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



Life in Amsterdam’s biggest squat – in pictures

After 20 years, squatters occupying the Amsterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij former shipyard have been ordered to leave. Photographer Sanne Derks met members of the community, who say moving elsewhere is impossible.  More >




Dutch ‘Magic Table’ game helps dementia patients relax and reminisce

Dutch ‘Magic Table’ game helps dementia patients relax and reminisce

Doris, 90, is prodding at a colourful image of a beach ball projected on to the table in front of her. She sends it wheeling off towards Don, who sweeps at it, bouncing it back. William taps at the image while Cathy watches intently, occasionally reaching out a hand. Doris giggles, Don grins, Cathy smiles gently. William is concentrating hard  More >



Adyen’s IPO success spurs hopes European tech scene has turned a corner

Adyen’s IPO success spurs hopes European tech scene has turned a corner

The rousing recent listing of Dutch payments company Adyen ADYEN 2.60% NV is offering investors hope that Europe’s tech scene is finally fertile enough to generate a stream of successful startups. Adyen, which handles payment-processing for blue chips including Netflix Inc., Facebook Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., has sparked excitement following its initial public offering in June—one of Europe’s largest this year. Its shares are up 156% since the IPO, valuing the company at more than $25 billion.  More >


Despite its reputation, weed is still illegal in the Netherlands

Despite its reputation, weed is still illegal in the Netherlands

It’s a common misconception that cannabis is legal in the Netherlands. Should you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops, you can purchase a joint without worrying about legal consequences. But that same coffee shop bought that same cannabis from, effectively, a criminal.  More >


Her war never stopped: the Dutch teenager who resisted the Nazis

Her war never stopped: the Dutch teenager who resisted the Nazis

The first thing the Nazis took from Freddie Oversteegen was her bed. Her mother, Trijn, a communist bringing up her children independently in the Dutch city of Haarlem, sheltered Jews, dissidents and gay people as they fled Germany in the 1930s. Oversteegen, who was seven when Adolf Hitler came to power, bunked in with her big sister Truus to make room.  More >


Rotterdam prepared for worst when Britain crashes out of EU

Rotterdam prepared for worst when Britain crashes out of EU

Europe’s largest port, Rotterdam, is counting down to Brexit. “In about 200 days’ time, if nothing else happens… we will need to supervise all the goods coming in and out of the UK market,” says Roel van ’t Veld, Brexit coordinator at the Dutch customs authority.  More >



Indiana Jones and the relics of Brazil

Indiana Jones and the relics of Brazil

As the dust settles at the National Museum of Brazil after its devastating fire last week, Samuel Franco Arce is gearing up to help. Arce has twice rescued his own small museum in Guatemala from floods and storms, and has just completed a Dutch leadership course to teach others this unusual form of emergency aid.  More >


Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Amsterdam may have the answer

Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Amsterdam may have the answer

An unkempt stretch of tall grass, wildflowers and weeds in front of a train station doesn't look like much — but it may be crucial to solving one of the world's biggest environmental puzzles. While scientists around the globe have been sounding alarm bells over the decline of bees and pollinators crucial to the growth of crops, the diversity of wild bee and honeybee species in the Dutch capital has increased by 45 percent since 2000.  More >




The troubled 29-year-old helped to die by Dutch doctors

The troubled 29-year-old helped to die by Dutch doctors

In January a young Dutch woman drank poison supplied by a doctor and lay down to die. Euthanasia is legal in Holland, so hers was a death sanctioned by the state. But Aurelia Brouwers was not terminally ill - she was allowed to end her life on account of her psychiatric illness.  More >



This is how Dutch police knows you’re buying drugs online

This is how Dutch police knows you’re buying drugs online

When I visited the dark web for the first time some years ago — for a story I was working on, not to treat myself to some crack cocaine — I remember users constantly reassuring each other how truly anonymous it was. 'The FBI does not have a prayer of a chance of finding out who is who,' was how someone put it in one of Bitcoin‘s forums in June 2013.  More >


The Van Gogh museum and Vans collaborate on a wearable collection of masterworks

The Van Gogh museum and Vans collaborate on a wearable collection of masterworks

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has partnered with footwear and apparel brand Vans for a collaborative collection based on Vincent van Gogh’s iconic paintings. Drawing from his famed Almond Tree, Sunflowers, and Skull paintings, the collection includes sneakers in Vans’ classic silhouettes as well as shirts, bomber jackets, hats, and a backpack.  More >