Monday 22 July 2019

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

France to close down Amsterdam’s Institut Français

France to close down Amsterdam’s Institut Français

France is closing down its cultural institute in Amsterdam and is looking to sell its listed building on the Vijzelgracht, the Parool says, quoting teachers who work there. The Institut Français will close on July 1 after 83 years in the city, and most of the 25 members of staff will be out of a job, the paper says. The institute, which used to be known as the Maison Descartes, was set up in 1933 and has been located in... More >


Hieronymus Bosch museum extends hours again to meet demand

Hieronymus Bosch museum extends hours again to meet demand

The Dutch museum staging the successful exhibition of work by Hieronymus Bosch has again extended its opening hours to cope with demand for the show. By the end of March, all 380,000 tickets for the show had been sold, including for late night openings on some evenings. Now extra tickets have been made available for the May holiday, when the museum will open from 8am to 1am. On the final weekend of the show, May 7 and 8, it will... More >


14 things you may or may not know about Johan Cruijff

14 things you may or may not know about Johan Cruijff

Dutch football legend Johan Cruijff died at the end of last month at the age of 68. A number of initiatives are underway to commemorate the life of the man credited with pioneering the Dutch system of ‘total football’. In the meantime, here are 14 facts about the world’s most famous number 14. 1 Johan Cruijff joined the Ajax academy when he was 10 but initially preferred to play… baseball. Fortunately wiser heads convinced him to opt for a footballing... More >


Ukrainians in the Netherlands react to the Dutch no vote

Ukrainians in the Netherlands react to the Dutch no vote

Last week the Dutch took part in a referendum on the treaty of association between the EU and Ukraine. Just under one third of the electorate bothered to vote, but those who did voted 62% to 38% against the treaty. Graham Dockery spoke to two Ukrainians in the Netherlands about the result. ‘If I could have voted, I would have voted no,’ Anna stated bluntly. ‘Ukraine has to deal with its own problems first before getting into any kind of... More >


A guide to some of the Netherlands’ best coffee shops (no, not those!)

A guide to some of the Netherlands’ best coffee shops (no, not those!)

Tired of coffee that comes out of a plastic capsule? If you’d rather down a mug full of Folgers than a cup of coffee spat out of a machine operated by an indifferent waitress, well, keep reading. Here’s Brandon Hartley’s rundown on some of the best independent coffee cafes in the country. Feel free to include your own picks in the comments section below. Sweet Cup – Amsterdam In the Netherlands, the term ‘coffee shop’ has become synonymous with a... More >


10 great things to do in April

10 great things to do in April

From floating tulips and Pinocchio to clarinet music and Gainsborough portraits, here’s our pick of the best things to do in April. Gasp at Gainsborough’s portraits Gainsborough In His Own Words is the first exhibition in the Netherlands to feature the work of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788). He was the dominant British portraitist of the second half of the 18th century, although he preferred painting landscapes. The portrait shown here is from 1758 and is of his daughters Mary and Margaret.... More >



A good read: the best Dutch stories on the web this month

A good read: the best Dutch stories on the web this month

Cooking for refugees, real green electricity and a ban on short skirts. Ahead of the holiday weekend, here is our pick of the best longer reads from the international media and DutchNews.nl over the past month. From lawyer to chef Website Quartz carries a fascinating story about Syrian lawyer Kamal Naaje who is now cooking for hundreds of asylum seekers at an Amsterdam refugee centre.  ‘Dutch food is good – the volunteers are very generous in bringing it to us... More >


‘How could you do this, Karadzic?’ asks Srebrenica mother

‘How could you do this, Karadzic?’ asks Srebrenica mother

Munira Subasic, president of the ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’, will be in court when former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic hears his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), writes Jesse Wieten. ‘This will be an historic judgment for both the victims and Bosnia and Herzegovina,’ Subasic said in an interview with Dutchnews.nl. Munira Subasic lost 22 relatives in the massacre at Srebrenica in July 1995, including her husband and son. During the Bosnian war the ‘safe... More >


