments in Britain – whether savings, pensions or property – will all be affected by the changes set to come into... More >


From pieta to pumpkin – 12 great things to do in October

From pieta to pumpkin – 12 great things to do in October

October is the time for Halloween pumpkins, Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and the school half-term holidays. Hanneke Sanou has some suggestions of things to do. Get to know Couperus – surtitled in English For the third consecutive season, Ivo van Hove presents an adaptation of a novel by Louis Couperus (1863 – 1923). The Small Souls (De Boeken der Kleine Zielen), the story of a once prosperous The Hague family in decline, will premiere on October 8 in the... More >


Archaeologists uncover ‘spectacular’ shipwreck graveyard

Archaeologists uncover ‘spectacular’ shipwreck graveyard

Archaeologists have discovered a ‘spectacular’ graveyard of shipwrecks in the flood plains of the river Meuse. ‘It is one of the largest if not the largest graveyard of its kind ever found in the Netherlands,’ a spokesman for cultural heritage organisation RCE told the Volkskrant. . Apart from the wrecks, archaeologists found the remains of a Roman temple as well as a multitude of other artifacts. Public broadcaster NOS also mentions the remains of mammoths which were found spread out... More >



Here’s what you need to know about a Dutch divorce

Here’s what you need to know about a Dutch divorce

Divorce is difficult under any circumstances. Separating from a partner is a challenging emotional time and it also carries a number of financial, legal and practical implications. Those issues can be made more complicated if you or your partner (or both) are non-Dutch nationals. If you have more questions, you can visit our stand during the I Am Not A Tourist Fair on October 8th 2017, where we will be giving free fifteen minute legal consultations. Here are the top... More >


New in Amsterdam: walk-in emergency dentist Dental365

New in Amsterdam: walk-in emergency dentist Dental365

Imagine falling off your bike and breaking a tooth before a crucial job interview or a great party that you’ve planned. Help is now at hand in the form of Dental365, the new walk-in emergency dentist in Amsterdam. Dental365 was established by a group of dentists and specialists who believe there is too little emergency assistance in dental treatment in The Netherlands. The concept of Dental365 is that quality, emergency care and availability are complementary to regular dental care. To... More >


What is a taalcafé and can it really help improve your Dutch?

What is a taalcafé and can it really help improve your Dutch?

Learning Dutch can be a tricky thing, so teachers are always coming up with new ways to help learners absorb the language. So what is a taalcafé and can it really help improve your Dutch? Deborah Nicholls-Lee tests it out. I have just had a French conversation with a Dutchman about Russian literature, discussed the shortage of student accommodation in Dutch with a Turk, and learnt – thanks to an English-speaking German PhD student – about Economics’ inability to provide... More >


September 23 is Burendag: here are six ways to get to know your neighbours

September 23 is Burendag: here are six ways to get to know your neighbours

Neighbours needn’t be strangers. Deborah Nicholls-Lee reports on six neighbourhood initiatives that are connecting local residents in the Netherlands. How well do you know the people next door?  If you still haven’t borrowed a cup of sugar, enjoyed a pavement borrel, or shared a moan about dog mess/bin days/noise, Burendag – Saturday, September 23 – is a great opportunity to meet your street, discuss the issues of the day, and lend a helping hand. To mark this most gezellig of... More >


Oldest skeleton ever found in the Netherlands goes on show

Oldest skeleton ever found in the Netherlands goes on show

The oldest skeleton ever found in the Netherlands is going on show for the first time at the open air museum in Arnhem as part of an exhibition about the history of the Lowlands. The skeleton belongs to a 60 year-old woman who lived around 7,500 years ago and who had several children. It was dug up in 1997 during work on the Betuwe railway line and was named Trijntje, a play of words on the name Trijntje and treintje... More >


Get ready for the 15th ‘I am not a tourist’ expat fair in Amsterdam

Get ready for the 15th ‘I am not a tourist’ expat fair in Amsterdam

Sunday 8th October 2017 sees the 15th edition of Amsterdam’s renowned ‘I am not a tourist’ Expat Fair. Come to the stunning Beurs van Berlage in the heart of Amsterdam to explore what the Netherlands has to offer you! Every year we give you the chance to take part in engaging and useful workshops, mingle with thousands of fellow internationals and network with companies from across the country in what has become the largest expat focussed event in the Netherlands.... More >