Friday 22 November 2019

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

Turkish, Polish, Chinese or German? Other language Dutch news

Turkish, Polish, Chinese or German? Other language Dutch news

We know you love DutchNews.nl, but there are news outlets in other languages which keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the Netherlands as well. Here’s our list of non-English language (and non-Dutch) news sites, publications and blogs that specifically cover the Netherlands and its current affairs. Turkish  https://sonhaber.eu/ https://ufuk.nl/ https://www.haber.nl/ Frisian https://www.omropfryslan.nl/ Portugeese https://www.bailandesa.nl/bailandesa/ https://portuguesesnaholanda.blogs.sapo.pt/ Spanish https://www.gacetaholandesa.com/ https://www.lahoranaranja.com/ Polish https://polonia.nl/ https://www.mojaniderlandia.pl/ Chinese https://www.oranjeexpress.com/ Arabic https://holland-today.nl/ Italian www.31mag.nl/ German https://niederlandenachrichten.de Hebrew https://dutchtown.nl/ Did we miss any? Send an email... More >


Shaking things up: can dance reduce social isolation in Leiden?

Shaking things up: can dance reduce social isolation in Leiden?

In Leiden, residents of all ages and abilities are feeling the benefits of dance thanks to stichting Dans Voor Mij, which aims to build connections between people and reduce social isolation. Deborah Nicholls-Lee reports. At the soft, melancholic sound of Nana Mouskouri’s ‘Only Love’ (1985), residents at the Topaz Overrhyn residential nursing home, day centre and rehabilitation centre in Leiden – most elderly and with severe dementia – begin swaying their arms and singing along. Slowly, the circle formed by... More >


From Delft to Glasgow: Swapping the low countries for the Scottish hills

From Delft to Glasgow: Swapping the low countries for the Scottish hills

After 16 years working with the international community, Delft MaMa founder Lucie Herraïz Cunningham is moving from the flat lands of the Netherlands to Scotland. So how does it feel to be packing up a Dutch life? How do you feel about leaving? Excited, sad? After living in Delft for 16 years and having to say goodbye to very neat friends every year, it is finally my turn to be on the go. I am so lucky to have met... More >


12 notorious Dutch murder cases, and several miscarriages of justice

12 notorious Dutch murder cases, and several miscarriages of justice

The Dutch murder rate is pretty low in global terms – just two a week in the entire country in 2018. That is not say we have not had our share of nasty murders in the past. Here’s a selection of headline makers. Elsje Christians kills her landlady and is hung for the murder Elsje Christians came to Amsterdam from Denmark in 1664 to look for a job as a maid and rented a room in a hostel. When two... More >


Between stereotypes: Being a male sex worker in Amsterdam

Between stereotypes: Being a male sex worker in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s red light district is famous all over the world, but represents just a small and visible part of the city’s sex industry. City officials have embarked on a clean-up campaign, closing windows and buying out brothel owners and are now considering moving the windows altogether. And, spurred by a petition signed by 40,000 people, the legality of sex work is now under discussion as well. A lot is said and written about female prostitution – hardly surprising seeing as... More >


Dutch Destinations: miracles and Mondrian in Amersfoort

Dutch Destinations: miracles and Mondrian in Amersfoort

Home of monastic miracles and medieval architecture, but also birthplace of Mondrian, icon of Dutch Modernism, Amersfoort, in Utrecht province, is a rich blend of the new and the old with plenty to discover. An unexpected guide accompanies us on our 15-minute walk from the station to Amersfoort’s historic centre. ‘Sofie’ – as she is known – steers us through the city’s trafficky outskirts, her iconic swishing ponytail and stout mini-skirted form illuminated in red and green on the traffic... More >


Boar, beavers, deer, geese… the Netherlands is in for the cull

Boar, beavers, deer, geese… the Netherlands is in for the cull

In the Netherlands, rabbits, hare, wild duck, wood pigeons and pheasants are the only types of wildlife which can be shot ‘for pleasure’. There is, however, a lot of hunting of other species going on.  For a little country, the Netherlands has a lot of animals that it wants rid of. Here’s a list. Doomed deer To eat or to be eaten, that is the question for the red deer in nature reserve the Oostvaardersplassen. There is not enough food... More >


Forget Maastricht and Rotterdam: Eight places to host Eurovision

Forget Maastricht and Rotterdam: Eight places to host Eurovision

The celebratory cheers over Duncan Laurence’s win at Eurovision had barely died down before the entire country of the Netherlands started to wonder: Where will the next one be held? Eurovision, the annual sort-of-European song competition, is always held in the home country of the previous year’s winner. So the 2020 song festival will be here, in the Netherlands. The organisation has, of course, lots of rules and regulations about what sort of cities and venues are eligible. Five Dutch... More >


