Monday 22 July 2019

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

DutchNews podcast – The Tweede Derde Vierde Kamer Mint Edition – Week 5

DutchNews podcast – The Tweede Derde Vierde Kamer Mint Edition – Week 5

It’s a high-stakes edition of the podcast as political parties are banned from receiving foreign donations, the government sees an €8 million Rubens painting go west and cyclists face €95 fines for using mobile phones. In sport, physiotherapists’ goldmine Robin van Persie leaves Ajax’s €75 million man chasing shadows in the Klassieker, while FC Utrecht call time on Dick Advocaat’s lucrative career. And we discuss whether the deal to grant amnesty for more child refugees to settle means Mark Rutte’s... More >


Expanding or going it alone? How to set up a business in the Netherlands

Expanding or going it alone? How to set up a business in the Netherlands

The Netherlands, with its stable business climate, its open economy and its excellent transport infrastructure, is one of the biggest draws in Europe when it comes to setting up in business. For a small country, the Netherlands packs a lot of punch. The country is considered one of the best connected in the world, thanks to its ports and transportation hubs – as well as its high speed internet. The country is currently sixth in the World Economic Forum’s ranking... More >


Gods, perfection and dance: 12 great things to do in February

Gods, perfection and dance: 12 great things to do in February

There is plenty of art and culture on offer this February – from the start of the Rembrandt celebrations to the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. Hanneke Sanou has some recommendations. Meet Rembrandt the social networker This year the Netherlands is celebrating 350 years of Rembrandt and the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam, where the artist lived for 20 years, kicks of the festivities with an exhibition about the role of friends, relatives and patrons in his life. Rembrandt... More >


Expat Centre Leiden gives internationals a warm welcome

Expat Centre Leiden gives internationals a warm welcome

    Leiden has a thriving international community, and many of the region’s expats have been helped to feel at home by Leiden Expat Centre. So what is the secret of its success? Last year, Expat Centre Leiden registered its 1,000th international worker. It’s a testament to the success of the project, which aims to give a soft landing to people coming to live and work in the region and create a community of internationals. Expat Centre Leiden is a public... More >


Find your community at the international Feel at Home Fair

Find your community at the international Feel at Home Fair

The Feel at Home Fair is the biggest gathering of the international community in the Netherlands. Over 4,000 people, representing more than 100 nationalities, come together in The Hague’s city hall to share their experience of life in Holland. The Feel at Home Fair is known for the special warmth and atmosphere which it brings to The Hague every winter. The fair is a one-stop shop for help with everything from buying a house or choosing a school, to finding... More >


Rembrandt died 350 years ago this year: some key facts about his life

Rembrandt died 350 years ago this year: some key facts about his life

Rembrandt van Rijn died 350 years ago this year and museums all over the land are commemorating the event. Here are some key facts about the Netherlands’ greatest – and most lucrative – old master. His early years Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born in the Weddesteeg in Leiden on July 15th 1606. The 17th century building is no more but a plaque marks the approximate spot. Leiden remained his home for the next 25 years and while among his... More >



Why Dutch entrepreneurs need to know how to do SEO

Why Dutch entrepreneurs need to know how to do SEO

Thousands of people in the Netherlands, including DutchNews.nl readers, are online entrepreneurs. But what do all of these people have in common? They develop and promote their business through a website. However, not everyone’s website gets visitors from search engines. We’re going to let you in on a secret, but to do that, we need to dive into the mysterious world of SEO. As you may know, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation and is basically a method that ensures... More >


Sale of Rubens ‘not right royal way’, says museum director

Sale of Rubens ‘not right royal way’, says museum director

Criticism is mounting of the royal family’s decision to sell a number of works of art at auction, among which a drawing by Rubens, the AD reports. Later this month, auction house Sotheby’s will be selling silver, Chinese porcelain, and drawings by old masters, of which the charcoal drawing of a young man by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens is the most important. According to Sotheby’s catalogue the drawing, which will go under the hammer on January 30 and is... More >


Blogwatching: 10 best restaurants in Amsterdam – the 2018 Edition

Blogwatching: 10 best restaurants in Amsterdam – the 2018 Edition

British by birth and Dutch by choice, Vicky Hampton, aka the Amsterdam Foodie, is a writer, cook and avid foodie who has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 2006.  Every December since 2014, I’ve looked back on my favourite restaurants of the year in Amsterdam. Not necessarily newly opened – but new for me. Usually, I base the list on my Restaurants of the Month – a revolving selection I make (unsurprisingly) once a month. But this year, for various... More >


