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 […]
If you have children or friends or family who do, you may have come across Bugaboo: a Dutch design stroller (just keep your eyes open, bet you’ll see one still today). The popular television series Sex And The City gave Bugaboo its breakthrough – after the stroller had been featured there, everyone who was anyone […]
Not terribly important to know, but still: there are more women in Holland than men, almost 300,000 more, in this country of 16.7 million people. The hottest demographic item on the agenda is, as in all Western countries, the ageing population. In Holland, it is forecasted that the number of people over 65 will grow […]
Recycling is different in every country – for expats regularly moving country it is often difficult to figure out the new protocol! Since 2010, the Dutch also recycle plastic. Each city has its own recycling policy.
It the middle of the crowded Randstad with its cities and constant shortage of housing, you find ‘het Groene Hart’, the Green Heart. It may not be totally undisturbed nature, but it is a large area where green dominates above city grey, and where strict restrictions apply: Randstad’s green heart, or lungs, if you like.
It was a Dutch company, Philips, that invented the Compact Disk, or CD, on this day in 1982. In fact, the inner hole of a CD was designed around the old Dutch currency: it is the same size as the formerly used 10 cent coin or ‘dubbeltje’. The very first CD that was produced on […]
In the Netherlands, you can order a wide variety sauces to go with your French fries. Mayonnaise is still an all-time favourite (‘patatje met’ or ‘frietje met’, if you are in the east or south), but ‘speciaal’ (mayonnaise, curry ketchup sauce and chopped raw onions), sate (warm peanut sauce), ‘joppie’ (mayonnaise mixed with ketchup) or […]
…or as it’s officially called: A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise. This three-day festival is an alternative to Pinkpop, a platform for emerging artists. Tradition holds that the visitors all camp and sleep in their tents regardless of the weather and the various stages are named after the NATO alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie…
There are crimes and criminals that capture a nation (or the world) for months or even years. Joran van der Sloot is such a criminal. In 2005, the American student Natalee Holloway disappeared while on holiday on Aruba. Van der Sloot was never sentenced (lack of evidence), but exactly five years later, he was found […]
The Dutch like camping! Whatever the reasons for this may be – a need to escape the crowded cities with their scarce open space, the fact that camping is cheap, or just a love for being outside – the numbers don’t lie: more than a quarter of all summer holidays are spent on a camp […]