Blogwatching: Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas

Blogwatching: Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas

On Turning Dutch, Amanda van Mulligen writes about life as an expat mother, expat wife and an expat writer.   Holiday plans outside of the Netherlands this summer? How will you cope without Dutch cheese during your vacation? Luckily, you don’t have to because there’s vakantiekaas available just for you! Dutch are cheese mad One of the stereotypical icons for the Netherlands is undoubtedly, alongside clogs and windmills, cheese. And where there’s smoke there’s probably fire. The Dutch produce a... More >


What’s in a name? The new tourist map of Amsterdam

What’s in a name? The new tourist map of Amsterdam

It’s komkommertijd here in the Netherlands, but rather than making up Dutch cultural traditions, we’re encouraging tourists to see more of Amsterdam. Yes, journalist Jelmer Visser, fed up with the constant expansion that the city of Amsterdam seems to grant itself, created a tourist map of the Netherlands – from the perspective of the Amsterdam tourism board. You think it’s bad that Amsterdam has claimed a castle that will take nearly an hour to get to with public transport as... More >


From Pride to propaganda: 13 great things to do in August

From Pride to propaganda: 13 great things to do in August

Many of the locals may be away on holiday this month, but that does not mean there is nothing to do for those left behind. From a special tour of the Rijksmuseum for the Pride celebrations, to sending kids into space, there is a lot going on this August. Go an a gay tour The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam hooked up with Pride and devised a Roze Rijks (pink Rijks) guided tour of the history of homosexuality seen through works of... More >


Forget the skates. Visit the 11 cities of Friesland at any time of the year

Forget the skates. Visit the 11 cities of Friesland at any time of the year

The 11 cities of Friesland very occasionally host a gruelling 200 kilometre skating race – if temperatures dip below zero for long enough, and just recently a swimming marathon. But you can also travel the famous route by bike, by boat, on horseback, on foot… however you like. Fansels! (That’s Friesian for ‘of course’). 1 Dokkum (the only one of the 11 without a different name in Friesian) In olden times Dutch school children were taught that ‘Bonifacius was killed... More >


What’s brewing? A quick look at a few of the Netherlands’ best brewpubs

What’s brewing? A quick look at a few of the Netherlands’ best brewpubs

Have you been searching for a place to enjoy a quality craft brew along with some tasty eats here in the Netherlands? While beer snobs might quibble over whether or not these operations technically qualify as brewpubs, tasting rooms, or something else entirely, here are a few spots that combine some of the country’s best suds with great food. Brouwerij de Prael – Amsterdam, The Hague and Groningen Brouwerij de Prael was originally called De Parel and began brewing in... More >


Foodie picks: The 15 best budget restaurants in Amsterdam

Foodie picks: The 15 best budget restaurants in Amsterdam

Recent research shows that the ratio between Amsterdam house prices and Amsterdammers’ disposable incomes is the highest in Europe. So it’s no surprise that many of us are feeling strapped for cash. Add in the city’s steepening restaurant prices, and even going out for an evening meal is looking less and less affordable. But it’s not all doom and gloom. There are still several good eateries where you can have a simple meal for around €10, so you can stop... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ban This Sick Fun Edition – Week 29

DutchNews podcast – The Ban This Sick Fun Edition – Week 29

There’s plenty to shout about in our last podcast before the summer break as five cities bid to host next year’s Eurovision, a children’s playground is forced to close because of complaints about noise, a proposed Holocaust memorial sparks local protests and the Dutch women’s football team are cheered all the way to the final. In our discussion we take the pulse of the coalition at the halfway point and ask if it will make it to the finish line.... More >


Spotted heading south: Young cheetahs born in Arnhem moving to Spain

Spotted heading south: Young cheetahs born in Arnhem moving to Spain

Two female cheetahs born in Arnhem’s Burgers’ Zoo are moving to Spain under a European exchange scheme. The young cheetahs are the result of a breeding programme that has seen 15 cubs, including two sets of sextuplets, born in the Dutch city in the last six years. An eight-year-old male cheetah and two nine-year-old females have been involved in the breeding programme, with all the sextuplets born to the same mother in May 2014 and September 2016. Cheetahs usually have... More >



Internationally awkward – how to learn Dutch when your office speaks English?

Internationally awkward – how to learn Dutch when your office speaks English?

Learning Dutch in an international work environment can be tough especially if English is your common language. Deborah Nicholls-Lee tracks down some expert advice. The Netherlands is a popular workplace: its people speak excellent English, it’s economically stable, and it offers a great work-life balance. It is no surprise that big international names such as Adidas, Booking.com, IKEA, and Nike all have their European headquarters here, with Panasonic and Sony due to follow shortly. But, with expats now staying longer,... More >



Dutch destinations: good food and great shopping in Haarlem

Dutch destinations: good food and great shopping in Haarlem

It’s the namesake of the New York City borough, the city saved by a finger in the dike and was the epicenter for tulip mania. Haarlem is a mere fifteen minutes from Amsterdam and should be next on your list of places to visit.  Founded somewhere in the 10th century, Haarlem was given city status in 1245. It is located on a small bit of land above sea level which connects Leiden to Alkmaar and its geography provided the locals... More >