Thursday 19 September 2019

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

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 >


Celebrate in your home from home: How to go Dutch at Christmas

Celebrate in your home from home: How to go Dutch at Christmas

The count down to Christmas has begun, but according to weather forecast there’s not much chance of a white Christmas this year. So just how do you give your Christmas that extra touch of ‘Dutchness’ while living in the Netherlands? Here is a list to inspire you, based on some of the ways the Dutch celebrate Christmas at home. Get a tree The Dutch love their trees – in fact they love Christmas decorations in general. If you really want... More >


12 Dutch ads that have become cultural touchstones

12 Dutch ads that have become cultural touchstones

Keep Calm and Carry On? Lovely Day for a Guinness? Just do it? Good advertising can do more than sell shoes and beer, they can become cultural touchstones, referenced over and over again, years after they first appeared. So, if a colleague shouts ‘Heyyyy biertje…’ during a borrel and everyone else laughs but you’re left out in the cold, we’ve got you covered. Molly Quell has put together a list of 12 Dutch advertisements that you need to know. 1... More >


Bitter Herbs author, 98, earns prestigious literary prize

Bitter Herbs author, 98, earns prestigious literary prize

The Netherlands’ most prestigious literary prize PC Hooftprijs has been awarded to 98 year-old author Marga Minco. Minco, who is Jewish, is most famous for her bestselling book Het Bittere Kruid  (bitter herbs, 1957)) in which she evokes the war years in 22 short stories. The author was in her early twenties when she escaped from being transported to a concentration camp by simply walking out of the house when ‘the men in raincoats’ came to take the family away.... More >


Dutch Destinations: explore Utrecht from high up and from way down

Dutch Destinations: explore Utrecht from high up and from way down

DutchNews.nl destinations: Utrecht  Located on the eastern edge of the Randstad, Utrecht is a picturesque city full of history and culture – if you avoid the hideous concrete area around the main railway station – that is. From the top of Dom Tower all the way down to its iconic canals, there’s no shortage of cafes, museums, and other attractions to keep you busy for a weekend trip or an entire lifetime. Human activity in and around Utrecht dates all... More >


Health insurance via your employer? You could be paying too much

Health insurance via your employer? You could be paying too much

The chances are that your health insurance policy is part of a collective plan which you signed up to via work, a sports club or even your local council. But you could very well be paying more than you should. Almost two-thirds of the Dutch population are insured through a collective plan – a type of insurance scheme set up for a group of people, such as company colleagues, a patient organisation or a local authority. Even nature protection groups... More >


Blogwatching: bunkers and naked volleyball

Blogwatching: bunkers and naked volleyball

What do you do if you have been sent to live in the Netherlands as a trailing husband for six months, while your wife works in a high powered job? Visiting columnist Joe Weeg has been exploring his neighbourhood. Part 1: Bunkers and naked volleyball. They are stark naked. Yup, not a speck of clothes. The eight old men have the volleyball net pulled tight in the sand and are shuffling to new positions as I come over the dune.... More >



There is no snow on the way, but here are 11 great things to do in December

There is no snow on the way, but here are 11 great things to do in December

Classic films, Christmas events and Chanel – here are some DutchNews.nl December delights. But if you are more of a bah humbug person who can’t wait for ‘the season to be jolly’ to be over, there is something for you too. Meet Sinterklaas The Catharijneconvent in Utrecht is Sinterklaas’ home away from home and right up until the busiest day in his calender he is inviting all good children up to 8 and their parents for lots of Sinterklaas-related activities... More >


Coding for kids: digital literacy to become key in the curriculum

Coding for kids: digital literacy to become key in the curriculum

Digital literacy is increasingly recognised as a vital component of future education. As the Dutch government seeks to update both the primary and secondary curricula, teaching coding to children is set to become compulsory. Esther O´Toole took a closer look at the current state of coding for kids. Bo Boekelman and Hilde Verschuren, two primary school pupils at De Harlekijn school in Cuijk, Noord Brabant are exploring coding at Expedition Robot, one of the extracurricular courses on offer as part... More >


Art dealers’ heir challenges Dutch government in US court

Art dealers’ heir challenges Dutch government in US court

An American heir of art dealers Benjamin and Nathan Katz who sold art to Nazi officials during the World War II occupation is taking the Dutch government to court in New York in an effort to have 143 works of art returned to the family, the New York Times reports. The Katz heirs maintain that the works in question, which include paintings by Rembrandt and Jan Steen and which are now held by the Dutch government, were sold under duress... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Brex’nkaas Breakdown Edition – Week 46

