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


Why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world

Why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world

In a biology class at a secondary school near Rotterdam, Gerrit the skeleton is not the only one with a permanent grin. The Groen van Prinsterer Lyceum, which first trialled happiness lessons a decade ago, teaches some of the least troubled teens in the world.  More >



Mark Rutte: North’s quiet rebel

Mark Rutte: North’s quiet rebel

Angela Merkel may have closed the coffin lid on Emmanuel Macron’s EU reform plans, but it was Mark Rutte who dug the grave. Before the chancellor said France (and the rest of the eurozone) could forget any lingering hope that Germany will pursue a great leap forward in eurozone integration, the Dutch prime minister was leading the charge against exactly the same thing.  More >



Why are Dutch Americans so different from the Dutch?

Why are Dutch Americans so different from the Dutch?

Pete Hoekstra seemed a good choice for America’s ambassador to the Netherlands when President Donald Trump appointed him last year. Mr Hoekstra, a former congressman, was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Holland, a largely Dutch-American town in Michigan.  More >




Dutch city uses penis fountain to rebel against art project

Dutch city uses penis fountain to rebel against art project

When the Dutch city of Leeuwarden commissioned 11 fountains by modern artists to celebrate being made European capital of culture 2018, it probably didn’t expect such stiff opposition. Internationally renowned sculptors – including the British artists Cornelia Parker and Lucy Orta – each designed a fountain for one of 11 cities in the province of Friesland. For the city of Workum, Parker took her inspiration from a pair of lions on a 17th-century coat of arms, designing two huge replicas, with water spouting from their claws.  More >



Even the smallest of Dutch towns are becoming smart

Even the smallest of Dutch towns are becoming smart

An increasing number of Dutch towns and cities use street sensors and big data to tackle societal problems. From smart lighting to artificial intelligence that spots violent behaviour in surveillance footage, smart technology is booming in the Netherlands  More >


The Dutch city with a constantly changing name

The Dutch city with a constantly changing name

Known as Leeuwarden, Ljouwert and Liwwadden, along with hundreds of variants over the centuries, 2018’s European Capital of Culture is the world’s undisputed capital of place names.  More >






How is the Dutch king like a cop?

How is the Dutch king like a cop?

Insulting a king used to be dangerous business, but in the Netherlands, it could soon be the legal equivalent of trash-talking an ambulance driver. Under Dutch law, insulting the monarch is a crime — though it is rarely prosecuted — punishable by up to five years in prison.  More >




Urk fishermen prepare for choppy Brexit waters

Urk fishermen prepare for choppy Brexit waters

The fishermen of Urk know that Brexit is going to hurt, but they aren’t going to accept the pain without a fight. The Dutch coastal town is built on fish. Until 1939, and the construction of a dyke to the mainland, it was an island. Its inhabitants were so isolated from the rest of the country that in winter the sick had to be transported across the ice on sledges to reach the nearest hospital.  More >