DutchNews podcast – The Long Live King Trouby Edition – Week 16

DutchNews podcast – The Long Live King Trouby Edition – Week 16

As the country gears up for the Easter weekend, the podcast team checks on the progress of the fledgling provincial governments and asks if fears that the housing market is overheating are well grounded. We also look at Ajax's rejuvenation in Europe, what sank Amsterdam's last floating flower business and how one of the country's most decorated soldiers poured home-made fertiliser all over his reputation. And with a week to go to King's Day, we ask why young people are turning their backs on the monarchy. Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of dog food and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become a Patreon backer Top story Nationalist FvD in talks to form administrations in two provinces News Confidence in housing market drops to lowest level in over four years Number of people killed on Dutch roads rose by 11% last year Amsterdam's last 'floating florist' claims tourists have made business wilt Decorated soldier accused of head-butting policeman who booked him for urinating outdoors Sport Ajax knock out Italian giants Juventus to reach Champions League semi-finals Discussion: Is the monarchy fit for the 21st century? Sharp fall in support for monarchy among young people From Kings Day to lions, lemurs and lino: 12 great things to do in April Travelling to Amersfoort for King's Day? Check NS's website for the special timetable  More >

US citizens have obligations in NL

It’s Dutch-American Friendship Day, but have you filed your taxes? Friday, April 19, is Dutch-American Friendship Day, the day on which the Netherlands and the US celebrate 227 years of diplomatic relations. But not all is easy for the US nationals who have made their home in the Low Countries - especially when it comes to taxes and a mysterious thing called FATCA. As friendly as relations are between the two countries, American citizens living in the Netherlands still have the unfriendly obligation of paying US taxes - which they should have done by last Monday. It's a requirement that many are unaware of, or have conveniently forgotten, and it applies equally to US citizens to have never lived in the country as to those who are living away for a few years. It all stems back to 1902, when an American named George Cook moved to Mexico. He set up a business. He married a Mexican woman. And 22 years later, the Internal Revenue Service of the United States demanded $1,193.38 for unpaid tax. Cook claimed that the US had no right to tax income he earned...  More >

‘I have a new appreciation for the rules'

‘I have a new appreciation for the ‘rules’ of society’ Swapping New Amsterdam for Old, 37-year-old visual effects expert Ricky Weissman from New York quickly felt at home in the surprisingly familiar architecture of Amsterdam’s Jordaan. Three years in, he is mad for mustard, flowers and sand dunes and never says no to a poffertje. How did you end up in the Netherlands? My wife and I were living in Brooklyn, New York about three years ago now and we had found that we were travelling to Europe more and more often and that the cost of getting here and the time it took was just kind of killing us. We figured that we would find a way to get closer to our end goal, which was to live here for a few years and see if we liked it. I was freelancing for a company in New York City that had strongholds all over the world and I put in for a European destination and they told me they had an Amsterdam office and had a position available. We came out here for a week to see if we liked the city and taste the food and feel the culture. We decided that...  More >

Seven myths about recruitment agencies

Debunking seven myths about recruitment agencies in the Netherlands The Dutch unemployment rate may be at a record low and companies in some sectors are crying out for good staff, so does it still makes sense to use a recruitment agency to make the most of your chances on the career ladder? People have a lot of misconceptions about recruiters and the recruitment industry. Anastasia and Ljiljana, marketing specialists at Adams Multilingual Recruitment, a leading recruitment agency for international talent, help debunk the biggest myths about employment agencies in the Netherlands. Myth No1: As a job seeker I need to pay for the service Many job seekers think they need to pay a certain fee for recruitment services, but that could not be further from the truth. The service is free of charge for the candidates. Myth No2: Recruitment agencies only offer temporary jobs This is not always the case. Many agencies have positions that involve a direct contract with a company. Recruitment consultants have established relationships with hiring managers...  More >

10 Dutch things to get your head around

Gedogen, polderen, osseworst? 10 Dutch things to get your head around There are some things about the Netherlands which can be impossible to get your head around - partly because every Dutch person will assume you know what they are talking about. Here's a mix of concepts, events and physical things that everyone needs get to grips with. Polderen Polder is the Dutch word for reclaimed land and is now used as a verb to describe the very Dutch process of working together to reach consensus on some issue or another. This comes from the idea that everyone was forced to work together to protect the country from the sea. The polder, therefore, has come to mean the tripartite discussions which take place between unions, employers and politicians as they attempt to tackle some particularly thorny issue like pension reform. So when you see a Dutch news headline which states 'klimaatconflict in de polder', it does not mean that there is a conflict about the climate on reclaimed land, but that no-one agrees what to do about climate change. Koopkrachtplaatjes Everyone's...  More >

