Thursday 27 January 2022

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

Brave new Netherlands: This Dutch AI start-up is changing healthcare

Brave new Netherlands: This Dutch AI start-up is changing healthcare

Dutch computer scientists are building software that can read your body language through CCTV. Already functioning in care homes around the country, the technology is the product of a spin-off team from the University of Amsterdam, which uses machine learning that can monitor and respond to human behaviour in real time. In theory, the technology could recognize scenes of aggression or fear, harassment or intimacy, automatically alert police or ambulances and report suspicious or indecent behaviour. While the idea may... More >


Up or down? How will the 2022 budget affect your taxes?      

Up or down? How will the 2022 budget affect your taxes?      

In September, the Dutch government announced its budget for next year, including some alterations to the tax regulations. Here’s what you need to know. ‘Because there is still no official coalition and the government is acting in a caretaker capacity, there is not much change this year,’ said a spokesman for tax adviser Blue Umbrella. ‘However, there are some alterations that could be very important for expats in particular.’ In general, if your income is more than €68,507 a year,... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: yes, the Netherlands does have a wine industry

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: yes, the Netherlands does have a wine industry

With the nights drawing in, what better thing to do follow the DutchNews.nl inburgering course? Lesson 25: Dutch wine Is ‘good Dutch wine’ a contradiction in terms? Is it possible to produce a full-bodied red or a twinkly white in the Netherlands? Can the Dutch attitude to wine still be summed up in the phrase ‘as long as it has alcohol’? Questions, questions. Here are some facts & figures about wine, yes wine, from the Netherlands. 1 According to the... More >


Dutch destinations: Dordrecht, or Dordt to the locals

Dutch destinations: Dordrecht, or Dordt to the locals

The inhabitants of the oldest town in the province of Zuid-Holland are known to some as ‘sheepheads.’ According to lore, to avoid paying an import tax on meat, two men dressed a sheep up as a man and attempted to sneak the animal through the city gates, only to be discovered when the sheep bleated. There’s a statue to the legend that you can see if you visit this island city.  Dordrecht was given city rights in 1220 by William... More >


Art, animals and icons: 11 great things to do in October

Art, animals and icons: 11 great things to do in October

Discover your inner beast October kicks off with a great day out for children and adults alike at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. We Are Animals is an often joyful but also critical look at our relationship with animals seen through the eyes of some thirty artists. The weird and the wonderful are equally represented: those cute pussycats on YouTube will never look the same again. On Sunday October 3 families are welcome to enjoy lots of activities related to the... More >


Spoiled for choice: how to pick the right television provider

Spoiled for choice: how to pick the right television provider

The Netherlands has a bewildering number of television and internet providers, so how do you make sure you pick the right one? The Dutch media landscape has exploded in recent years. Well over 100 different television stations can now be picked up in the Netherlands, and more are on the way. Here are some things to think about to make sure the television provider you go for has the best deal for you. First of all, you need to check... More >


The pandemic in practice: open doors at the Amekran clinic

The pandemic in practice: open doors at the Amekran clinic

The doors to the Amekran health clinic in The Hague’s Laakkwartier are almost always open, allowing anyone living in one of the Netherlands’ most diverse neighbourhoods to drop in for advice. When that door was closed by coronavirus last year, the clinic found itself the point of contact for essential information for the nearly 80 nationalities who live there. Family doctor Ouafae Amekran has been working in the area for 12 years and sees herself and the clinic as a... More >


Leveling up: What changes in the inburgering process from 2022?

Leveling up: What changes in the inburgering process from 2022?

With an increase in the language requirements for the integration exams imminent, smart candidates are signing up for a new self-access course with InburgeringOnline.nl to prepare for their exams in advance of the change. Some newcomers to the Netherlands, whose residency permit is issued on the condition that they integrate or inburger, may find themselves affected by changes in the 2013 Civic Integration Act which come into force in January 2022. What’s changed? Previously, the integration exams required Dutch to... More >


From vagina pants to Máxima’s wedding dress: new exhibition pays tribute to Amsterdam fashion 

From vagina pants to Máxima’s wedding dress: new exhibition pays tribute to Amsterdam fashion 

Queen Máxima’s silk wedding gown and the sensational ‘vagina pants’ worn by pop artist Janelle Monáe are among the 150 extraordinary creations at Maison Amsterdam – The town, the fashion, the freedom, a celebration of Amsterdam’s contribution to the fashion world, which opened on Friday 17 September at Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk. A veritable who’s who of the Amsterdam fashion world past and present, Maison Amsterdam has dusted off wonderfully nostalgic outfits by Max Heymans and Fong Leng and shone a... More >


