Saturday 17 August 2019

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


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 >



Cabinet to invest €250,000 in Dutch pop music

Cabinet to invest €250,000 in Dutch pop music

The government has allocated €250,000 to promote Dutch pop music outside the Netherlands this year, culture minister Jet Bussemaker told MPs in a briefing on Wednesday. Successful Dutch bands such as Kensington and Chef’s Special and solo artists like Jett Rebel pack in the crowds at home but need extra help to get the interest of international record labels, Bussemaker said. ‘To really break through abroad they need to invest themselves,’ she said. This could mean investing in promotion or... More >



It’s nearly spring, and Amsterdam is ready to celebrate with 500,000 tulips

It’s nearly spring, and Amsterdam is ready to celebrate with 500,000 tulips

Tulips have long been synonymous with Amsterdam and yet in recent years, despite tourists being able to buy everything from soap to maracas in tulip form, the real things have been largely absent from our streets. Esther O’Toole went to meet Saskia Albrecht, founder of the Tulp Festival Amsterdam, who’s on a one woman mission to put the tulip back in full view. In 2010, Saskia Albrecht was an experienced and reputable landscape gardener, responsible for the Open Garden Days... More >


Dutch documentary awakens euthanasia debate about wider rules

Dutch documentary awakens euthanasia debate about wider rules

A recent Dutch television documentary on euthanasia in which a 68 year-old woman suffering from semantic dementia was given a lethal injection may well herald a turning point in what many consider to be an increasingly broader – and unacceptable – interpretation of the rules. Hanneke Sanou assesses the reactions. The documentary, broadcast by public broadcaster NTR in Feburary to mark the start of a week of discussions on euthanasia, followed three clients of the Levenseindekliniek, a clinic for people... More >


10 great things to do in March

10 great things to do in March

From beautiful kimonos and flying acrobats to leaping horses and films that matter, here’s our pick of the best things to do in March. Admire Breitner’s kimono girls For the first time, all the paintings of a girl in a kimono by Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) are being displayed together. Based on new research, the exhibition displays for the first time the full series of 14 paintings. Most of them feature the young Geesje Kwak, who posed for... More >


Master cyber security with a Webster University degree

Master cyber security with a Webster University degree

Barely a week goes by without a new cyber security scare – a corporate website paralysed with a sustained attack by hackers, a phishing expedition that nets millions of euros, or a major government information leak. Good reason then, for Webster University in Leiden to launch a new Master of Science course in cyber security this year. ‘Here at Webster, we look at relevant trends in society and aim to take a leading role in them. Cybercrime is very relevant... More >


75 years ago Amsterdammers went on strike to support the Jews

75 years ago Amsterdammers went on strike to support the Jews

It is 75 years ago this year that workers in Amsterdam and the surrounding areas went on strike in a protest against what was to be the beginning of the large-scale persecution of Jews in the Netherlands. The 1941 februaristaking, or February strike, is commemorated every year on February 25. What went before On February 11, a member of the WA, a club of bully boys affiliated with the Dutch Nazi party NSB, was killed in a fight with Jewish... More >


Second Iamexpat fair takes place in Amsterdam

Second Iamexpat fair takes place in Amsterdam

The IamExpat Fair 2016 will take place on Saturday, March 5 at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. The fair is the spring meeting place for expats and local businesses and is designed to support internationals in the Netherlands, providing them with everything they need in one location, on one day! The first edition took place last year. With more than 3,000 check-ins, 75 exhibitors, 20 free workshops and registrations from120 different nationalities, the IamExpat Fair 2015 was met with great enthusiasm by both... More >



Soul searching: Volkskrant columnist Nadia Ezzeroili says she is not Dutch

Soul searching: Volkskrant columnist Nadia Ezzeroili says she is not Dutch

It isn’t often that a newspaper column causes such a stir. But Volkskrant journalist Nadia Ezzeroili’s column entitled ‘Ik ben geen Nederlander’ (I am not Dutch) seems to have struck a chord with many. Ezzeroili, who is of Moroccan descent, directly addressed the Netherlands, the country of her birth, and told it that the relationship between them is at an end and that a separation, or even a divorce, is on the cards. ‘The words “I am Dutch” stick in... More >


The visions of Hieronymus Bosch are centre stage in landmark exhibition

The visions of Hieronymus Bosch are centre stage in landmark exhibition

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) whose bizarre creatures struck awe and admiration into the hearts of his contemporaries and continue to do so today. Here are ten facts about this extraordinary painter whose work will be on show in a landmark exhibition at the Noordbrabants Museum from February 13 to May 8. 1 What is his real name? Jheronimus/ Hieronymus/Joen/Jeroen van Aken, as he is variously called, hailed from the city of Den Bosch... More >


Dutch students help refugee artists find an online voice

Dutch students help refugee artists find an online voice

A project by Utrecht art school students has become a platform for artists who have come to the Netherlands as refugees to tell their stories. By Tracy Brown Hamilton Mahmod Kharrat, 22, is a professional photographer who specialised in portrait photography in his native Damascus. He has lived in the Netherlands for four months, and while he has found himself labelled as a ‘refugee,’ he identifies himself first and foremost with his art form. ‘I am a photographer; I always... More >