Tuesday 26 May 2020

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

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 >


From visiting borgs to singing sea shanties: 11 great things to do in September

From visiting borgs to singing sea shanties: 11 great things to do in September

It’s almost September, so here is our list of some of the best things to see and do next month – from visiting Groningen’s historic country houses to watching a Greek tragedy and checking out the wonders at the Netherlands’ botanical gardens. Sample different cultures The annual Embassy Festival in The Hague is all about great music and delicious food. Visit the cultures of exotic countries against the backdrop of the Lange Voorhout which is saying a temporary goodbye to... More >



Decoding the history and mysteries of the Dutch national anthem

Decoding the history and mysteries of the Dutch national anthem

Suggestions that the next government might make lessons about the Wilhelmus part of the Dutch school curriculum led to raised eyebrows and considerable criticism earlier this month. But then, as Ryan Walmsley reports, the world’s oldest national anthem is steeped in heritage, myths and misunderstandings. It’s the 1570s. Spain is in the midst of a golden age after conquering the mighty Incan and Aztec empires. Silver, gold and other treasures from the New World are flowing into the Spanish Hapsburg’s coffers... More >


Dutch food which has officially protected status within the EU

Dutch food which has officially protected status within the EU

You thought the Netherlands was all mashed potato dishes, cheese and herring when it comes to traditional food? But there are a fair few Dutch items on the EU’s official lists – even if rather a lot are cheese. And just so you know what we are talking about,the EU logos PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) indicate region while TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) means the production process is as old as the hills. Hanneke Sannou... More >


Ash trees may disappear from Dutch landscape because of fungus

Ash trees may disappear from Dutch landscape because of fungus

A fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, also known as Chalara ash dieback, is wreaking havoc among ash trees in the Netherlands and foresters fear that in the worst case scenario 98% of all ash trees could die, the Volkskrant reports. The Chalara fungus, which is thought to have come into the country from Asia via Poland and the Baltic states around 2007, causes leaf loss, crown dieback and bark lesions. Once a tree is infected it will die, either from the... More >


Eleven things you need to know about Dutch women’s football

Eleven things you need to know about Dutch women’s football

With the Dutch women’s team having won the European title for the first time in their history, here’s a few key facts about female football in the Netherlands. 1 The first female team The first female team, the Oostzaanse Vrouwenvoetbal Vereeniging, emerged in 1924 but was soon side-lined by the Nederlandse Voetbalbond, the precursor of the KNVB, which was of the opinion that the role of women should be restricted to  that of ‘wife, mother or fiancée of football players’.... More >


From pride to paper miracles: 11 great things to do in August

From pride to paper miracles: 11 great things to do in August

Spending your summer at home and looking for some tips for great days out? Here’s some suggestions. Be proud The main event in August is Gay Pride or Pride Amsterdam, as it now inclusively styles itself. There are activities galore, such as the Drag queen Olympics and Bear Necessity (for extremely hairy men) with the Canal Parade on August 5 as an exuberant highlight. Until August 6, Amsterdam. Website Find love in Sloterpark On August 12 Amsterdam’s Sloterpark becomes Loveland.... More >


Top blogs: From cartoon Englishmen to the best food in Amsterdam

Top blogs: From cartoon Englishmen to the best food in Amsterdam

When you move to a new country, there’s nothing like getting some good information from people who have done it before. In the past, you’d have to venture out of your house and actually meet people to get that sort of knowledge. But now, anyone can share their insider tips on the internet for all to read. Molly Quell compiled a list of her favourite Netherlands-based bloggers Invader Stu Invader Stu is one of the most famous of all of... More >


Eight Dutch scientists who changed the world

Eight Dutch scientists who changed the world

We’d suggest calling the following Dutch scientists ‘clever clogs’ if it wasn’t so disrespectful. So we won’t. But these eight theorists and inventors from the Netherlands made breakthroughs that shaped our modern world. Christiaan Huygens Christiaan Huygens (1629 -1695) was a mathematician, astronomer and physicist. Huygens formulated the wave theory of light, determined the shape of the rings of Saturn and contributed to the science of dynamics. Late in life he speculated about life on other planets, niftily sailing around the... More >



Mother of Eurovision trio OG3NE dies of cancer at 47

Mother of Eurovision trio OG3NE dies of cancer at 47

The mother of the three sisters who performed the Dutch entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has died of cancer. Isolde Vol-Melee, 47, was the inspiration for the song Light and Shadows, performed by her daughters Lisa, Amy and Shelley. Despite being terminally ill with bone cancer she travelled to Kiev in May to watch the trio perform in the competition. In a statement, the family said: ‘We are confident that her fighting spirit and eternal smile will give us the... More >


Blogwatching: Amsterdive – The good old language struggle

Blogwatching: Amsterdive – The good old language struggle

Ana V. Martins is a Portuguese actress and a writer who lives in Amsterdam. Her blog, AmsterDive, is about her relationship with Amsterdam with a focus on arts and culture. In this post, she writes about a common problem among many internationals – losing her native language. Yesterday I was thinking of the downs of living ‘abroad’. I must say I very rarely ask myself this question, but I know that this is a very relatable topic to most expats.... More >