The lowdown on tax box 1, 2 and 3 – plus other common tax terms

The lowdown on tax box 1, 2 and 3 – plus other common tax terms

When you land in the Netherlands, you aren’t just dealing with a different language, employer and queuing etiquette – ­you also have to deal with the Belastingdienst. The Dutch tax office, or Belastingdienst, has been making efforts to employ more of a ‘personal’ approach, which will be good news for expats. Nowadays, there’s a comprehensive set of English pages at www.government.nl about everything from the basics of the income tax system to coronavirus support measures for business. But tax advisers... More >


A registration address or virtual office is a boost for the self-employed

A registration address or virtual office is a boost for the self-employed

Working from home and in need of an occasional office, or would you like a virtual company address to keep cold callers at bay? There are plenty of reasons for a small business owner to opt for a registration address. As a freelancer or owner of a small firm, you are probably used to being phoned by people trying to sell you a new energy contract or entry in some corporate guide. But you may work in a field that... More >


Back to school – navigating the new school year and beyond

Back to school – navigating the new school year and beyond

The new school year is exciting for children and their parents and the settling into the new school year can bring about challenges for the whole family. The team at Zein International Childcare share their top tips to ensure a smooth beginning to the school year for your family. Create a time capsule listing what your child is looking forward to: Include photos of their first day at school, a painting they have done, and other keepsakes that record your... More >


‘I remember every bit of fleeing Afghanistan. It never leaves you’

‘I remember every bit of fleeing Afghanistan. It never leaves you’

Niloufar Rahim (34), a general practitioner from Arnhem, fled her childhood home in Kabul in 1997 to escape the Taliban and seek asylum in the Netherlands. She is the chair of Dutch-Afghan organisation KEIHAN and an ambassador for IOM, Connecting Diaspora for Development. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I fled Afghanistan as a refugee with my parents when I was 10. We fled because of the Taliban regime. I remember every bit of it. It never leaves... More >


Going solar? Here are some things to think about

Going solar? Here are some things to think about

Some one million households in the Netherlands now have solar panels on their roof and solar energy is an increasingly important part of the Dutch energy mix. If you have been thinking about installing solar panels on your home, here are some things to think about. The cost The cost of installing solar panels on your roof depends on a number of factors: the number of panels, the type, the transformer (omvormer) you choose and the mounts (zonnepanelen montagemateriaal) that... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 Dutch films you must see

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 Dutch films you must see

The summer break may be over, or almost over for some, but you still have time to  catch up on some Dutch culture with the DutchNews.nl inburgering course. Lesson 24: 10 films you must see The Dutch are world famous for their documentaries and animation films, and over the years some of their feature films have also had an international impact. Here are 10 films which encompass the history of Dutch cinema. Een Carmen van het noorden (1919) Director: Maurits Binger... More >


Amsterdam urges protestors to stay away from too-busy Covid demo

Amsterdam urges protestors to stay away from too-busy Covid demo

Amsterdam officials have urged people to stop coming to the Dam in the centre of the city to take part in a demonstration against the coronavirus rules because it is already too busy. Several thousand people – up to 10,000 according to city officials – had gathered in the area by midday and then moved off to march along a seven kilometre route through the city centre. The crowd includes representatives from far right parties, including the FvD, and several... More >


Amsterdam Fashion Week kicks off in style, and is open to the public

Amsterdam Fashion Week kicks off in style, and is open to the public

After last year’s hiatus, Amsterdam Fashion Week 2021 kicks off on September 1 and this year’s programme is the most accessible and inclusive in Fashion Week history. High couture must-sees and quality streetwear must-haves, collections from established designers, labels, international brands, and red-hot, young talent will dictate fashion trends for the next few years. Many designers have embraced sustainable production, upcycling and zero-waste practices, appealing to young consumers. Museumplein hosts a coronavirus-safe schedule of runway shows and time-slot appointments for... More >


The region revolutionising the Dutch diet

The region revolutionising the Dutch diet

Ethical and environmental concerns are changing what the Dutch put on their plates, but where this foodtech transformation is occurring is somewhat surprising. Livestock farms with patchwork pastures encircle the village of Holten in Overijssel, but in a small industrial park within, steering Dutch diets in a different direction, is the headquarters of Vivera, one of Europe’s largest producers of vegan alternatives to meat. Evolution The evolution of the Dutch diet is no clearer than in the east of the... More >



Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: dealing with death

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: dealing with death

The summer break may be over, or almost over for some, but you still have time to  catch up on some Dutch culture with the DutchNews.nl inburgering course. Lesson 23: Key facts about death Enough of the jollity and fun. Never let it be said we shy away from difficult topics. So here’s some useful information about death in the Netherlands. Insured for death Some 60% of Dutch households have funeral insurance –  the Dutch love insurance after all and... More >