Podcast: The Stamppot with Jelly Edition

DutchNews podcast – The Stamppot with Jelly Edition – Week 15 Cheese and chips are on the menu in this week's podcast as the Chinese are accused of stealing the Netherlands' digital secrets, Donald Trump threatens to raise the tariffs on Gouda and Edam and the country is warned of a growing obesity crisis. We also ask why Enschede council bailed out its football club, why the Dutch are taking over Britain's railways and whether your tax demands will be arriving by drone in future. In our discussion we try to unravel the Moebius band of disaster that is Brexit and what the new deadlines mean from a Dutch perspective. Ophef of the week: Appearance of lesbian couple in Donald Duck sparks mixed reactions Top story: Chinese data spies Dutch chip ASML maker targeted by industrial spies linked to Chinese government News Fewer smokers but half the population is still overweight Better prison food could help reduce reoffending Donald Trump threatens tariffs on Dutch cheese and helicopters Post by drone technology cleared for...  More >

Eindhoven attracts expat buyers

The journey starts and ends here: why expats are buying in Eindhoven It has world-leading tech firms and start-ups, an innovative university of technology and a bustling, well-connected centre – and experts believe that buying a house in Eindhoven could start your vibrant new life in the Netherlands. ‘It is expected that in three years, one third of the population in Eindhoven will be foreign – students, seasonal workers and expats,’ says Roy Schreurs, Mortgage Consultant at Expat Mortgages in the region. ‘It is a modern place, very vibrant, with plenty to do, lots of young people and start-up companies, so it attracts people from all over the world. They even call it the “silicon valley of Europe!”’ Such is the demand that Expat Mortgages opened an office in Eindhoven in 2017, covering the Noord Brabant town and the south of the Netherlands, and has already helped almost 60 people with the door keys to their new home. Rich life Schreurs, who lives in nearby Roermond, says the location unlocks a rich life with the help...  More >

Local news from each corner of the country

Read all about it: Local news from every corner of the country The DutchNews.nl team is a small one and we cover the entire country. So sometimes local news stories don’t make the cut on our site. But there are other options out there. Here’s a round-up of local, English-language news sources and specialist news websites. Amsterdam Amsterdam, unsurprisingly, has a few options. The city government’s office for internationals, InAmsterdam, regularly updates its website with news stories from around the city. The city government itself also translates from of their news items into English and posts them on their website. The University of Amsterdam has an active English-language student paper, The Amsterdammer. The content is geared towards the student body but they also cover lots of local events and issues. InAmsterdam City of Amsterdam The Amsterdammer The Hague The city itself provides a lot of English-language news on their website. In addition, The Hague Online regularly updates with news stories about the city and region, plus...  More >

Get a personal fitness training schedule

Is it time your fitness training schedule got personal? Are you still dithering about getting fit - even though you promised you really would take it seriously this year?  We visit the Personal Health Club in Amsterdam to find out why its personalised training concept gets clients such good results. ‘The personal attention that we give is what we stand for,’ says Ashton Payne, trainer and club manager at the Personal Health Club in the heart of Amsterdam’s Oud Zuid district. Founded in May 1997, the club has a long history of working closely with its members, the majority of which have stayed with the club in excess of 10 years. The Personal Health Club fills a gap between costly 1:1 personal training and conventional gym membership, offering a concept based on small groups working out with shared personal trainers. A month’s membership costs €115 and gives you unlimited access to the gym and a huge choice of (extra) classes such as Zumba, B-kick, yoga, boxing, Pump and more. Gym fatigue is unlikely. ‘[Normally] you go...  More >

What do you mean: 'mass immigration'?

‘Mass immigration’ says more about the people who use the term Define your terms and don't fudge the facts about immigration, says Leiden professor Leo Lucassen. One of the spectres conjured up by Thierry Baudet in the last few weeks is that of ‘mass immigration’. It is a menace to the Netherlands and Europe, Baudet told voters but what the Forum voor Democratie leader meant exactly remained unclear. Should we count Germans, Americans and Poles or is he just referring to those who are destroying our wonderful European culture? In other words, is ‘mass immigration’ code for Muslims and Africans? In the light of his musings on ‘boreal’, white Europe it most likely is the latter. Doomsday scenario Apart from the introduction of this veiled extreme-right term, Baudet has shown few other signs of originality. The inventor of the term ‘mass immigration’ in a Dutch context is Geert Wilders who started to use it some 15 years ago. In the run-up to the 2010 elections Wilders never tired of presenting a doomsday scenario in...  More >

14 suggestions for a perfect spring break

Dutch destinations: 14 suggestions for that perfect spring break With the weather turning warmer, what better thing to do with your weekend than go on a spring break? Since last year, DutchNews.nl has carried a monthly travel feature in which we give you the lowdown on a Dutch destination. Here's a round up to inspire you to see more of the Netherlands. Enjoy suikerbrood and sailing in Sneek Explore Leiden without the tourist hustle Deventer is an under-rated gem Explore Utrecht from high up and from way down Get a taste of the south in Venlo Enjoy art and cream pastries in Den Bosch Go Dutch with a holiday in the countryside There’s more to Delft than blue and white china Explore 2,000 years of history in Nijmegen Go north to Leeuwarden Exploring the shores of Ameland Take the train for a weekend in Rotterdam Getting windblown in winter on Texel Mooch around in Maastricht Would you like us to visit a particular destination and find out more? Email your suggestions to editor@dutchnews.nl  More >