Don’t worry, you’re still reading dutcheries, we haven’t switched to the USA. So what do yankees have to do with Holland? Well, the name originated from Jan Kees, two common names found among the Dutch settlers (and still today in Holland!), and combined to make ‘yankees’.
The Dutch travel the world, now and historically, and leave their marks where they go. As you probably know, New York used to be called New Amsterdam, that was up until 1667. Walking around in the older parts of Manhattan, you can still find buildings with the familiar three crosses ingraved. And the names give […]
The Dutch just love their herring, most often eaten raw, although for preservation all herring has been salted and brought to freezing temperatures before being sold to the public. The beginning of June from ‘Vlaggetjesdag’ onwards is the best time to buy herring, when fishermen are allowed to catch that year’s new herring, called “Hollandse […]
The most successful recent talk show, or tv show for that matter, on Dutch television is ‘De Wereld Draait Door’, literally: The world keeps on turning, but ‘Draait Door’ can also mean: Goes crazy. With fast-changing subjects, prominent guests and an intellectual, fast-thinking (and well-prepared) presentor, it nowreaches around 1 million viewers daily despite competing […]
When a Dutch baby is born, its parents have already selected cards to be printed with the baby details (name, time of birth, weight..), ready to send to all friends and family to announce the birth of their offspring. In return, all friends and family send a card to congratulate the new parents and possible […]
This international popfestival in the south of holland began in 1970 making it the longest running festival in the world. It’s a 3-day festival usually held around Pentecost. Despite heavy competition from other European festivals, several big names perform each year. In 1994 the 60 thousand visitors were so excited during the Rage against the […]
The “Afsluitdijk”, the “dike” (or dam) that separates IJselmeer from the Waddenzee, is 32 kilometers long and connects Noord-Holland with Friesland. The works were started in 1927 to be completed on this day in 1932. There is an observation tower and an information centre on the dike where you can learn more about this impressive […]
All Dutch laws begin with the text “Wij Beatrix, …”, literally “We Beatrix” (from 2013: “Wij Willem-Alexander”, we suppose). This strange wording is used to indicate the importance of the Queen and has nothing to do with the normal, plural use of the word “wij”. All Dutch laws are available online, if you want to […]
What’s the role of the Dutch monarch? Well, it’s mostly ceremonial, but officially he is the head of the Dutch government. In this role, he gives the Speech from the Throne at the State opening of the Parliament every year. The monarch used to have a clear role in the formation of a new cabinet, […]
The smallest of the twelve Dutch provinces is Utrecht. The captial of the province shares the same name, and is also the largest city in the province. Utrecht is the most central province in Holland – try drawing a cross on a map: Utrecht is right in the middle!