Thursday 27 January 2022

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

Home work: the practicalities of buying a house in the Netherlands

Home work: the practicalities of buying a house in the Netherlands

You’ve found your dream house, or you are looking for one. But what is the exact process for taking out a mortgage in the Netherlands? The first step, actually before you even start looking, is to properly understand the Dutch house financing system, says Michael Smits, mortgage adviser for expats at ABN AMRO. For a start, you must intend to live in the Netherlands within the next six months to buy a house here with major lenders. However, it is... More >


Back to the future: self-driving boats to ease Amsterdam congestion

Back to the future: self-driving boats to ease Amsterdam congestion

From houseboats to floating farms, when space gets tight, the Dutch turn to their ample waterways. The latest example: the Roboat—or robotic boat—an autonomous, electric vessel that works as a water taxi, waste collection system, bridge, and even a floating stage. Lauren Comiteau took a ride on a prototype of one of the new vehicles in Amsterdam’s city centre to see what it’s all about. From the basin of Marineterrein Amsterdam, where the Roboat’s creators demonstrate how she moves, the... More >


You’ve still got one month to decide whether to change health insurer

You’ve still got one month to decide whether to change health insurer

You’ve only got a month left to decide whether or not to stick with your current health insurance provider. Maybe you you can’t be bothered, or think there is no point? So here are the answers to some of the most common questions people have when deciding whether or not to make the switch. Is there any point in comparing health insurance prices? Yes there is. The difference between different policies can be far more than a euro or two.... More >


How to get that dream job: Six tips for a great video interview

How to get that dream job: Six tips for a great video interview

If you are applying for a job and your CV and motivation letter convinced the hiring manager you could be just the person they are looking for, chances are the next step is an invitation to an interview – but what if it is online? Video interviews were pretty common before coronavirus, to shorten hiring time and to improve accessibility for applicants based further away. But with with working from home remaining the norm, interviews via Zoom or Google Meets... More >


Sinterklaas and Christmas: Eleven great things to do in December

Sinterklaas and Christmas: Eleven great things to do in December

No evenings at the theatre or cinema, no late night Christmas parties in your local cafe, no New Year fireworks: for many people the end of 2021 will seem strangely lacking. Still, there is plenty to do in the festive month. Everything on this list is, of course, subject to changes in the coronavirus rules, but here’s what we think will happen. Check beforehand. Don’t see the light The Amsterdam Festival of Light this year will lose a bit of... More >


Buying a house in the Netherlands? You have lots of mortgages to choose from

Buying a house in the Netherlands? You have lots of mortgages to choose from

The shortage of houses for sale and the record low interests dominate much of the talk about the housing market at the moment. But how much do you know about the different types of mortgage on offer? At the moment in the Netherlands you can deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage from your taxable income, provided you meet certain conditions – and have the right type of mortgage. How much you can claim depends on your income and... More >


Share your voice on work, on the job training and careers

Share your voice on work, on the job training and careers

After running surveys on quality of life and healthcare, the Share My Voice organisation is now turning to the field of work, with its third survey. Participate and fill out the survey here. The new survey will focus on international workers views on training and education at work and on their wishes and opportunities for further developing their careers. The aim, the organisers say, is to ‘improve the employment conditions and quality of life for labour migrants in the Netherlands’.... More >


Dutch hand over Rietveld pavilion to Estonia for Venice Art Biennale

Dutch hand over Rietveld pavilion to Estonia for Venice Art Biennale

The Netherlands has broken with over 60 years of tradition by formally handing over to Estonia its coveted exhibition space, the Rietveld Pavilion, for the 2022 Venice Art Biennale. The Mondrian Fund, the commissioners for the Dutch entry, surprised the art world when they announced last year that the Netherlands would not exhibit in Venice’s prestigious Giardini. Visual and performative artist Melanie Bonajo will represent the Netherlands and will exhibit instead at La Chiesetta della Misericordia, a deconsecrated 13th century... More >


Zest for change: the waste collection app rescuing electronics to orange peel

Zest for change: the waste collection app rescuing electronics to orange peel

According to waste collection warriors Seenons, ‘waste is only waste if we waste it’. As big-name companies sign up to their app, we find out how one of Amsterdam’s fastest growing startups is rescuing the valuable raw materials in the stuff we throw away. Liqueur company Dik & Schil regularly receive morning deliveries of coffee and freshly squeezed oranges at their workspace in Amsterdam. But the juice and hot coffee have been enjoyed elsewhere – it’s the grounds and the... More >


This is how much your health plan costs in 2022 (and why you should switch)

This is how much your health plan costs in 2022 (and why you should switch)

The annual window for changing your health insurance has officially begun. Comparing and switching plans should pay off, as price differences have increased yet again. Here is what you need to know for 2022. Dutch health insurance companies have increased their premiums in 2022 by €48 a year on average. According to Zorgwijzer’s price overview, the average basic health insurance accounts to €128.30 euro per month with the statutory €385 own risk payment. Roughly 85% of the population is insured... More >


Dutch health insurance: what changes in 2022?

