Euthanasia is possible in Holland according to a law that entered into force in 2002. The international media often reports on this with sensation (“old people afraid they’ll be murdered!”) rather than facts. The strict conditions set for euthanasia include that the patient must request euthanasia him/herself, and the patient’s condition must meet several criteria (including […]
It won’t escape even the blurriest tourist in Holland: most Dutch houses are built of bricks. The small-sized bricks aren’t covered and are left in their natural colour. Bricks have a long history in Holland and they were traditionally made using wooden moulds which you can still find in antique stores and on second-hand markets.
The life of a politician includes late meetings. In 1993, the young politician and future prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende put forward a resolution for city council representatives to have the right to a ‘kroket’ if the meetings last longer than 11 p.m. While the motivation for the ‘krokettenmotie’ was partly tongue in cheek, it […]
One is a snack, the other is often lunch. ‘Bitterballen’, the much loved fried snacks in the shape of small round balls, perfect with your beer after work but before dinner. ‘Kroket’, in combination with bread or french fries, a fried lunch more in the shape of a fat sausage. But what’s the difference between […]
In a country known to have been created by the Dutch, true nature may be rare but it does exist. The dunes along the Dutch cost form an example. Formed by the wind from the sea, the oldest of these natural dykes were formed a few thousand years ago and are now found a couple […]
Just when you thought television land couldn’t possibly come up with a new format for a talent show that would actually turn into a success, The Voice of Holland was introduced in 2010. Its great success in Holland paved the way for internationalization, and just a couple of years later The Voice of just about […]
As you may have noticed, it’s Carnaval in The Netherlands! There are two kinds of Carnaval celebrations in the Netherlands: the Rhineland type, originating in Cologne, Germany (in Limburg and south-east Noord-Brabant) and the Burgundian type, originating in Flanders, Belgium (in the northern and western parts of Noord-Brabant and in Zeeland). The Rhineland Carnaval festivities […]
Holland has a friendly business climate, for large and small companies. The recent economic downturn has given an extra boost to the already numerous one-person companies, or freelancers. The number of companies keeps growing and the share of freelancers is significant: more than two thirds of the new companies! All in all the number of […]
Drenthe, one of the twelve Dutch provinces and situated in the north-east, is known for its ‘hunebedden’, dolmens. The Dutch Stonehenge if you like. The dolmens are stone graves, a remarkable site in the Drenthe landscape where you can find no rocks or mountains, yet do find more than fifty stone hunebedden, and they’ve been […]
Quite contrary to the more reserved neighbouring countries, in Holland male–female and female–female cheek kissing is a standard greeting among relatives and friends. In general, three kisses are to be expected, but slightly more so in the south. Some novice advice: the Dutch begin and end on the same cheek, right cheek first.