DutchNews podcast – The Brex’nkaas Breakdown Edition – Week 46

In a week dominated by dodgy deals, Molly and Paul look at the implications of the Brexit breakthrough for UK nationals in the Netherlands, find out how a cinema chain lost €19 million in an internet scam and explain why Dutch language tests have been cancelled for the rest of the year. We also catch up with the ever petulant Max Verstappen, the triumphant women’s football team and the soft cheese manufacturers who learned the hard way that ‘over smaak... More >


Painting valued at €800 goes for nearly €600,000 at auction

Painting valued at €800 goes for nearly €600,000 at auction

A painting expected to fetch between €800 and €1,600 at auction was sold for €570,000 at a Rotterdam auction house on Wednesday, RTV Rijnmond reports. ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds, an unsigned, early 17th century work, may have been taken by dealers for a painting by Italian artist Annibale Carracci whose work is sold for millions,’ auctioneer Arne Bonsaksen of Vendu auction house told the broadcaster. ‘We had our expert take a look at the work and he had it... More >


Indiana Janssen? Dutch teacher writes thrillers about a Leiden archaeologist

Indiana Janssen? Dutch teacher writes thrillers about a Leiden archaeologist

It all started when Jeroen Windmeijer’s wife challenged him to work on a novel during his days off from teaching classes at a high school in Leiden. A few years later, he’s now the author of a bestselling trilogy of thrillers that have spawned their own smartphone app and an upcoming film. The series focuses on the adventures of Peter de Haan, an archaeologist at Leiden University, and a student-turned-historian named Judith Cherev. Together, they set out to solve mysteries... More >


Health insurance premiums go up, so should you be switching insurer?

Health insurance premiums go up, so should you be switching insurer?

Dutch health insurance companies are putting up their rates by an average of €8 a month next year, according to research by insurance comparison website Zorgwijzer.nl. This well below the €10 per month the government had been expecting. In addition, the deductible excess (eigen risico) remains the same in 2019 as it was in 2018 – at €385 per person. Despite the small increase in insurance premiums, the difference between the cheapest and most expensive health insurance is over €300... More >


Dutch destinations: enjoy suikerbrood and sailing in Sneek

Dutch destinations: enjoy suikerbrood and sailing in Sneek

Most famous for its Sneek Week, a week long sailing competition and festival, the Frisian city of Sneek (Snits in West Frisian) has plenty to offer during the other 51 weeks of the year. Molly Quell goes north (again) to check out to eat more suikerbrood and see what the city has to offer. The area around Sneek has been inhabited since Roman times and received its city right in 1456, joining the other 10 Frisian cities that make up... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Mosquitos Should Be Dead By Halloween Edition – Week 45

DutchNews podcast – The Mosquitos Should Be Dead By Halloween Edition – Week 45

The regular podcast team returns to discuss whether nuclear power will kill us faster than global warming, why there’s been a rash of births among sports stars and whether filming at accident scenes should be banned. We also bring you up to date on the Pakistani lawyer fleeing religious persecution, Ajax’s revival in Europe and a forthcoming feast of Rembrandt. In the discussion we ask why several hospitals were allowed to go bankrupt last month and how the government can... More >


From hospitals to dance: getting to grips with Virtual Reality

From hospitals to dance: getting to grips with Virtual Reality

No longer the terrain of developers and gamers alone, Virtual Reality has made its way into hospitals, architects offices, classrooms and the arts. Last month, hundreds of aficionados got together in Amsterdam and Esther O’Toole went along to find out what other realities are taking shape. It’s still unusual and we’re not quite used to it: watching people with strange contraptions on their heads, flailing their arms about, as if in the dark. But step into the seeming darkness and... More >


Write it down: why written notice is indispensable for employers

Write it down: why written notice is indispensable for employers

In a time when we accept VOIP calls, sound bites and instant messaging as standard work tools, it can be tempting to believe that a verbal discussion is sufficient – but this is not always true. In the case of ending a fixed term employment contract, written notice remains essential, writes lawyer Daniëlle van den Heuvel. As the end of an existing fixed-term employment contract approaches, employers have an obligation to notify their employee about how they wish to proceed.... More >


Blogwatching: Opening night (a play about women, sex and porn)

Blogwatching: Opening night (a play about women, sex and porn)

The writer of Amsterfam moved from London to Amsterdam nearly two years ago with three kids. She switched school systems, ditched the car and threw her children into the box on a cargo bike. She has also been known to swear. In my privileged capacity as Tulse Hill’s greatest export to Amsterdam, twice Mumsnet’s blog of the day, guardian of #stevethebakfiets, fair-weather Instagrammer, diarist, documenter of disaster, dealer in schadenfreude – ALL my stock is in schadenfreude, that’s my only horse in... More >