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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ever heard of the city Lelystad? In Flevoland, right by the ‘afsluitdijk’, or Enclosure dam. It’s no coincidence that you find a city named after Cornelis Lelystad (1854-1929) here, as this civil engineer and Dutch minister was the person who developed the plan for the afsluitdijk.
Andre Kuipers is the name of Holland’s most famous astronaut and the second Dutch citizen to travel into space (the other one is Wubbo Ockels, he was the first Dutch astronaut in space in 1985). Kuipers’ second visit in space, December 2011-July 2012, was followed closely by the Dutch (television) and many watched the live […]
The Turkish and Moroccan populations form one of the the largest migrant groups in Holland, with almost half a million Turks and more than 350,000 Moroccans. The first Turks and Moroccans arrived in the sixties when labour was needed. When the programme stimulating migrants to work in Holland ended in the seventies, Turks and Moroccans […]
The best Dutch football player ever, according to many, is Johan Cruijff. He is not only famous for his suberb football technique, however, he also has a way of speaking that has given rise to many new sayings and expressions, ´cruijffiaans´. How about this one: ´Elk nadeel heb zijn voordeel´, or ´Every disadvantage has its […]
The young Dutch violinist Janine Jansen has an impressive career. Now in her mid-thirties, she has won numerous prizes and released a dozen albums. Janine Jansen is touring the world but also performs regularly in Amsterdam where you can see her play in the ‘Concertgebouw’, Concert hall.
Dutch lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers has made it across the Dutch borders. Her concept is ‘innerwear as outerwear’, where lingerie is meant to be seen, with visible straps above the cup of a bra as somewhat of a trademark. The list of celebrities who’ve worn her underwear is long: Lady Gaga, SATC Carrie Bradshaw, Christina […]