We started this online project of publishing ‘a Dutchery a Day’ exactly one year ago today. We have had a lot of nice reactions from you all, thank you for that! Our question to you now is: would you like to see more Dutcheries? We’d like to hear from you!
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.
Have you ever seen those standard white A4 papers with a bit of black text hanging basically anywhere in the city, signed Loesje? The short text is an observation, positive, funny, but also critical and generally somehow connected to what’s going on now. They are Dutch, but an international Loesje group is also active. An […]
Originally planned to be open in 2011 this new metroline divided Amsterdam and its inhabitants. Supporters described it as much needed infrastructure; opponents were afraid that digging in the old centre would damage its celebrated canal houses. The latter group was at least partially right: numerous houses (most notably on the Vijzelgracht) sank several centimeters […]
Coal is one of the few natural resources in this crowded country and has had a significant impact in the south where the mines were situated. The coal mines in Limburg were closed in the sixties, making a severe impact on the prosperity of the region, which had, for three quarters of a century, enjoyed […]
This country with its many farms displays a picturesque views of farm animals, but there is one animal you rarely see: the pig! But don’t worry, pigs are very much present, but they mainly stay indoors. Their number reaches close to 12.5 million, more than you would perhaps think when you look around and, well, […]
Holland was not involved in World War I, and the development of many women entering the labour market as a consequence of men going to war hence did not take place in Holland. The gap between working women in Holland and neighbouring countries can still partly be felt, with many women working part time or […]
The ambassador for Dutchness (in Germany, at least) is ‘Frau Antje’ (Ms. Antje). A wholesome young girl in (fantasy) traditional costume, she cheerfully advertises cheese and other dairy products. For a lot of German people, she represents ‘typical’ Dutch culture. Frau Antje was invented in 1961 by the national dairy organization to promote Dutch cheese […]
Willem (William), by birth count of Nassau, inherited the title Prince of Orange from his cousin, hence he became Van Oranje-Nassau, which is still the official name of the Dutch royal family. Willem was initiator and leader of the Dutch struggle against the Spanish in the 16th century. This conflict lasted for 80 years and […]
There are a great many ‘bouwmarkten’ (DIY shop outlets) in the Netherlands, with 7 large chains and several small shops. DIY has become increasingly popular through television programmes on home (and garden) improvement. Hiring somebody to do some work for you is quite expensive, so people choose to either to it themselves or pay somebody […]