Sunday 18 August 2019

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

11 things you need to know about Christmas in the Netherlands

11 things you need to know about Christmas in the Netherlands

Like most other places where they celebrate Christmas, the Netherlands does tend to grind to a halt until the New Year. But what else should you be aware of about the festive season in the Low Countries? Here are 10 key things to know about Christmas in the Netherlands. Kerstpakket One of the joys of being employed by a Dutch company is the annual kerstpakket (Christmas hamper) distributed to staff in the days before the Christmas festivities. Around four million... More >


Festive food? Restaurants open in Amsterdam for Christmas 2014

Festive food? Restaurants open in Amsterdam for Christmas 2014

Looking for a restaurant in Amsterdam that is open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Tweede Kerstdag to some of you!)? DutchNews.nl’s favourite food blogger Amsterdam Foodie – aka Vicky Hampton – has some suggestions.     This isn’t an exhaustive list, but here are a few of the swankier places I’ve heard are open via various newsletters and press releases I receive. And it’s Christmas – so you want to go swanky, right? Incidentally, I’ve not actually been to all... More >


Rental housing update: some agencies do have a heart

Rental housing update: some agencies do have a heart

It hasn’t gone unnoticed that there has been quite a lot going on in the Dutch rental market in recent months. The commotion surrounding agency fees and who should pay who and for what has generated a lot of discussion in the media, among housing agencies, and at a local and national government level. For those involved in renting a property, listing a property or providing services, it has also been a period of uncertainty. Perfect Housing has been a... More >


Brabant: A province in the south that offers plenty of surprises

Brabant: A province in the south that offers plenty of surprises

Commonly referred to as Brabant, the province of Noord-Brabant attracts expatriates working in the high-tech industry and boasts a healthy economy. It might not be the obvious place for a day out, but Olivia van den Broek-Neri has plenty of suggestions. Also known as Den Bosch, ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the capital of Brabant and has retained the medieval character that continues to charm visitors. Begin your visit with a boat trip along the Binnendieze and discover the history of the former... More >


The Eternal Intern, or why it is so hard to find a paid job

The Eternal Intern, or why it is so hard to find a paid job

So you’ve got your degree, and you are ready to take that first or second step on your career ladder – but all the jobs you find that meet your profile are only open to an intern. Esther O’Toole takes a look at the minefield surrounding today’s internships.   ‘Is it just me, or is anyone else sick to death of seeing seven out of ten job ads asking for interns? […],’ wrote Leigh Cann, designer and curator at AfricanArtbeat.com, on... More >


Giants of the Ice Age – in Amsterdam

Giants of the Ice Age – in Amsterdam

As the cold weather sets in, an outing that fits perfectly with this festive period is taking the kids to visit the relatives at Amsterdam EXPO. That is, their long distant relatives – the Neanderthals – who, research suggests, make up a tiny part of most of us. The new EXPO show, Giants of the Age Ice, brings you face to face with the massive giant mammoth and the deadly saber-toothed cat as well as exploring what life was like... More >


Starting out as a start-up: creative hubs for entrepreneurs

Starting out as a start-up: creative hubs for entrepreneurs

If you are just setting up in business or have plans to take a leap towards entrepreneurship, the Netherlands has a great range of meeting places, networking and training schemes that you can dig into. Esther O’Toole has a few suggestions of where to look for the freshest inspiration.   Some 800,000 people in the Netherlands are now considered to be self-employed, or a ZZP’er. Amsterdam is busy repositioning itself away from tourist den of iniquity to creative international player,... More >


Video: Happy to help KLM bails out passengers from other airlines

Video: Happy to help KLM bails out passengers from other airlines

Have you ever sent out a frustrated comment on social media about plane delays, your lost luggage or the fact you are about to miss your flight? There is nothing worse than that sinking feeling you get when you realise your carefully planned trip is going wrong. So, Dutch flag carrier KLM has been helping passengers from other airlines in a five-day project to solve travellers’ problems all over the globe. The project, known as Happy to Help, was run... More >


Solar cycle paths – the way forward?

Solar cycle paths – the way forward?

Last week, the world’s first solar cycle paths were opened in Holland: ‘Starry Night’ near Eindhoven and SolaRoad in Krommenie. The cycle paths use two entirely different technologies to generate solar energy, but are solar cycle paths a crazy idea or the way forward? asks Holland-Cycling.com’s Hilary Staples. Starry Night near Eindhoven is both a functional cycle path and a work of art by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. It’s inspired by a painting by Vincent van Gogh. The opening of... More >


11 Dutch phrases involving animals

11 Dutch phrases involving animals

In both Dutch and English you can catch bulls by the horns and run around like headless chickens. Here is a list of 11 more popular Dutch phrases involving animals. Be poedelnaakt, or as naked as a poodle. Except the word nothing to do with poodles and comes from poedelen, or splashing about in the bath. Wash a pig. If someone says: Ik zal dat varkentje wel eens wassen they mean that they will tackle this job good and proper.... More >


