Tuesday 05 July 2022

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

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 >



10 great things to do this week – August 10-16

10 great things to do this week – August 10-16

From bursts of colour at the seaside and the music of George Gershwin to tall men and self-mockery, here’s our pick of the week’s best things to do. Ooh and aah with delight The coastline at Scheveningen is lit up by thousands of fireworks during the annual International Firework Festival which takes place over two weekends, starting this Friday. This weekend there are displays by firework experts from Poland, Germany, Japan and Korea. Next weekend it’s the turn of Italy,... More >


Science and technology still fail to attract Dutch female students

Science and technology still fail to attract Dutch female students

For all its innovative work in tech, engineering and the sciences, the Netherlands lags behind in encouraging women into these fields. Esther O’Toole talks to some of the women working to right the balance. Last month there was uproar in the international science community when Nobel Prize winning biochemist Tim Hunt stood up in front of a conference of science journalists in Seoul, South Korea and said: ‘Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen... More >


10 great things to do this week – August 3 – 9

10 great things to do this week – August 3 – 9

From watching films outdoors and checking out a huge market of hand-crafted items to admiring Matisse cutouts and steaming through the countryside, here’s our pick of the week’s best things to do. Catch Matisse while you still can Photo: Stedelijk Collection Don’t miss the biggest collection ever exhibited in the Netherlands of the work of the French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954), which has two weeks to run. In his paintings and cut-outs Matisse sought the most perfect possible union between... More >


Buy-to-let mortgages in the Netherlands (third party content)

Buy-to-let mortgages in the Netherlands (third party content)

In some countries buying property to rent out is a popular investment. So what is the situation in the Netherlands? Henk van Seijen of financial advisory group Finsens has the low-down. Expats often come to us asking whether it would be possible for them to purchase a apartment to rent out. This is because apartments and residences in the large Dutch cities are considered an interesting investment. In addition to rental income, the properties also go up in value. Obviously... More >


How to plan a cycling city: university summer school course is a big draw

How to plan a cycling city: university summer school course is a big draw

Amsterdam is known the world over for its bikes and its cycling population. Esther O’Toole visits a unique summer course at the University of Amsterdam that seeks to give students insight into the world of Dutch cycling. The University of Amsterdam has been running summer courses for nearly 20 years. However, this is the first time that they have run a Planning the Cycling City course, which looks at the history, policy, infrastructure, planning, and culture of urban cycling in the Netherlands.... More >


10 things you need to know about Vincent van Gogh

10 things you need to know about Vincent van Gogh

On July 29, it is 125 years since master painter Vincent van Gogh shot himself in France. Here’s a list of facts about Van Gogh which you can drop into the conversation and become an instant expert. 1 Van Gogh was a post impressionist Van Gogh is ranked among the post impressionists. Typical of the period, roughly between 1885 and 1905, were a bold use of colour and dark contour lines, both of which are evident in his work, especially... More >


10 great things to do this week – July 27-August 2

10 great things to do this week – July 27-August 2

From a tiny superhero and iron men to floating flowers and vintage cars, here’s our pick of the week’s best things to do. Check out the competitions Sneek Week is a week of races on the lake of the Frisian town of Sneek. There are competitions for boats and catamarans in all classes, including Falcons, Rainbows and Ynglings. Among the races is the final of the championship for the typical Frisian sailing boats known as skütjes. Elsewhere in the town... More >