Wednesday 04 August 2021

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


Pioneering Dutch enterprise sets out to put seaweed on the table

Pioneering Dutch enterprise sets out to put seaweed on the table

One enterprising Dutch firm is attempting to commercially farm seaweed and the initial results indicate it may be possible, writes Esther O’Toole. Do you eat seaweed? No? Are you sure? Only around sushi? Well, think again. Seaweed is found in many consumer products from ice cream and processed foods, to vitamin supplements, toothpaste, mascara and biofuel. What is more, being a sustainable crop, it reduces fresh water, land and fertilizer usage. This versatile and tasty resource is drawing a lot... More >


Rise in euthanasia requests sparks concern as criteria for help widen

Rise in euthanasia requests sparks concern as criteria for help widen

Since 2002, euthanasia has been effectively decriminalised in the Netherlands, as long as certain criteria are met. The Dutch position is considered by many to be the blueprint for other countries struggling with right to die issues. Yet, as Gordon Darroch reports, there are concerns in the Netherlands itself about the rise in the number of cases and pressure on patients Ruben van Coevorden clearly remembers the first time a patient asked him to help her die. A woman in... More >


Impress your Dutch colleagues with your Tour de France expertise

Impress your Dutch colleagues with your Tour de France expertise

Now in its 102nd edition, this legendary bicycle race is set to kick off in Utrecht and will once again captivate spectators all around the world. The event gets massive media coverage in the Netherlands with nightly television updates, live coverage and endless analysis. Brandon Hartley has the lowdown, to make sure you can impress your Dutch friends, colleagues and relations with your Tour de France expertise. A brief history The first Tour de France was organised in 1903 by... More >


10 great things to do this week: June 29 – July 5

10 great things to do this week: June 29 – July 5

From a shiny new station entrance and a church roof terrace to English folk rock and the booming notes of an organ, here’s our pick of the week’s best things to do. Marvel at a comic Al Pacino Danny Collins is a tale of an aging pop star attempting to recover his self-respect could well apply to its star, Al Pacino, whose output over the past few decades has been woeful.   Fortunately, director and writer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love... More >


A Dutch flavour for a French institution – the Tour de France starts in Utrecht

A Dutch flavour for a French institution – the Tour de France starts in Utrecht

The Tour de France has a huge following in the Netherlands and this year Utrecht will be turning French as it hosts Le Grand Départ – the grand start of the round France cycle race – on July 4. The 2015 Tour de France is made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of more than 3,300 kilometres. This year the first two stages take place in the Netherlands – one in Utrecht itself and the second from Utrecht to... More >



10 great things to do in the Netherlands this week: June 22-28

10 great things to do in the Netherlands this week: June 22-28

From giant spiders and horticulture on film to Hungarian music and trick cyclists, here’s our pick of the week’s best things to do. Admire British cool The National Ballet performs a programme entitled Cool Britannia which features works by the three foremost contemporary British choreographers: David Dawson, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. Dawson and Wheeldon are presenting new work. McGregor’s contribution is his fast and furious Chroma, for which he won the prestigious Olivier Award. The ballet orchestra is conducted by... More >


Sitting on poles and bongelwuppen: here’s six strange Dutch sports

Sitting on poles and bongelwuppen: here’s six strange Dutch sports

If you are out and about in the Netherlands this summer, you may come across some of these very Dutch activities. Yes, the Dutch may be fabulous at football, hockey and speedskating, but they’ve got some pretty odd sports of their own. Here’s a list compiled by Netherlands by Numbers. 1 Paalzitten It’s what it says – pole sitting. A lot of people, each sitting on his or her individual pole. The person who stays on the longest wins. The... More >



Joop van den Ende poised to sell majority stake in Stage Entertainment

Joop van den Ende poised to sell majority stake in Stage Entertainment

Theatre impresario Joop van den Ende will sign an agreement on Thursday with British private equity firm CVC for a majority stake in his Stage Entertainment company, sources have told the Financieele Dagblad. Van den Ende told the FD last December he was considering selling a majority of his shares in Stage Entertainment and was in preliminary talks with a number of parties. Stage Entertainment needs a capital injection to allow it to grow further. In addition, the 73-year-old Van... More >



From Brabos to Corpsballen: a guide to the 12 tribes of the Netherlands

From Brabos to Corpsballen: a guide to the 12 tribes of the Netherlands

If you are Dutch yourself, or you have been here for some time, you will be well aware that the typical Dutchman does not exist. The Netherlands by Numbers team have put together a list of 12 tribes you may spot, to help newcomers identify who is who. 1 Jordanezen Jordanezen are the original inhabitants of the Jordaan, a neighbourhood in the heart of Amsterdam. A poor but tightly knit community, the Jordanezen of yore shared a love of Italian... More >



10 great things to do in the Netherlands this week: June 8-15

10 great things to do in the Netherlands this week: June 8-15

From Lulu to comedy, tennis to Elbow and Robbie Williams, here’s our pick of the week’s best things to do. Enjoy a different Romeo and Juliette The Rotterdam Philharmonic presents a spectacular show which uses classical music to tell a love story, incorporating dance, singing, aerial acrobatics, magic, costumes and sets. The show is directed by Guy Caron (photo), formerly of Cirque du Soleil. Among the music being played is Prokofiev’s Romeo and Julia suites 1 and 2. The conductor... More >


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 >