Tuesday 23 July 2019

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

Bilingual People: language recruitment fairs for international job-seekers

Bilingual People: language recruitment fairs for international job-seekers

Thanks to its strong economy, the Netherlands is certainly becoming a European hub recruiting for bilingual and multilingual candidates in Europe. The high quality of life standards in most cities throughout the country, also makes the Netherlands one of the most attractive location for candidates with language skills looking for an international career. (source: toplanguagejobs.com) NEXT BILINGUAL PEOPLE FAIR: AMSTERDAM, 10th SEPTEMBER – NH GRAND KRASNAPOLSKY Register HERE (Please see below for a list of future events or visit www.bilingualpeople.com)... More >


11 things you need to know about marriage in the Netherlands

11 things you need to know about marriage in the Netherlands

Planning to marry a Dutchie or attend the wedding of Dutch friends? Here’s a few key facts and other things you ought to know first. 1 How many weddings? Around 64,300 couples tied the knot in the Netherlands in 2015 (of which 1,259 were same sex couples). In addition around 13,000 people agreed a registered partnership, which is legally like a wedding but without the ceremony and cake. 2 How old are the happy couple? The average age for a... More >


Handful of arrests during EuroPride in Amsterdam

Handful of arrests during EuroPride in Amsterdam

Eight people have been arrested during EuroPride for assaulting and verbally abusing LGBT participants, Amsterdam police have told AT5. A total of 11 incidents involving abuse relating to the victim’s sexuality were logged during the opening and closing weekends of the two-week event. A police spokesman said none of the episodes involved serious violence: ‘These people were verbally abused in the street, there was a bit of pushing and shoving and the occasional punch thrown.’ Police also said they had... More >


12 men who helped shape the Netherlands into what it is today

12 men who helped shape the Netherlands into what it is today

They’ve given their names to schools, to squares and to streets – every Dutch town seems to have a Hugo de Grootstraat, for example – but who are the men behind the name plates? Here’s a quick profile of 12 masters of war, learning and thought who helped shape the Netherlands into the country it is today. Willibrordus Willibrordus (658- 739), a Northumbrian priest, is the most famous missionary to come to the Netherlands. Called the ‘apostle of the Low... More >


Actress Annet Nieuwenhuyzen dies

Actress Annet Nieuwenhuyzen dies

Award winning actress Annet Nieuwenhuyzen died on Friday at age 85. Nieuwenhuyzen, who never trained as an actress, became one of the icons of the Dutch stage during her long career. She was given the Theo d’Or theatre award twice, for Mourning becomes Electra (1965) and The Good Person of Szechwan (1975). She was awarded a Gouden Kalf for her part in the film Leedvermaak. Nieuwenhuyzen debuted in 1953 after being spotted in a student play. She was studying political... More >


Gay Pride marketing: all puns and profit

Gay Pride marketing: all puns and profit

The Gay Pride festival is used by many companies to promote their products. But let’s have some really gay-friendly policies on the workfloor, says Joep van Zijl, head of The News Makers. There’s funny puns like Power to Joohoo! (Vodafone) and AH to gay (Albert Heijn), and a tasty gaybar in a rainbow wrapping (Tony’s Chocolonely). And let’s not forget those amusing sausage and tompouce t-shirts from the Hema. It’s easy for companies to show a gay-friendly face. But actually... More >




From the sprint to swimming: Dutch ones to watch at the Rio Olympics

From the sprint to swimming: Dutch ones to watch at the Rio Olympics

The Netherlands has sent a team of 241 athletes to the Olympic Games in Rio which kick off later this week. In total the Netherlands will be represented in 21 of the 28 disciplines at the games, well up on the London squad who returned with 20 medals, including six golds. So it be medals galore for the Netherlands this year?  Here are some sportsmen and woman who stand a more than fair chance of bringing home the gold, silver... More >


10 great things to do in August

10 great things to do in August

Here’s our round-up of some of the best things to do this August, from a travelling theatre to a house of horror, from having a good laugh to checking out portraits of kings and queens. Botero’s podgy people Botero: Celebrate Life! is a retrospective of nearly a hundred colourful paintings, drawings and pastels by Columbian artist Fernando Botero (1932) plus ‘Caballo’, his giant sculpture of a horse. Botero satirises – religion, the rich and powerful, his country’s violent history- and... More >




The best of Dutch beaches: from Lloret de Holland to Timboektoe

The best of Dutch beaches: from Lloret de Holland to Timboektoe

While moaning about the bad weather may be a national pastime in the Netherlands, the country has an important and thriving beach culture – as soon as the sun comes out. Here’s our guide to Dutch beach culture and the best Dutch beaches. The Dutch coast stretches over 1,900 kilometres, from the Wadden Sea Islands in the north to the Dutch-Belgium border in Zeeland. There are naturist areas, surfer hang-outs, family beaches and a wide selection of beach bars, ranging... More >


Celebrating the 100th Vierdaagse: key facts about the four day marches

Celebrating the 100th Vierdaagse: key facts about the four day marches

The Vierdaagse – or four day march – is a very Dutch institution in which some 50,000 people walk en masse up to 220 kilometres over four days for fun and glory. This year the Nijmegen Vierdaagse is celebrating its 100th edition. Here’s some key facts 1 The first Vierdaagse The Vierdaagse first took place in 1909 when 306 (male and mostly military) participants started from 10 different army garrisons around the country to walk 35k a day for four... More >



‘Beyonce’s painting’ to go on show in Dordrecht after being found in chapel

‘Beyonce’s painting’ to go on show in Dordrecht after being found in chapel

A Dutch landscape painting that sparked a Da Vinci-style search after it appeared fleetingly in a Beyonce video has been tracked down to a chapel in Dordrecht. Sander Paalberg, curator of the Dordrechts Museum, made a public appeal to trace the painting after watching the video of Intro Denial in May. Paalberg recognised the scene as his home town but had never seen the painting before. After weeks of diligent detective work he identified the artwork as ‘View of Dordrecht’,... More >



Nine weird things to do in the Netherlands

Nine weird things to do in the Netherlands

And you thought the Netherlands was just about tulips, windmills and clogs. Don’t you believe it. There are some very strange places to check out indeed. Visit the mummies of Wiewerd Wiewerd is a tiny hamlet built on terps – raised mounds – in deepest Friesland. The story goes that in 1765, carpenters working in the church found a crypt with 11 coffins containing bodies that had become mummified. They are thought to have been members of an obscure Christian... More >