Traditional Dutch bikes: sit up straight, back-pedal brakes and a ring lock

Traditional Dutch bikes: sit up straight, back-pedal brakes and a ring lock

Dutch bicycles are a cultural icon and the classic Dutch bike has changed little in design for over 100 years. Joshua Parfitt finds out what makes them so enduring. The toilets at the National Bicycle Museum Velorama, in Nijmegen, are gendered. Any long-time resident of the Netherlands would quickly figure out the game: the diamond-frame bicycle is the men’s, the step-through-frame bicycle is the women’s. With or without a step-through frame, Dutch bikes are instantly recognisable. But ‘Dutch bike’ is... More >


From black activism to blue movies: 11 great things to do in January

From black activism to blue movies: 11 great things to do in January

So another year has gone by. We are all older and probably no wiser – especially those with a New Year hangover. Here are some jolly outings to escape the post festivity blues. Listen to the music The elegantly restored Oosterkerk in Amsterdam ushers in the new year with its annual New Year’s concert performed by the ‘t Hart family and friends. They will be playing Bach, Brahms, Szymanowski and Shostakovich. It’s free but a contribution would be appreciated. January... More >


10 ways to celebrate New Year in the Netherlands

10 ways to celebrate New Year in the Netherlands

New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands is celebrated in a most untypically over-the-top  way. Here are 10 things you must do to fit right in. 1. Buy fireworks – lots of them and enormous ones – if you have not smuggled them in from Belgium or Eastern Europe months ago. You can only buy fireworks on December 29, 30 and 31 – and for some reason, garages seem to be popular licenced stockists. Start setting off your fireworks well before... More >


Seven tips to keep your health insurance premium to a minimum

Seven tips to keep your health insurance premium to a minimum

Health insurance premiums are rising by an average of €80 a year in 2019. Shopping for a new policy definitely pays off, considering the large premium gaps between insurance companies. But what things should you consider when comparing insurance providers?   Here’s a list of seven tips to help keep your insurance premium as low as possible: 1 Consider a budget policy Budget policies are generally cheaper than the standard policies and will save you about €5 a month. The budget... More >


Make the most of the Dutch countryside – a few winter walks

Make the most of the Dutch countryside – a few winter walks

The Dutch are keen on walking and the countryside is riddled with signposted walks to encourage you to get out and about. Here’s a few suggestions to help you walk off the effect of all that festive food. De Rijp – 7 to 22 km The pretty village of De Rijp in Noord Holland is famous as a place to go boating, but it also offers several walks past tiny villages and, outside the breeding season, across fields into the... More >


Why is ‘The Evenings’ a Dutch Christmas classic?

Why is ‘The Evenings’ a Dutch Christmas classic?

Set in the period from Christmas to New Year 1946, The Evenings (De Avonden) is considered a classic of Dutch literature. Molly Quell wonders why De Avonden is so important and if you should read it. You could say The Evenings is about nothing, and nothing happens. The novel follows Frits van Egters, a 23-year-old office clerk living in Amsterdam and covers 10 days from December 22 to December 31 1946. Van Egters is bored, dissatisfied with his life and... More >


Review of the year: The Seven Deadly Dutch Sins of 2018

Review of the year: The Seven Deadly Dutch Sins of 2018

The New Year beckons and with it a slate mercifully wiped clean of pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth and anything else you swore you would stop indulging in last December. But where does the Netherlands stand as a nation when it comes to the seven deadly sins? We have gone through the archives to gauge the nation’s sinfulness in this darkest of months.  Read it and repent, ye sinners. Pride Pride come before a fall and Camiel Eurlings’... More >



Christmas is coming, and here’s some special events to get you in the mood

Christmas is coming, and here’s some special events to get you in the mood

The festive season is almost upon us, and whether you’re looking for cosy, cultural or culinary, we have Christmas holiday highlights to suit one and all. Amsterdam Amsterdam Light Festival If you’re in the capital during the holidays, make sure to give yourself time to tour the canals and take in the many exhibits of this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival. Special highlights include light artworks inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night and, for the first time, a specially commissioned theatre... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Commercial Breakdown Edition – Week 50

DutchNews podcast – The Commercial Breakdown Edition – Week 50

Our last podcast of the year features a helter-skelter game of red cards, own goals and penalties that ultimately changed nothing, while away from the Brexit negotiations Ajax qualified for the next round of the Champions League. We ask why girls are more likely to move up the educational ladder then boys, whether stints will ever be allowed back on cycle paths and why a group of Chinese villagers were told to Buddha off by a Dutch court. In the... More >