Friday 13 December 2019

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

Culture minister increases spending on the arts

Culture minister increases spending on the arts

Culture minister Jet Bussemaker has earmarked a further €18m for spending on the arts, well below the €29.5m spending boost called for by the Arts Council. Some €3m of the cash will go to subsidise ‘an orchestra which offers pop and jazz’, which effectively means the Metropole Orchestra, the Volkskrant said on Monday. In total, €5.5m will go to national museums, enabling the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam to stay open. The minister is also taking the Arts Council’s advice and boosting... More >


The women’s football World Cup is about to start. Here’s the lowdown on the Oranje Lionesses

The women’s football World Cup is about to start. Here’s the lowdown on the Oranje Lionesses

The Dutch women’s football team – known as the Lionesses – are taking part in the World Cup for the very first time. The event kicks off on Saturday and to get you in the mood, here’s the lowdown on women’s football in the Netherlands. 1 The Dutch took part in the first ever Fifa-recognised women’s international back in 1971 but have lagged behind since then. Oranje secured a place in the World Cup for the first time after beating... More >


Forget windmills and museums, it’s time for National Bunker Day

Forget windmills and museums, it’s time for National Bunker Day

If you ever wander along the Dutch coast, you may have come across partly hidden concrete structures – the remains of the network of bunkers built during World War II. Usually closed to the public, this Saturday (June 6) you have the chance to poke around inside because it is National Bunker Day. Here are some key facts. The Atlantic Wall The Dutch bunkers form part of the Atlantic Wall, a series of coastal fortifications stretching from the Franco-Spanish border... More >


World’s biggest jazz orchestra has something to celebrate

World’s biggest jazz orchestra has something to celebrate

The Dutch Metropole Orchestra is the biggest jazz and pop orchestra in the world and has performed with greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. This June the orchestra marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder Dolf van der Linden. In November, it celebrates its 70th anniversary. Here are ten things you might like to know. 1 The idea of forming an orchestra was first mooted in early 1945, when Queen Wilhelmina and her... More >


Dutch colonial heritage should be saved: MP

Dutch colonial heritage should be saved: MP

The Dutch government should do much more to protect the Netherlands’ colonial history which is stored in foreign countries, according to a Liberal VVD MP. Michiel van Veen is introducing a change in the law which will allow Dutch ambassadors to enforce the return of archives which can then be properly stored. A majority in parliament is in favour of the move because the archives are currently rotting away in inappropriate storage facilities abroad. ‘We should not just protect our... More >


What’s on in the Netherlands: ten great things to do in June

What’s on in the Netherlands: ten great things to do in June

Summer officially starts this week and the forecasters say the weather is set to heat up by next weekend. From beach volleyball to opera, from Pharrell to prize-winning photography, here’s a list of 10 great things to do in the coming weeks. Hang out at the Holland Festival The annual cultural festival is broadening its scope this year, with more venues such as Podium Mozaiek in Amsterdam West and the Museumplein, and more disciplines such as street projections and a... More >


Graveyard dance performance cancelled after protests

Graveyard dance performance cancelled after protests

A controversial dance performance, due to take place in an Alkmaar graveyard, has been cancelled on police advice because of threats. One widower went to court in an effort to have the performance scrapped because his wife was buried in the cemetery, but judges ruled against him and gave the show the green light. Nevertheless, the police became involved after publicity material was destroyed and several members of the dance company were verbally threatened. ‘The police cannot guarantee the safety... More >


Dental care in the Netherlands

Dental care in the Netherlands

The Dutch visit their dentist on a regular basis, and as a result, only a relatively small part of the population has badly cared-for teeth. In the Netherlands, dental care is provided by university-educated dentists, all of whom are government-registered. The quality of the care, also in comparison with other countries, is excellent. The Dutch visit their dentist on a regular basis – approximately 85% go once or twice a year. Types of practices Almost all dental practices in the... More >


40 years on Getty Kaspers is still Dutch Eurovision queen

40 years on Getty Kaspers is still Dutch Eurovision queen

The last time the Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest was 40 years ago,  when Teach-In took the honours with the infamous ‘Ding-a-dong’. Singer Getty Kaspers talks to DutchNews.nl about Eurovision then and now. ‘Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower, even when your lover is gone, gone, gone.’ So goes the kitschy but catchy chorus of Ding-A-Dong, the song that, 40 years ago, made Teach-In Eurovision champions. The song – in stark contrast to the quieter ballads put... More >


10 inspirational Dutch women

10 inspirational Dutch women

From speaking 14 languages in the 17th century to exploring the Sahara; from taking the Olympics by storm to defying the German occupiers – here is a list of inspirational Dutch women who’ve made it into the history books for reasons other than their appearance. In no particular order. Anna Maria van Schurman Born in Cologne in 1607, this well educated 17th century woman spent most of her life in the Netherlands where she was permitted an education. She spoke... More >





Video: central Amsterdam under water in a poetic light display

Video: central Amsterdam under water in a poetic light display

After having us cycle along starry night bike paths, Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde has now turned his attention to the power of water. Just over one quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level and the sea is kept at bay by a network of dykes, dams and other water defences. But what would happen if they weren’t there? ‘Waterlicht is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water,’ Roosegaarde says on Studio Roosengaarde website. ‘Innovation... More >



Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is European museum of the year

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is European museum of the year

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has been named European Museum of the Year by the European museum forum, which is part of the Council of Europe. The award is made to a museum which has undergone extensive renovations or has opened within the previous two years. The Rijksmuseum re-opened in 2013 after an overhaul lasting almost 10 years. ‘The renewed Rijksmuseum offers impressive multilingual guidance to its visitors, witty and thought-provoking interventions in the galleries, and a state-of-the-art website for virtual visitors,’ the... More >


Dutch councils have 42,000 ‘works of art’ in stock

Dutch councils have 42,000 ‘works of art’ in stock

Almost 30 years after the end of a scheme allowing local councils to give artists social security benefits in return for art, some 42,000 items are still in storage, current affairs show Nieuwsuur reports. In total, almost half the country’s 391 local councils responded to Nieuwsuur’s request for information about the art they had acquired under the BKR scheme. Councils were given almost 300,000 items during the 30-year period the scheme was in operation. ‘Some of it is in windy... More >


Sixty years of the Dutch at Eurovision: all you need to know

Sixty years of the Dutch at Eurovision: all you need to know

The Eurovision Song Contest is 60 years old this year and the Dutch have been there right from the beginning. Despite this, they have only won four times. Last year, they almost made it and this year, hopes are pinned on Walk Along, sung by Trijntje Oosterhuis. The very first song at the international finals of the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 was the Dutch entry – one of the Dutch entries in fact. Only seven countries took... More >



What a difference a dress makes at Eurovision Song Contest

What a difference a dress makes at Eurovision Song Contest

Trijntje Oosterhuis, who is singing the Dutch entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, will finish the semi-finals near the bottom of the points table, bookmakers predict. The forecast that the Netherlands will not make it to the final comes after Oosterhuis appeared at the first rehearsal sporting a black dress slashed to the waist and revealing a great deal of cleavage. Before the dress was revealed, bookmakers were forecasting that the Netherlands would make it to the final on May... More >