Tuesday 17 September 2019

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

Amity opens new senior school in Amstelveen

Amity opens new senior school in Amstelveen

Can Amsterdam keep up with the demand for international school places? Amity’s new senior school is a step in the right direction. Time flies when you are a parent and before you know it your children are senior school age. Almost half of all expats in the Netherlands are now staying for longer than five years and the parents among them face a competitive market when seeking places for their children in an international secondary school. Boomtowns like Amstelveen, near... More >


Local mayor turns ‘guerrilla artist’ in appeal to young residents

Local mayor turns ‘guerrilla artist’ in appeal to young residents

An anonymous graffiti artist who sprayed silhouettes of a bespectacled figure on the pavements of two villages in Overijssel has been unmasked as the local mayor. The mysterious images appeared overnight on Thursday in public places around Holten and Rijssen, which form a single municipality, along with the hashtag #BBTY. The plain white images had no distinguishing features other than a pair of glasses. Some residents speculated that they were the work of a Banksy-style guerrilla artist, while others suspected... More >


Blogwatching: Stepping out of the bubble

Blogwatching: Stepping out of the bubble

Kristen in Clogland is a blog about an Aussie discovering the Netherlands, travel and adjusting to life in another country. Our family has a big change on the horizon. This time it’s not an international move, it’s a change of schools. Not just your average school move. Our two kids will be moving from the international school system to the Dutch education system. This is no small change, it was an extremely difficult decision for us to make and we... More >


Gas, electricity, internet? PartnerPete can help you get it right

Gas, electricity, internet? PartnerPete can help you get it right

So, you’ve got the job, you’ve found a new place to live and you are ready to get stuck into a new challenge. But what about internet, gas and electricity – those tedious but everyday essentials which can easily get forgotten? In the Netherlands, you have a myriad of gas, electricity and internet companies to chose from, all offering you what they say are great deals, green energy and super-fast download times. It takes a lot of time and effort... More >


When school’s out, holiday camp is definitely in

When school’s out, holiday camp is definitely in

The school bell goes, and the long, long weeks of summer holiday stretch ahead. Great news for kids, but what about the parents who need to juggle work, households and – eventually – the inevitable complaint of ‘I’m bored!’? One option is summer camp. For children from 4 to 12, who can’t go away for a whole week at overnight camp, there is still a great variety of day long multi-activity and themed programmes filled with activities and field trips... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Hipster Santa Claus Landslide Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Hipster Santa Claus Landslide Edition

In this week’s podcast we try to unravel the logic behind the European election debate featuring two men who weren’t in the running but not the leader of the winning party, the blunder that led to hundreds of children being sent to the wrong secondary school, and the end-of-season football relegation play-offs. Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision victory inspires an archetypal Dutch discussion about splitting the bill, Erik Wiebes triggers rumblings of discontent in Groningen and another VVD minister, Mark Harbers, resigns... More >


Time to leave NL or move somewhere bigger? Here’s how to sell a house

Time to leave NL or move somewhere bigger? Here’s how to sell a house

You might think you can go it alone without an estate agent, but selling a house is about more than simply putting a ‘te koop’ label on your home and waiting for the offers to flood in. In today’s housing market you need to all the help you can get to avoid the sharks and reel in the maximum profits. ‘A photo of a grey street with a grey sky and untidy garden is not exactly going to get the... More >


Game not over: the video arcade renaissance in the Netherlands

Game not over: the video arcade renaissance in the Netherlands

Video arcades were all but extinct by the end of the 20th century, but they’ve managed to bounce back in recent years. Here in the Netherlands, you can find retrocades, arcades, barcades, pinball parlors, clubs, hotels, and museums devoted to the best games of the past, present, and future. De TonTon Club – Amsterdam (various locations) This small chain of cafes/barcades in Amsterdam was among the first in the recent string of video game centres to pop up in the... More >



Podcasts galore: From English-language Dutch news to art and useful advice

Podcasts galore: From English-language Dutch news to art and useful advice

Radio is back and the number of podcasts out there has been growing steadily for years. The Netherlands is no exception and while there are plenty of Dutch-language podcasts, there are also plenty of English-language ones as well. Here’s a roundup of podcasts, in English, about the Netherlands. DutchNews.nl jumped on the podcasting bandwagon years ago and Molly Quell, Gordon Darroch and Paul Peeters take you through the week’s news and, most importantly, the week’s ophefs. The podcast is released... More >


