Monday 16 September 2019

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

Future leaders look no further: Nyenrode launches business admin BSc

Future leaders look no further: Nyenrode launches business admin BSc

If you think of Dutch universities, you probably think of massive campuses, packed lecture theatres and the endless debates about the use of English. But not all the country’s educational establishments are like this. University colleges are on the up and now Nyenrode Business Universiteit has launched a new bachelor’s degree in business administration. There can be few places more inspirational to study in the Netherlands than the Nyenrode campus, set in the grounds of a 17th century castle just... More >


Photographer Ed van der Elsken celebrated in Amsterdam

Photographer Ed van der Elsken celebrated in Amsterdam

Dutch photographer and film-maker Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) is perhaps most famous for his images of Amsterdam dating from the end of World War II to the 1970s. Julia Corbett has been checking out a major exhibition of his work at the Stedelijk Museum which opens on Saturday. Ed van der Elsken was, says curator Hripsimé Visser a ‘real Amsterdammer’. And capturing the best of Van der Elskens’ work in both film and photography, the Stedelijk Museum’s newest exhibition... More >


Blog watching: Amsterdamian – six years of living in Amsterdam (and counting)

Blog watching: Amsterdamian – six years of living in Amsterdam (and counting)

Dana Marin is from Romania and has been writing about her life here since she arrived in the Netherlands. In this entry from her Amsterdamian blog, Dana writes about six years of living in the Dutch capital. It’s been six years since I left my home country, Romania, on a very early and foggy morning, with a big suitcase and a small cat, and a crazy heart mixed with joy, hope, and worry. It was a December day that happened... More >


Catch top Dutch acting talent in Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives

Catch top Dutch acting talent in Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives

Leading Dutch theatre group Toneelgroep Amsterdam is gathering up rave reviews in the English-speaking world of acting. ‘I may not speak a word of Dutch but I know great acting when I see it,’ wrote theatre critic Charles McNulty in the LA Times after catching one of Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s performances during a foreign tour. ‘But the overall scope of this wonderful project was impressive because of the acting quality of Toneelgroep Amsterdam. It made you want to go straight on... More >


100 Years of De Stijl: Mondriaan to Dutch Design

100 Years of De Stijl: Mondriaan to Dutch Design

In 2017, the Netherlands is celebrating the De Stijl, the pared-down artistic movement based around straight lines and primary colours. De Stijl artists turned their hands to painting and sculpture, architecture, industrial design, typography and even to literature and music. By Deborah Nicholls-Lee In a tree-lined residential street in the outskirts of Utrecht, a row of ordinary terraced houses is abruptly interrupted by an architectural anomaly. The Rietveld Schröder House, with its bold rectangular planes of black, white and primary... More >


Erasmus scientist plays crucial role in genetics breakthrough

Erasmus scientist plays crucial role in genetics breakthrough

A major development in the world of genetics has boosted hopes of better treatment for hereditary illnesses. By Moira Holden Researchers from a Dutch university have discovered vital components of genes which could lead to significant progress in the fight to eradicate genetic conditions. Scientists have attempted to crack these codes for the past 170 years, but now the breakthrough has been achieved. Tobias Knoch, head of biophysical genomics at Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, led the study into the structure... More >


Welcoming internationals to The Hague – 10 years of FAHITH

Welcoming internationals to The Hague – 10 years of FAHITH

The Hague is the place to be during the first weekend of February, as the 10th edition of the Feel at Home in The Hague fair takes place – with the best ever line-up of cultural, culinary and community offerings. On Sunday 5 February 2017, The Feel at Home in The Hague Fair will be celebrating its 10th edition.  The fair will be officially opened by the Mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, who will address a special welcome... More >



What’s On: Rotterdam’s film festival welcomes you to Planet IFFR

What’s On: Rotterdam’s film festival welcomes you to Planet IFFR

The annual Rotterdam film festival has been regaling cinephiles with films from all over the world since 1972. It’ll be back in action this winter with another treasure trove of cinematic wonders. Brandon Hartley takes a look at the fest along with some of this year’s highlights. Whether you enjoy Oscar contenders, bizarre comedies from Japan or innovative short films, there’s something for every taste at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Now in its 46th edition, the festival is a... More >


Seven things you need to know about skating in the Netherlands

Seven things you need to know about skating in the Netherlands

A keen skater back home? Do not think the fact you can do a triple lutz or a double toe loop will be appreciated. The Dutch have been forced onto skates almost as soon as they can walk and they are into distance and speed, not kunstschaatsen. 1. Will it freeze? As soon as it starts to get cold – like now – the Netherlands is overtaken by ice fever. It starts with the television weather forecasters, but after a... More >



Dutch music export sales fail to grow for first time since 2004

Dutch music export sales fail to grow for first time since 2004

Sales of Dutch music in other countries have fallen for the first time in more than a decade, according to industry figures. The total export value in 2015 was €183.26 million, compared to €186.6 million the previous year. Since 2004 the figure has risen each year. The export trade is dominated by dance musicians and DJs such as Armin van Buuren (pictured), who account for 69% of the total. The figures were compiled by industry organisation Buma Cultuur and presented... More >


Nine Dutch national parks and one nature reserve

Nine Dutch national parks and one nature reserve

The Wadden Sea has just been voted the best nature reserve in the Netherlands. Yes, the country is small and one of the most densely populated places on earth, but it’s got plenty of natural attractions. Here are some of the best places to get away from it all – just ignore the odd Highland cow or military training exercise. 1. Schiermonnikoog The island of Schiermonnikoog (‘Schier’ is Middle Dutch for ‘grey’ and refers to the colour of the habit of... More >


Chinese approve Dutch panda preparations

Chinese approve Dutch panda preparations

Chinese zoo inspectors have approved the new panda compound at Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen, NOS writes. The zoo, which is hoping to welcome a pair of giant panda’s from China in the spring, spent €7m on the compound which was reportedly judged by the Chinese as one of the most beautiful they had seen so far. An earlier version did not pass muster but was improved to meet the exacting standards of the Chinese zoo authorities. ‘It’s an incredibly beautiful,... More >


2016 was a bad year for Dutch film: too many productions say experts

2016 was a bad year for Dutch film: too many productions say experts

Just one in eight people who went to the cinema in the Netherlands last year saw a Dutch film, the NRC reported on Tuesday. Figures from the Dutch film distributors organisation FDN and the cinema owners’ organisation NVBF show that 12.6% of visitors went to a Dutch production, compared with around 20% in previous years. The total number of cinema visits rose 3.7% to over 34 million. The biggest Dutch hit was romantic comedy Soof 2, which attracted over 500,000... More >



Seven Dutch ways to bring in the New Year

Seven Dutch ways to bring in the New Year

Out with the old and in with the new: Brandon Harley has some typically Dutch suggestions to celebrate the New Year Protect your fingers and letting others set off the fireworks Where can you watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve? Well, there’s a good chance that one of your neighbours will spend a month’s salary on plenty of them so all you need to do is look out a window around midnight (or, in many areas, immediately after sunset, local... More >


Last-minute tips for comparing your health insurance

Last-minute tips for comparing your health insurance

You’ve just a few days left to decide whether or not to change health insurance provider or policy next year. It can be tough to find the time to organize your health insurance for 2017, especially during the busy holiday season. Yet, it is very important to check whether your current policy still suits your needs and provides value for money before the end of the year. Switching to another health insurance provider may easily save up you to €300.... More >


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 >