Wednesday 15 July 2020

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

10 Dutch statues inspired by novels

10 Dutch statues inspired by novels

Literature as an influence for sculpture? Well, why not? Here’s a collection of Dutch statues which have been inspired by children’s books and novels. 1 Miffy The internationally famous and merchandised-to-the-hilt Nijntje, or Miffy as the inscrutable bunny is called abroad, has a statue on a square named after her in Utrecht, the home town of creator Dick Bruna. 2 Dikkertje Dap Annie M. G. Schmidt created the little boy in the red wellies who wants to slide down the... More >


Dutch company launches plan for recycled plastic roads

Dutch company launches plan for recycled plastic roads

Dutch company KWS Infra is developing a new sort of road made from recycled plastic. This, the company says, will not only cut down on plastic waste but reduce CO2 output from road building and usage, and make roads more sustainable and safer. Esther O’Toole reports. An estimated eight billion tons of plastic is floating around in the oceans and 55% of our plastic waste is still incinerated. Innovative Dutch companies have been busy looking at feasible ways of fishing... More >


How to bank in the Netherlands, with full service and support in English

How to bank in the Netherlands, with full service and support in English

Have you just arrived in the Netherlands? You will notice that a lot is different here: the language, the food, but also the way of banking. We would like to help you find your way around financially. Welcome to the Netherlands. First things first: a Dutch bank account The first thing you need in the Netherlands is a current account with a debit card and credit card. Your employer will use this to pay your salary. And you will need... More >


10 buildings worth a visit during Dutch Heritage Weekend

10 buildings worth a visit during Dutch Heritage Weekend

Saturday is the start of Dutch National Heritage Weekend when over 4,000 listed buildings up and down the country open their doors to the public. Some of these remain firmly closed during the year but on this occasion the owners grant a privileged peek to the curious. And the best thing is it’s absolutely free! This year the organisers of the Open Monumentendag have chosen to highlight the arts & crafts movement. This is where DutchNews would go if it... More >


Louvre works with Rijksmuseum to buy early Rembrandt portraits

Louvre works with Rijksmuseum to buy early Rembrandt portraits

The Louvre in Paris is working with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to try to buy two Rembrandt portraits from the wealthy Rothschild family, the French museum’s director Jean-Luc Martinez told broadcaster BFM Business. In an interview, Martinez says he approached Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes about a joint effort and says the French and Dutch culture ministers have also been in touch about the purchase, the NRC reports. If they are successful, the museums will take turns to exhibit the portraits. The NRC... More >


The American Book Center is a Dutch institution

The American Book Center is a Dutch institution

The American Book Center has turned into a Dutch institution and Lynn Kaplanian-Buller has been its director for over four decades. In this interview, Lynn tells Brandon Hartley what originally brought her to the Netherlands and how two postcards once helped the business pay its rent for an entire year. How did it all start? The American Discount Book, Magazine Retail and Distribution Centre was started by two Americans, Mitch Crossfield and Sam Boltansky, in 1971. Mitch already lived here... More >


Escher museum buys rare unknown work

Escher museum buys rare unknown work

The Escher museum in The Hague has uncovered a hitherto unknown work by the  artist, which had been in his family since it was produced. The work features the Italian hilltop village of Montecelio and was drawn in 1924 when Escher was spending time in Rome. The museum says the work is unique because it does not have an edition number. ‘Unknown and important work by Escher rarely turns up,’ curator Micky Piller told RTL news. Before Escher started on... More >


Moving to the Netherlands: should you rent or buy a home?

Moving to the Netherlands: should you rent or buy a home?

The Dutch housing market has had its ups and downs in the past few years, so is it better to buy or rent? How do you know what’s the right thing to do in your personal situation? ABN AMRO, specialised in expat banking, can give you tailor-made advice. Expats are not always sure how long they will stay in one place or country. This makes it important to to think carefully about buying or renting a house. Renting in the... More >


Crab for breakfast? 10 facts about a Dutch still life featuring food

Crab for breakfast? 10 facts about a Dutch still life featuring food

Dutch still life paintings featuring food were all the rage in the Golden Age. Willem Claeszoon Heda (1594-1680) was particularly good at them. Hanneke Sanou looks at the hidden meanings in his Breakfast with Crab. All is vanity 1 An ‘ontbijtje’, or small breakfast, is a particular genre in Dutch 17th century still life painting, as were flower pieces, banquet pieces, paintings featuring dead animals and Vanitas paintings. But all were really vanitas paintings, or paintings that reminded the rich... More >