Expat Fair & Feel Good Market get a new location in Eindhoven

Expat Fair & Feel Good Market get a new location in Eindhoven

Want to learn Dutch? Find a house? Experience Dutch culture, find a job, make connections, or solve immigration and tax issues? Or just want to have a fun day? You can do it all at the I am not a tourist Expat Fair & Feel Good Market in Eindhoven in June. This year makes it four in a row for the I am not a tourist Expat Fair Eindhoven, organised with the Holland Expat Center South and the event is... More >


Dutch destinations: The Wadden Sea island of Terschelling

Dutch destinations: The Wadden Sea island of Terschelling

If you want to get away from it all for a few days, the Wadden Sea island of Terschelling is easy to get to, offers great empty beaches and has enough to keep you busy even if you hit a wet weekend. Terschelling and Texel are the most touristy of the Wadden islands, yet both are very different. Texel is bigger and less dominated by holidaymakers. Terschelling is more an elongated sand dune and tourism is clearly its main source... More >


Blowin’ in the wind: traditional windmills you can visit in the Netherlands

Blowin’ in the wind: traditional windmills you can visit in the Netherlands

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when most people think of the Netherlands? If this were a question on a game show, windmills would probably be the number one answer. If you’ve never experienced the joys of climbing to the top of one of these ubiquitous structures, or merely drinking a biertje beside one, here’s a few that you can visit (and, in some cases, even spend the night in).  Zaanse Schans – Zaandam Okay, let’s get the... More >


After a €30 rise in January, Dutch energy prices among highest in EU

After a €30 rise in January, Dutch energy prices among highest in EU

You will have noticed the sharp jump in your energy costs at the beginning this year – but even without the tax increase that helped push up bills, the cost of gas and electricity in the Netherlands is far above the EU average. Research by energy provider comparison website Energievergelijk.nl has shown that consumer prices for electricity and gas in the Netherlands are far above the average prices in the EU. The energy site used data from the Household Energy... More >


Blogwatching: When living in Amsterdam is the opposite of cool

Blogwatching: When living in Amsterdam is the opposite of cool

Ana V. Martins is a Portuguese actress turned content creative & social media wizard. Her blog Amsterdive is a project with both a personal accent and a cultural one which, she says, explores her own relationship with Amsterdam, and the Netherlands while focusing on arts and culture, creativity, sustainability and self-development. When, at the first Amsterdive meet-up, I got prompted to write about the downsides of living in Amsterdam, I thought it was an unusual request. My readers know all... More >


Artist makes clean breast of controversial stamp design with ‘censored’ bar

Artist makes clean breast of controversial stamp design with ‘censored’ bar

A postage stamp design that was rejected because it showed too much of a woman’s breast has been approved after the artist pasted the word ‘censored’ over the offending area. Artist Ap Kooistra and stamp dealer Cees van der Wel submitted the portrait of a blonde woman in a transparent blouse via PostNL’s website. The woman has the slogan ‘I love Den Helder’ tattooed over the top of her left breast. However, PostNL said the design was a ‘provocative image’... More >


Four months after her death, Adrienne Cullen’s struggle continues

Four months after her death, Adrienne Cullen’s struggle continues

After fighting the Dutch healthcare system for six years until she died on New Year’s Eve, Adrienne Cullen and her husband Peter Cluskey were totally at one about why so many bad things happen in hospitals in the Netherlands. It’s because, says Peter, the regulation of the hospitals is based on trust. Hospitals need strict regulation not because they are filled with people with malign intent towards patients – though such people do exist – but because they are enormous,... More >



From bubbles to Bauhaus: 12 great things to do in May

From bubbles to Bauhaus: 12 great things to do in May

The first of the blockbuster Rembrandt shows closes this month, so head for the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam to catch up on his social network while you can. Elsewhere, there are several English language theatre shows to enjoy, as well as some classic design in Rotterdam. Come as you are Tiny waists and (hence) corsets are on show at the Amsterdam Museum where the 18th and 19th century costume collection is given an airing. What are these clothes telling us... More >


From cupcakes to cash cows: An essential guide to surviving King’s Day

From cupcakes to cash cows: An essential guide to surviving King’s Day

If you are in the Netherlands at the moment, you cannot fail to have noticed it. Yes, King’s Day 2019 is about to hit and the orange tat is everywhere. Here at DutchNews.nl opinion about King’s Day is divided. Some of us have been collecting our clutter to sell for months, some of us have a 24-hour feest ahead of us and some of us are even leaving the country to get away from it all. All you need is... More >