Tuesday 20 August 2019

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

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 >



Summer in the Netherlands: our favourite readers’ photos

Summer in the Netherlands: our favourite readers’ photos

We asked our readers to send us their favourite summer photos in the Netherlands. We got lots of great photos from far and wide but we had to narrow down our favourites to pick the winner, who gets two tickets to MUST. You can see all of the photos that were submitted on our Facebook page. A post shared by Dutch News (@dutchnewsnl) on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:15am PDT A summer terrace – Stepan Khachatryan A post shared by... More >


Forget savings accounts: Buy-to-let is catching on in the Netherlands

Forget savings accounts: Buy-to-let is catching on in the Netherlands

With interest rates at record lows – making the return on savings minimal – investing in property to rent out is becoming increasingly popular. Buy-to-let has been big business in Britain but is now catching on in the Netherlands as well. ‘A buy-to-let mortgage is intended specifically for someone who wants to buy residential property to rent out,’ says Ralf van Arkel, of Expat Mortgages. ‘For expats who have the financial means, it’s a great way to invest their savings and... More >


One million visitors visit listed buildings during Open Monument Days

One million visitors visit listed buildings during Open Monument Days

The annual Open Monument Days (heritage days) attracted 950,000 visitors throughout the country this past weekend. The organisation blamed the the rainy weather on the lower than usual visitor numbers. Some 4,000 listed and historically-important buildings opened their doors over the weekend to welcome visitors free-of-charge. The organisors said there were more families with young children, tourists and expats joining the tour this year. Open Monument Days has evolved into one of the country’s largest cultural events over the past... More >


Banks, bulbs, beer and oil: The 10 largest Dutch companies

Banks, bulbs, beer and oil: The 10 largest Dutch companies

Annual revenue is usually the main yardstick in judging corporate size. In the Netherlands, however, another standard has to be applied: Dutchness. Many large global companies are domiciled in the Netherlands through a shell or letterbox construction, but their presence in the domestic market is much smaller than the figures suggest. Chief among them is LyondellBasell Industries, a multinational chemical company with American and European roots, incorporated in the Netherlands and based in Rotterdam. However, its US headquarters are in Houston and its... More >



Looking for a new challenge? Climb Kilimanjaro, raise cash for War Child

Looking for a new challenge? Climb Kilimanjaro, raise cash for War Child

Dutch aid group War Child is looking for internationals with a taste of adventure to join the Kili Challenge – to climb mount Kilimanjaro and collect as much money as they possibly can to save children affected by war. If you love adventure and change, you will definitely enjoy the Kili-Challenge offered to you by War Child. You are invited to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and while you’re at it, collect as much money as you can to help children living... More >


5 great tips on how to get a prospective landlord to pick you over other hopefuls

5 great tips on how to get a prospective landlord to pick you over other hopefuls

If you are looking to rent a private property, you will have to be accepted by the landlord of the property. So how do you make sure he or she picks you, rather than the others queuing up to view? At a time where housing is in short supply, and every available space will have a number of keen tenants lining up, here are some ways in which you can stand out and persuade the landlord that you will be... More >



Amsterdam’s Paradiso: from flower power to punk and beyond

Amsterdam’s Paradiso: from flower power to punk and beyond

There can be few people in the Netherlands who have never been to Paradiso in Amsterdam. Everyone has played there – the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse… the list is endless. Next year, the celebrated former religious community centre will celebrate 50 years at the forefront of modern music. Brandon Hartley has been delving into the history books. Courtney Love was not having a good evening. The infamous lead singer of the grunge band Hole was in... More >



See out the Dutch summer with an exclusive party in Scheveningen

See out the Dutch summer with an exclusive party in Scheveningen

If you are looking for an amazing night out to celebrate the end of the summer, where better than an exclusive party at Scheveningen’s stunning Kurhaus hotel? The Kurhaus, where Europe’s elite came to take in the sea air, has seen its fair share of magical events over the years. The Rolling Stones even ran riot there in the 1960s. This year the MUST party team are back in town on September 23 for the latest edition of their legendary... More >