The Evolution of Bingo (third party content)

The Evolution of Bingo (third party content)

The way that we interact with each other has changed. The rise and popularity of social media profiles helps us to maintain connections with our friends and family, especially those who live in different countries and cities. But keeping in touch online can never replace spending quality time with the people you love. Bingo has been a popular pastime in the Netherlands for decades. There are still active bingo halls in use but over the past ten years the game... More >



Public broadcasters to lose populist entertainment role

Public broadcasters to lose populist entertainment role

Junior culture minister Sander Dekker is pressing ahead with his plan to remove populist entertainment from the Dutch public broadcasters, but says he wants them to remain ‘relevant’ to a new generation of viewers. The draft media law states that no more public money should be spent on quizz shows and reality soaps and that broadcasters without creative ideas should be given less airtime. Only programmes which are informative, cultural or educational should be produced. A programme such as the... More >



That time an American woman had to convince her Dutch doctor she wasn’t a sex worker

That time an American woman had to convince her Dutch doctor she wasn’t a sex worker

The Dutch have very distinctive ideas about sexual health, as Molly Quell found out. A few weeks ago, I got a letter telling me I was old. Well, not in so many words. I got a letter, from the government, saying that because I am turning 30 this year, it’s time for a pap smear. In the Netherlands, women only start getting pap smears done when they turn 30 and then every five years. In the US, you typically start... More >


10 great things to do this week: August 24-30

10 great things to do this week: August 24-30

From food markets and the new Woody Allen to Miffy’s birthday celebrations and music under the trees, here’s our pick of the week’s best things to do. Watch Woody’s new film For his 45th feature film Woody Allen has put together an existential thriller which takes various themes from some of his earlier films. Like the wonderful Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and the stodgy Match Point (2005), the film’s central conceit is a murder and the effect it has on... More >


The Maasduinen national park is one of Limburg’s best kept secrets

The Maasduinen national park is one of Limburg’s best kept secrets

Ask anyone if they know of a big nature reserve in the Netherlands, and they are sure to come up with De Hoge Veluwe National Park. However, National Park Maasduinen in the northern part of Limburg is definitely worth a visit as well. Maasduinen National Park only officially opened in 1998 and is still an oasis of calm. Even in the sunniest of weather, you cab pass an entire day enjoying the peace and quiet of this area relatively undisturbed.... More >


‘She was built to sail any ocean and that’s what we’re achieving’

‘She was built to sail any ocean and that’s what we’re achieving’

Commander Gavin Dawe is in charge of the Young Endeavour, a tall ship from Australia that’s currently sailing towards the Netherlands for SAIL Amsterdam. It’s also in the middle of an historic year-long journey around the world. In this interview, Dawe tells Brandon Hartley about everyday life on the high seas, the dangers his crews have encountered so far, and whether or not there’s good coffee on board the ship. What’s life like on board the ship while you’re out... More >


10 great things to do this week – August 17-23

10 great things to do this week – August 17-23

From welcoming tall ships and saving the bassoon to celebrating Amy and enjoying opera in a beautiful garden, here’s our pick of the week’s best things to do. Welcome the tall ships Sail Amsterdam is the huge maritime manifestation when tall ships from all over the world visit the city to moor in its eastern harbour, and people can then visit the ships. There are also hundreds of other historical ships moored in the harbour. There is a programme of... More >


Artist Jan Montyn dies at 90

Artist Jan Montyn dies at 90

The Dutch artist Jan Montyn died in Amsterdam on Thursday night. He was 90 years old. Montyn, who specialised in etching, was inspired by the wars he had witnessed: World War II, the Korean war and the wars in Cambodia, Vietnam and Burma. His work can be seen in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.     More >


Celebrate Amsterdam’s maritime past at SAIL 2015

Celebrate Amsterdam’s maritime past at SAIL 2015

SAIL is one of the city’s biggest and most unique festivals but it only happens once every five years. Brandon Hartley checks out what is on offer for the 2015 edition. Amsterdam and boats have gone hand in hand since it consisted of little more than a few cottages and a bridge over the Amstel. Needless to say, the city has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the Middle Ages. During the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam’s ports... More >