Monday 08 March 2021

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

High earnings potential? Mass investments hit magic truffle business

High earnings potential? Mass investments hit magic truffle business

Campaigners and investors believe the Netherlands is the perfect place to launch a legal magic truffel microdosing industry. In the village of Horst, Limburg, is a 1,000 square meter farming facility preparing to harvest its first 1000 kilograms of psylocibin sclerotia – known colloquially as magic truffles – the psychedelic mycelium that have been drawing tourists to the Netherlands for decades. The farm’s manager, Hans Derix, left his position as an addiction therapist in Thailand to oversee what he believes... More >


Coronavirus-free: 10 of the best DutchNews.nl features which don’t mention Covid-19

Coronavirus-free: 10 of the best DutchNews.nl features which don’t mention Covid-19

Had enough of news about coronavirus and looking for a little light reading during the holidays? Here are 10 of the best DutchNews.nl features from 2020 – none of which are about Covid-19. Gefeliciteerd! Why do the Dutch have calendars in their loos? While you’re knocking your knees against the wall or developing frostbite while washing your hands, you might have noticed a curious feature in the Dutch loo: a calendar. And not just any calendar, but a yearly birthday... More >


A letter to all our readers from the DutchNews.nl team

A letter to all our readers from the DutchNews.nl team

Dear readers Thank you for supporting DutchNews.nl this past year. The financial support and your emails of encouragement have made it possible for us to keep covering the most extraordinary year any of us has ever known. When we wrote our first article about coronavirus at the end of January – about 20 Dutch nationals who lived in Wuhan, China – we had no idea that 12 months later Covid-19 would come to dominate our news coverage for a year.... More >


Looking for legal advice? Divorce, jobs and tenancy rights

Looking for legal advice? Divorce, jobs and tenancy rights

Has your job been affected by coronavirus? Has working at home driven you and your partner into divorce proceedings? And what are your rights as a tenant? Here’s a round-up of what you need to know, courtesy of GMW lawyers. Losing your job during the coronavirus pandemic: what to do There’s not much worse than facing dismissal, except perhaps for losing your job now in the current crisis. Companies are failing, jobs are scarcer, and just getting to an interview... More >


Euro vision: Going green on a budget in the Netherlands

Euro vision: Going green on a budget in the Netherlands

Planning to go green in 2021? It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to transition into a greener lifestyle. Here are seven tips for becoming a more caring consumer when living in the Netherlands. So you’ve been thinking of ways to go green. You commit to going vegan, organic and plastic-free all in one day. You tell yourself, ‘Okay, I’m only going to shop at Ekoplaza now. No more Albert Heijn. I’m going organic and I’m doing... More >


Watch the world’s Christmas cultural offerings in your Dutch home

Watch the world’s Christmas cultural offerings in your Dutch home

Bring the arts into your home this holiday season with digital options from some of the best cultural providers in the world. Whether you are looking for the festive cheer of a traditional British panto or if you want to explore a museum from your armchair, we have some top tips to help you stay full of cheer. Watch Marquee TV – This subscription based performing arts platform helps arts providers bring in much needed funds while the theatres are... More >


A good slice: Papa John’s gives a portion of Christmas pizzas to charity

A good slice: Papa John’s gives a portion of Christmas pizzas to charity

Traditionally, we think more about turkey at Christmas than pizza…but orders are up by 20% year on year at Papa John’s and the chain is keen to give something back. This year, the chain is partnering with the Dutch Red Cross, and inviting hungry diners to donate €1 of their pizza deal to the charity’s food bank appeal – which the chain will then double. ‘All shoppers can donate to the charity,’ said a spokesman. ‘The festive season is a period... More >


Curtains for film festivals? Dutch cinemas versus the Covid-19 crisis

Curtains for film festivals? Dutch cinemas versus the Covid-19 crisis

Cinemas all over the world are wrapping up their most difficult year in decades and in the Netherlands are once again closed to the public. Here’s how several film festivals and theatres in the Netherlands are fairing in a winter of uncertainty. On an afternoon in early November, the front of the Trianon Cinema in Leiden looked like something out of a post-apocalyptic horror movie. Any other year, its displays would be full of posters for big-budget Christmastime releases like... More >


‘The whole concept of layering clothing is surely something the Dutch invented’

‘The whole concept of layering clothing is surely something the Dutch invented’

Italian theatre maker and opera singer Carla Regina (51) performs all over the world but has made Amsterdam her base for the last 20 years. Though used to being the prima donna onstage, offstage she loves the Dutch refusal to make a melodrama over small things but does think they could dress up a bit more for special occasions. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I came here for two reasons. I finished my studies in at the... More >