New calls to release Morgan, killer whale caught off Dutch coast

New calls to release Morgan, killer whale caught off Dutch coast

By Senay Boztas There was a tidal wave of reaction when the American park chain SeaWorld announced it would stop breeding killer whales and end controversial ‘theatrical shows’ last week. But scientists and activists are concerned about what this means for Morgan, an orca found off the coast of the Netherlands in 2010. This female killer whale has ended up living ‘under SeaWorld’s care’ at an amusement park called Loro Parque in Tenerife. SeaWorld, which operates in San Diego, Orlando... More >


Video: A Syrian refugee family in the Dutch village of Kessel-Eik

Video: A Syrian refugee family in the Dutch village of Kessel-Eik

It is now five years since the start of the Syrian conflict and since then, thousands of Syrian refugees have come to the Netherlands to make a new life. The conflict has triggered the world’s largest displacement crisis. Half of all Syrians have fled their homes, around 4.8 million of them have become refugees outside the country, mostly in neighbouring Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq. The Thomson Reuters Foundation has been following Hanadi and her family who now live in... More >


Jobs, language, the weather: why don’t international students stay on?

Jobs, language, the weather: why don’t international students stay on?

A record 90,000 international students are currently studying at Dutch universities and now account for some 10% of the student body. Despite programmes encouraging them to stay, most of them leave when they graduate – even though many would like to make the Netherlands their home. Molly Quell finds out why. In 2013, EP-Nuffic, the organisation for international cooperation in higher education, started a programme called Make It In The Netherlands (MIITN), aimed at retaining the foreign students who studied... More >


10 things you need to know about Easter in the Netherlands

10 things you need to know about Easter in the Netherlands

Easter (Goede Vrijdag, 1e and 2e Paasdag) takes place next weekend (April 10-22). Easter Monday is a public holiday but Friday is a normal working day, apart from government workers, lucky things. Here is our updated list of Dutch Easter habits. Easter breakfast box If you have children at a Dutch primary school, they, rather you, will probably have to make an Easter breakfast box which they will give to another child in their class. This is a shoe box... More >



Windlicht is a led laser light show on a wind farm (update)

Windlicht is a led laser light show on a wind farm (update)

This weekend’s planned showing of a new project by Studio Roosegaarde focussing on the ‘beauty of green energy’ has been cancelled because the wind is coming from the wrong direction. The project involves beams of green light dancing across a wind farm in Zeeland but the weather has scuppered this weekend’s planned laser display. Artist Daan Roosegaarde says has been inspired by the traditional windmills of Kinderdijk. At the same time, the installation is a tribute to modern ways of... More >


How to go Dutch: ‘First, learn how to pronounce inburgering correctly’

How to go Dutch: ‘First, learn how to pronounce inburgering correctly’

Five years ago Molly Quell moved to the Netherlands as the wife of an academic for a short term project.. Now she’s single, has fallen in love with the country and finds herself in the unexpected position of having to integrate. We’re far enough into the New Year to have reached the point where people have dropped the pretense of their resolutions and gone back to sleeping in, ignoring their gym membership, boozing it up and spending too much money.... More >


Nijmegen – From Barbarossa to Bob Hope

Nijmegen – From Barbarossa to Bob Hope

For a city as modestly-sized as Nijmegen, it has a significant place in Dutch history. In fact, it is thought to be the oldest city in the Netherlands, and in 2005 celebrated its 2000th anniversary. Stephanie Dijkstra finds out more. When the Romans arrived in the area and set up camp, the camp was quickly accompanied by a new market: Novio Magnum – and with a little bit of imagination, you will realise this is the origin of the name... More >




It’s that time of year again – get ready to file your tax return

It’s that time of year again – get ready to file your tax return

It’s tax return time again. You’ve got until May 1 to hand in your annual tax return and this year, like every year, a few things have changed. Here’s a handy overview of what you need to know. 1 The Dutch tax year The Dutch tax year runs from January 1 to December 31. You have until May 1 to file your tax return, unless you ask for an extension and the tax office is fairly relaxed about providing one.... More >