Yes, we know, nature is scarce in Holland, and you can´t really get lost in a Dutch forest, but still, you can enjoy the trees, signs shown on ‘mushrooms’ and many paths. The Veluwe in Gelderland, the hills in the south of Limburg (sort of the outskirts of the Belgian Ardennes) and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug […]
The ´Gouden Kalf´, or Golden Calf, is the Dutch equivalent to the Oscars. The Kalf has been awarded annually since the introduction in 1981. Why a calf? Well, according to the film maker Wim Verstappen, who came up with this idea, Venice had lions and Berlin bears, so why not a calf for Holland?
You may never have heard of this man, but his legacy remains today. The writer and poet (1587-1679) is not widely read anymore, but maybe you’ve strolled along Holland’s most famous park the Vondelpark, named after him and marked with his statue? Other facts of note- Van den Vondel invented the Dutch word for theatre, […]
Sure, we all know that children are not conceived by marriage. And the Dutch know this better than most. Official figures show that nearly half of the babies born in Holland have unmarried parents. You may have noticed this trend among your Dutch colleagues and friends: what’s the point of getting married? Too expensive! Or […]
Traditional small farms have become virtually extinct in industrialized countries, a phenomenon also observed in Holland. However, this doesn’t mean that this small, crowded country has given up on farming, not at all, it’s just different: large farms & intensive agriculture. In fact, this small country is the third biggest world exporter of agricultural products, […]
Dutch news, just like any international news, has been filled with the economic crisis in recent years. But don’t worry, despite the negative economic climate (expressed in protests and strong government savings), Holland is still a wealthy nation. The average Dutch spendable household income is the second highest within the EU, following Luxembourg.
The second-best football player of the 20th century behind Pele, Johan Cruijff is known throughout the world. But do you know the lollipop story? In 1991, then manager of Barcelona, Cruijff had to undergo serious heart surgery due to his smoking habit. After returning to the bench of Barcelona, Cruijff wasn’t smoking anymore, but (in […]
Every year in July thousands of Dutch people travel to France to watch the Tour de France. Despite the Dutch being such avid cyclists there haven’t been many Dutch winners of this race, only two in total: Jan Jansen won in 1968 and Joop Zoetemelk was the most recent Dutch winner, in 1980. Once in […]
If you’ve happened to be in Amsterdam during the last weekend in August, the Uitmarkt won’t have escaped you. At its biggest in the capital, this is the national opening of the cultural season, where various cultural groups give sneak previews of their programmes for the following season. Drawing big crowds, it offers a varied […]
You may have noticed, as have many native Dutch people (which is why we dare to bring it up!), that Dutch women often walk with their legs wide apart. Just look around you when in Holland. Now, we can think of many reasons for this, but it would be impossible to come up with an […]