Monday 22 July 2019

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

How to celebrate Christmas in the Netherlands

How to celebrate Christmas in the Netherlands

Like most other places where they celebrate Christmas, the Netherlands does tend to grind to a halt until the New Year. But what else should you be aware of about the festive season in the Low Countries? Here’s the traditional DutchNews.nl list of 10 key things you need to know about Christmas in the Netherlands. Christmas trees Tradition has it that Christmas trees don’t make an appearance in the Netherlands until after Sinterklaas, so as soon as the Sint has... More >



Water from heaven celebrated with Amsterdam beer launch

Water from heaven celebrated with Amsterdam beer launch

It rains a lot in the Netherlands, as anyone living here cannot have failed to notice. So why not do something useful with it? Molly Quell looks at a new beer brewed using rainwater. A flood in Copenhagen in 2011 resulted in much damage to the city. But it also began the development of Amsterdam’s first beer made from rainwater. The widespread water problems in the Danish capital set off alarm bells among Amsterdam officials. The city’s waterboard Waternet came... More >


Fragments of 400-year-old carpet recovered from North Sea wreck go on display

Fragments of 400-year-old carpet recovered from North Sea wreck go on display

Fragments of a carpet that survived 400 years at the bottom of the Waddenzee have gone on display on the island of Texel. The 13 pieces were recovered from a wreck that also contained a dress from the court of King Charles I of England. Archaeologists say the ship, discovered by local divers in 2009, is a ‘time capsule’ because of the well-preserved state of the artefacts. Experts believe that the carpet, which contains images of real and mythical beasts... More >


Half of beach cafes staying open through winter

Half of beach cafes staying open through winter

Beach cafes are increasingly staying open through the winter as catering on the coast becomes more popular and sophisticated, a survey has found. This year 162 out of the 321 coastal cafes will be open all year round, compared to 120 five years ago. The busiest stretch of coastline, at Scheveningen near The Hague, has been relatively late in adopting the trend with only one restaurant, De Waterreus, having a year-round licence. Better facilities and the introduction of winter menus,... More >


Great things to do in the Netherlands over the Christmas break

Great things to do in the Netherlands over the Christmas break

Christmas lights, winter circuses, shopping for that perfect present and seasonal theatre – there is a lot on in the Netherlands for the festive season. Esther O’Toole has a few suggestions. Amsterdam Winter Parade A massive hit over the last few years this dinner and theatre event provides an unusual alternative to your usual Christmas fare. Waiter and entertainers use the table as a stage and perform both theatrical and culinary wonders for your delight. Kid friendly (adult supervision needed,... More >


Number of Michelin three-star restaurants stays at two

Number of Michelin three-star restaurants stays at two

Five Dutch restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars for the first time, but the Netherlands was unable to add to its pair of three-star establishments in the new edition of the French guide. De Librije in Zwolle and Restaurant De Leest in Vaassen, Gelderland, remain the only two restaurants to earn the highest Michelin accolade, meaning they are deemed ‘worthy of a special journey’. The 2016 ratings were announced at a ceremony in Amsterdam’s De La Mar Theatre on Monday. Restaurant... More >



Cartoonist Peter van Straaten, acute observer of Dutch life, dies aged 81

Cartoonist Peter van Straaten, acute observer of Dutch life, dies aged 81

Peter van Straaten, one of the Netherland’s best-loved cartoonists, has died at the age of 81. Van Straaten, who had been ill for some time, was a sharp observer of the Dutch mores, both political and social. Whether it was arty women, inept lovers, wine bores or relationship problems, Van Straaten’s cartoons were always close to the bone. His long-running series Father and Son which he did for newspaper Het Parool sketched the confrontations between an irascible conservative father and... More >


This man photographed strangers in front of the same wall for seven years

This man photographed strangers in front of the same wall for seven years

In 2009 artist Hans Rietbergen started photographing people as they walked past his home for a series of portraits of everyday street life in The Hague. Nearly 2,000 shots later, he tells Gordon Darroch (no. 1958) how a small project turned into a personal odyssey. If you were asked to name the most photographed spots in the Netherlands you’d probably think of the Rijksmuseum, the bulb fields outside Haarlem or the Kinderdijk windmills. Not a nondescript brick wall in The Hague. But over the... More >


Dutch films fail to pull in the punters this year

Dutch films fail to pull in the punters this year

2016 has not been a good year for the Dutch film industry, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday. Recent industry figures indicate that the Dutch share of the total market is at an all-time low, with Dutch-made films representing only 10% of cinema revenue. This is down 50% on previous years. The year has been marked by a number of resounding flops, such as Prooi by Dick Maas and De Held by Menno Meyjes which only attracted 31,000 and 21,000 visitors... More >



How online maps are helping Haiti rebuild after Hurricane Matthew

How online maps are helping Haiti rebuild after Hurricane Matthew

Since Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti last month Paul Uithol and a team of volunteers have been using online maps to help rebuild devastated communities, as he explains to Moira Holden Modern disaster relief is about data as much as food and shelter. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to hit the Atlantic for a decade, aid agencies in Haiti have been using data from OpenStreetMap to plan the distribution of vital supplies to areas of the country. ‘Not everywhere is... More >


Dutch health insurance: make sure you check your policy

Dutch health insurance: make sure you check your policy

Dutch health insurance premiums and provisions fluctuate every year so it is definitely worthwhile checking whether your current insurance policy still suits your needs and your budget. The end of the year is the time when Dutch health insurance companies go all out to attract new customers with tempting offers and special deals. In fact, the difference between the cheapest and most expensive health insurance policies on offer in the Netherlands will go up to over € 250 euro in... More >


British royal painting return to their spiritual home of the Netherlands

British royal painting return to their spiritual home of the Netherlands

Works of art owned by the British royal family are back on Dutch soil in an exhibition, At Home in Holland, at the Mauritshuis, The Hague. By Moira Holden The paintings now on loan from queen Elizabeth II were originally collected by her predecessors during a surge of enthusiasm for the Dutch artists of the Golden Age. Most of the 22 paintings on display today were bought by George IV during the early 19th century. This royal collection is considered... More >


Amsterdam Light Festival brightens up dark days

Amsterdam Light Festival brightens up dark days

From tulips to lace, from the experimental to the spectacular, this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival involves 35 art installations across the city, giving locals and tourists a light spectacle during December and January. By Julia Corbett Picked from a selection of 1800 applicants, designers, architects and artists have contributed from all over the world to create light art that is innovative and designed specifically to be showcased in Amsterdam. Now in its 5th year, Amsterdam Light Festival can be enjoyed... More >



10 of the best: DutchNews.nl readers photograph the Netherlands

10 of the best: DutchNews.nl readers photograph the Netherlands

To celebrate DutchNews.nl’s 10th anniversary, we asked our Facebook page friends to submit their favourite photos which they think best sum up the Netherlands. Yes, all the cliches were there, but so was Albert Einstein. Here are the five winners and the five runners-up. This photo had so many votes on Facebook, we suspect a little help from family and friends. But it was also a winner with the DutchNews.nl team. This reminds us of walks on a chilly winter’s... More >


Opposition parties call for extra €14m for arts sector

Opposition parties call for extra €14m for arts sector

Opposition parties have called for an extra €14 million to be invested in the arts, partly reversing the budget cuts imposed by the current government. The Socialist Party and the progressive liberal D66 group say the money should go to groups that are supported by the arts council or funding body for the performing arts but missed out on funding because of cutbacks. Last year the two parties backed an extra €10 million funding package by the government to offset... More >