10 documentaries you must see at this year’s IDFA festival

10 documentaries you must see at this year’s IDFA festival

The IDFA documentary film festival takes place in Amsterdam up to November 30. More than 300 films are being screened during the 11 day event, which was first held in 1988. Here is the Parool’s list of 10 documentaries you should not miss. ‘Plaza man’ (Director: Kasper Verkaik) Robert Groder turned 18 the day president Kennedy was shot. He has dedicated his life to finding out the ‘truth’ about what happened that day. His obsession – Groder paints a big... More >


The Dom tower in Utrecht by drone

The Dom tower in Utrecht by drone

Film makers Jelte Keur and Reinout van Schie say they were waiting 10 months for the perfect weather conditions to take this stunning footage of Utrecht’s Dom tower. The resulting film of the city’s cathedral tower surrounded in mist was taken earlier in November using a drone. The Dom is the tallest church spire in the Netherlands at 112.5 metres and was built between 1321 and 1382. The cathedral itself was never completed and collapsed in 1674, leaving the tower... More >


Nine great Dutch reads, translated into English

Nine great Dutch reads, translated into English

The nights are drawing in, so why not curl up in front of the fire with a good book? Here’s our pick of nine great Dutch novels in an English translation. The selection is a random one from website Netherlands by Numbers and of course there are many, many more.   The Dinner by Herman Koch Novelist Herman Koch’s fifth novel takes place in a well-known Amsterdam restaurant (a thinly disguised De Kas) popular with the upwardly mobile. Two brothers... More >


One of Van Gogh’s last works sells in New York for nearly $62m

One of Van Gogh’s last works sells in New York for nearly $62m

A late work by Vincent van Gogh has sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for $61.8m, well above the expected price, news agency AP reports. ‘Still Life, Vase With Daisies and Poppies’ is one of the last paintings done by Van Gogh. It was painted at the house of his doctor Paul Gachet in 1890 and is one of the few works he sold during his lifetime, AP says. The painting was acquired by the Conger Goodyear family in... More >


Seven reasons why the Netherlands is a great place to live

Seven reasons why the Netherlands is a great place to live

Okay. We all go through bad patches and we all want to go home at some point because the health service/weather/food/beaches/television/football is better there. But here are seven reasons to stay in the Netherlands 1. Holidays While most civilized countries (looking at you, America) offer 20 days of holiday a year, the Dutch are serious about taking it. They have mysterious extra holidays called ATV days. They get compensation for working public holidays. See seven holidays in three months. They... More >


Rijksmuseum reopens Philips wing with a focus on 20th century photography

Rijksmuseum reopens Philips wing with a focus on 20th century photography

In a departure from the 17th-century paintings that thousands of visitors flock to see every day, the Rijksmuseum unveils its newly refurbished Phillips Wing on 1 November with Modern Life, an exhibition of the museum’s 20th-century photography. The exhibition will run until 11 January. Although the museum has a collection of approximately 130,000 photographs, it has never displayed them in a large-scale show. But photography, according to co-curator Hans Rooseboom, has a rightful place in the art world. ‘The impact... More >


Video: KLM celebrates its 95th birthday

Video: KLM celebrates its 95th birthday

Dutch company KLM was formed way back in 1919 as one of the world’s first commercial airlines. It was Queen Wilhelmina who gave the fledgling KLM its royal moniker back in September 1919 but it was not until May 1920 when the airline flew its first commercial flight – taking two journalists and a pile of newspapers from Croydon airport in London to the Amsterdam. Commercial services started in 1921 and in 1924 KLM flew its first intercontinental flight between... More >


Why letting your property is worth it for expat homeowners

Why letting your property is worth it for expat homeowners

There are several good reasons why it makes sense to rent out your Dutch home to expats if you have to leave the Netherlands. If, as an expat, you have decided to invest in buying home here in the Netherlands, congratulations! The thought of being relocated to another country should not stop you from taking such an important step. You can, after all, always let out your Dutch property when you leave. Here are some of the key benefits. Flexibility... More >


Zeeland: Home to a little piece of Scotland

Zeeland: Home to a little piece of Scotland

From oysters to medieval towns, from Scottish kings to quiet beaches, the province Zeeland has something for everyone, writes Stephanie Dijkstra. The only thing that is reliable about the Dutch weather is its unreliability. When we set out to explore Zeeland, the sun was shining and the skies were blue. A few hours later, it was overcast, with the sun breaking out every now and then to highlight a few features in the landscape. Then, an hour later, it was... More >


The Bold and the Beautiful comes to Amsterdam

The Bold and the Beautiful comes to Amsterdam

The picturesque canals of Amsterdam have long attracted filmmakers and now the city will feature on the small screen as well, as the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful films in the Dutch capital. Having filmed abroad in locations from Australia to Paris, Dubai to Mexico, this will be the first time —after 25 years on the air—that the show comes to the Netherlands. And this is no small thing to the show’s committed fan base. The soap... More >