Meet the expat over-60s grappling with a new life in the Netherlands

Meet the expat over-60s grappling with a new life in the Netherlands

‘I seem to be always reading about young people relocating to the Netherlands, but I feel like us over 60s are not around,’ a reader told DutchNews.nl earlier this year. ‘Does anyone relocate this late in life?’ we wondered, and decided to find out. ‘I feel like I’m a rare breed,’ Debbie Akkerdaas wrote in October. The 64-year-old moved to Zeeland from the US in 2014 to seek cancer treatment for her Dutch husband. She describes the Netherlands as ‘a... More >


16 Dutch words which sound English, but which may not mean what they seem

16 Dutch words which sound English, but which may not mean what they seem

The Dutch are very good at inventing both wonderful and useful words. Take horeca, for example – what better word could you have to describe the HOtel, REstaurant and CAfe industry. Or take any of the words that end up nominated for the various new words of the year competitions for that matter However, some English and English-sounding words words have entered the Dutch vocabulary which don’t mean quite what you might think. Here are some to watch out for.... More >


Still working from home? Ditch the domestic duties and say hello to a Helpling hand

Still working from home? Ditch the domestic duties and say hello to a Helpling hand

Had enough of both working from home and dealing with domestic duties? Are you spending your Saturdays sweeping up? Or are the cobwebs under the cupboard getting just a bit too visible. This might be the right time to take the plunge and find a cleaner. ‘There are many nicer things to do than spend your time cleaning,’ says Michelle van Os, managing director of Helpling, an online marketplace which has been connecting households in the Netherlands with reputable cleaners... More >


From castles to ballet in your sitting room: 14 great things to do in December

From castles to ballet in your sitting room: 14 great things to do in December

There are plenty of Christmassy things to see and do this month, despite coronavirus. Here’s a list of suggestions. Listen in on an online relationship talk You could be forgiven for thinking that The Churchill Complex is what has been ailing Boris Johnson but it is, in fact, the title of Dutch historian Ian Buruma’s new book. The John Adams Institute has invited him to give a talk about the Special Relationship which sprung up between America and Great Britain... More >



In-company Dutch lessons with Taalthuis are boosting worker morale during Covid

In-company Dutch lessons with Taalthuis are boosting worker morale during Covid

With many offices now empty due to social distancing regulations, company-sponsored Dutch lessons are proving a great way for international recruits to reconnect with colleagues while undertaking professional development. ‘Everyone is complaining that they are missing that social contact with others,’ says Tess Schuurman-Visser of Taalthuis Dutch language school, whose in-company lessons have been more valuable than ever during the pandemic. ‘So many people are working from home and, apart from meetings through Zoom, they don’t see each other. If... More >


How three Dutch bicycle companies are changing the way we pedal

How three Dutch bicycle companies are changing the way we pedal

The Netherlands is home to some of the most innovative bicycle manufacturers on the planet. Here’s how three of them are helping to change the world of cycling as we know it. Dutch bicycles have a reputation for being tough. They have to be in a nation where most of them are parked outdoors year-round. Take a walk on a windy day and you’ll find dozens of them knocked over and blocking your path along the sidewalks. Thankfully, they can... More >


Reasons to be cheerful: Nine things you should do now

Reasons to be cheerful: Nine things you should do now

So coronavirus is back with us for the foreseeable future, and unlike first time round, the ‘let’s make the best of it’ approach seems to have all but disappeared. Winter is drawing in, people no longer stop and let you pass in the street with a smile, and politicians appear to be on the verge of cancelling Christmas. Last week, the extra strict measures were lifted by the government but cafes and restaurants are still shut, and parties are definitely... More >


Coronavirus, companies and the 30% ruling: Dutch tax news update

Coronavirus, companies and the 30% ruling: Dutch tax news update

There has been a flurry of tax related news in recent weeks, as we head towards the end of 2020.  Here is a round-up of the main news you should be aware of. Company coronavirus problems – tax deferral scheme reopened Hot off the presses earlier this month was a decision by the finance ministry to give companies struggling with coronavirus issues more time to pay their tax bills. If you are self employed or are a company owner and... More >


Primed for success: Amity International’s primary school gets IB accreditation

Primed for success: Amity International’s primary school gets IB accreditation

The International Baccalaureate differs from the traditional Dutch curriculum in its approach. We catch up with Amity International School Amsterdam to find out about what children, parents and teachers love about the programme and why full accreditation is cause for celebration.  Since opening its doors in 2018, Amity International School Amsterdam in Amstelveen has been going from strength to strength. Some 250 pupils, aged 3 to 15, now enjoy the campus’s stunning facilities and caring atmosphere and there are still places... More >