Dutch health insurance: what changes in 2022?

The government expects health insurance premiums to rise by around €2.75 a month next year. So what do you need to know? Every year the government outlines what it expects the price of health insurance will be when it publishes its spending plans for the following year on the third Tuesday in September. This year, the government said it was forecasting a rise of €2.75 a month, which would take the average premium to around €121.25 a month. The figure... More >


How can businesses adapt to the demands of the coronavirus age?

How can businesses adapt to the demands of the coronavirus age?

With coronavirus still likely to be with us next spring, its impact on all parts of life is becoming increasingly permanent. But what does that mean for entrepreneurs and the development of new ways of working? If you put together a group of business leaders with handful of visionaries and a sprinkling of change-makers, what will come out of their talks? It’s a question that the BASE Conference team are hoping to answer with this year’s event. The 2021 Base... More >


Stylish storage: world’s first publicly accessible art depot opens in Rotterdam

Stylish storage: world’s first publicly accessible art depot opens in Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum is still under renovation but has transferred its entire collection to its stunning new warehouse opposite and made museum history. Passengers in glass elevators make vertical journeys either side of a six-storey atrium and watch the glass-encased objects stream past. Zigzagging around them are clear-sided walkways where people in white coats gaze into transparent rooms or shuffle in and out of storage spaces. Downstairs, a docking system awaits new arrivals, but they’ll have to acclimatise... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 key facts about beer

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 key facts about beer

With the nights drawing in, what better thing to do follow the DutchNews.nl inburgering course? Lesson 26: Beer Beer brewing in the Netherlands dates back to the 9th century, though craft beer has recently experienced a considerable resurgence in the country. Ever since Heineken won the gold medal for its pilsner at the World’s Fair in 1889, the Dutch have been known for that brewery and style, but brewing in the Netherlands is much more than that. Beer was not... More >


Lucky for some. Here are 13 great things to do in November

Lucky for some. Here are 13 great things to do in November

Amazing art, stunning stars and taking the mickey out of cheese heads – there is an awful lot to see and do on the cultural circuit this November. Go to university Combine a stroll through the oldest botanical gardens in the Netherlands with a visit to the historical Oude Sterrewacht (old observatory), also at Leiden University, and find out what astronomers discovered during a century of star gazing. Weekends only. From November 1. Website See the Dutch through their eyes... More >


Smile please: what you need to know about Dutch dentistry

Smile please: what you need to know about Dutch dentistry

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about how dentistry works in the Netherlands. You may not need insurance, for example, and the prices you pay are up to the government, not the dentist. Here’s what you need to know Prevention is better than cure The Dutch approach to dental care in general is very much focused on prevention, says Maaike van Schaik, of Amsterdam dental clinic Tandarts Jordaan. ‘We try to stop problems from developing in the first... More >


Selfies in cemeteries: dark tourism in the Netherlands

Selfies in cemeteries: dark tourism in the Netherlands

Dark tourists on a quest for the Netherlands’ nastiest narratives raises ethical questions about the commodification of some of the country’s most solemn sites. But condemning the practice without considering its context, say some, misses the point. Amsterdammer Claudia Crobatia has visited many cemeteries, but mostly as a tourist rather than a mourner. ‘It’s the closest you can get to the mystery of death itself,’ says the death awareness coach, who founded A Course in Dying in 2016 to help... More >


DN is now 15 years old, and we’d like to know what you think

DN is now 15 years old, and we’d like to know what you think

DutchNews.nl was founded in 2006 to provide an English summary of the main Dutch news in English, which was emailed as a PDF to 800 people! Since then we have grown into a fully-fledged news website with a team of experienced journalists and thousands of readers a day. So what else can we do, and how can we improve? Please let us know by filling in this short survey, in complete confidence. Loading… More >


City lights: take a boat cruise for ‘best of’ Amsterdam Light Festival

City lights: take a boat cruise for ‘best of’ Amsterdam Light Festival

As the dark nights draw in, Amsterdam city lights up. This winter will mark the 10th year of the Amsterdam Light Festival and art afficionados believe there is no better way to see it than by boat tour. ‘It gives a magical atmosphere to the Amsterdam canals,’ says Timo Haaker, founder of electric boat company Starboard boats. ‘The canals of Amsterdam are unique and beautiful even without the art, but light art gives them an extra dimension. A lot of the pieces... More >


Curtain’s up again on English language theatre in the Netherlands

Curtain’s up again on English language theatre in the Netherlands

With theatres open again after the long hiatus, it’s a great time to be richly entertained while giving the sector some much-needed support. For productions in English, look for the ‘language no problem’ label at Dutch theatres or check the agendas of the many English-language theatre companies dotted around the Randstad. Amsterdam Queen’s English Theatre Company QETC has brought two decades of high quality English-language theatre to the capital with a company of native English speaking, professionally trained actors. Productions... More >