A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications




Unpacking the storming success of Thierry Baudet

Unpacking the storming success of Thierry Baudet

A few weeks before the Dutch election in March I sent a rather inauspicious tweet, pledging to plunge into the North Sea without the aid of swimming trunks if Thierry Baudet’s Forum voor Democratie made it into Parliament.  More >


The Netherlands’ racist blackface tradition needs to go

The Netherlands’ racist blackface tradition needs to go

Ah, holiday time in the Netherlands. It means pepernoten (holiday cookies), handwritten, personalized poems to give to friends and family, and large parades across the country. But for many cities in the Netherlands, the season of Sinterklaas is not complete without a dash of holiday blackface.  More >





Could Dutch indoor farming help address food shortages?

Could Dutch indoor farming help address food shortages?

By 2050, Earth’s population is expected to rise to 10 billion, while the resources on the planet continue to shrink. Researchers in the Netherlands are experimenting with one way to feed more people with less: growing crops indoors.   More >








This 39-year old father of three sold everything he had for bitcoin

This 39-year old father of three sold everything he had for bitcoin

Didi Taihuttu believes in bitcoin, and in a big way. The 39-year-old has put his house up for sale — selling it in part for bitcoin — and now lives with his family on a campsite near Venlo in The Netherlands. All of his other items are for sale, too: the car, the motorbike, electric bikes, the children’s toys, clothing, shoes.  More >



10 must-see Dutch Design Week exhibitions

10 must-see Dutch Design Week exhibitions

Dutch Design Week kicked off in Eindhoven today, and Dezeen is in town hosting debates about whether design can tackle global issues. We've picked out 10 other worthy events and exhibitions, from an embassy exploring the future of food to a plastic recycling workshop.  More >


What nobody told me… …about the Netherlands

What nobody told me… …about the Netherlands

Some years ago, already working in ‘active transport’, and seeking to deepen my understanding around urban design, I took the opportunity to take a family holiday for a week in the Netherlands. Among many many reactions to the experience, one big one I experienced was simply surprise that nobody had told me about most of the amazing things I’d see.  More >


Splitting the difference: Why the new Dutch government isn’t as boring as it seems

Splitting the difference: Why the new Dutch government isn’t as boring as it seems

Like a man in a diving suit trying to complete a marathon, Mark Rutte has finally staggered over the finish line. Nearly seven months after Dutch voters went to the polls, the incumbent Prime Minister has finally managed to negotiate a new coalition agreement with the progressive D66 and the conservative Christian Democrats and Christian Union; an odd collection of allies which the NRC newspaper memorably described as representing both “the cargo bike and the church pew”.  More >