Thursday 27 February 2020

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



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 >


Adriaan van Dis wins Libris literature prize

Adriaan van Dis wins Libris literature prize

Writer and broadcaster Adriaan van Dis was awarded this year’s prestigious Libris literature prize at a ceremony in the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam on Monday evening. He won the €50,000 prize and bronze medal for his book Ik kom terug (I’ll be back), a memoir in which a 98-year-old mother offers to tell her writer son her life story in exchange for him giving her the pills which will ensure she dies peacefully. The jury, led by Rijksmuseum director Wim... More >


Cycling round Brabant in the footsteps of Van Gogh

Cycling round Brabant in the footsteps of Van Gogh

Like cycling in the Netherlands and Van Gogh? Why not combine the two by following the 335 km-long bike tour that takes you to the places where Van Gogh grew up and that inspired him as a painter. Hilary Staples checks it out. Van Gogh spent a lot of his time in Brabant exploring the countryside on foot. This  long-distance cycle route was first developed in 2013 and has been revamped for 2015 to commemorate the 125th anniversary since his... More >


10 things you need to know about the end of World War II in the Netherlands

10 things you need to know about the end of World War II in the Netherlands

The Netherlands celebrates 70 years since the end of World War II on May 5. But, of course, the war did not end in a day. Here’s an overview of the main events leading up to May 5 and beyond. Dolle Dinsdag (Mad Tuesday) On September 4, 1944, Dutch prime minister-in-exile Pieter Gerbrandy broadcast the news that Breda had been liberated. ‘The hour of freedom has struck,’ he proclaimed from London. People lined the streets to welcome their liberators who... More >





How to deal with your aging parents when you live abroad

How to deal with your aging parents when you live abroad

Scarcely a day goes by in the Netherlands without a news story focusing on care of the elderly. New legislation introduced at the beginning of this year has limited access to residential care and put a much greater emphasis on the role of family and friends in helping people remain living in their own homes. Expat and social worker Ana McGinley, whose own parents live 15,000 kilometres from her home in Haarlem, has some advice about how to cope when... More >



Dutch university appoints American as its professor of cycling

Dutch university appoints American as its professor of cycling

Radboud University in Nijmegen has appointed its first ever cycling professor – and the job is being filled by an American transport expert from the University of Colorado. Visiting professor Keven Krizek will research why the Dutch are so keen on cycling and what the future of cycling is likely to be.  He will also work together with Nijmegen civil servants in solving a number of thorny bike-related issues, broadcaster Nos reports. These include how to deal with electric bikes,... More >


More people visit Dutch museums, big institutes benefit most

More people visit Dutch museums, big institutes benefit most

There were some 26.5 million visits made to Dutch museums in 2013, a 3.3 million rise on 2012, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday. The surge is partly due to the reopening of the Rijksmuseum and modern art Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam, both of which had been closed for renovations for a lengthy period. However, while the big museums, with more than 100,000 visitors a year, were profitable, on average smaller museums lost money, the CBS said. The... More >