Going Dutch

By Christel van der Boom | All about The Netherlands.

This Video Shows How The Netherlands' Amazing Bike-Friendly Roads Work

We can have roads like this in the U.S., if we fight for them.<p>Protected bike lanes work great, keeping vulnerable cyclists safe and separated from large, dangerous vehicles. But eventually the bike lane will meet the traffic lane, throwing everybody together. The design of these inevitable …

Cycling

The Netherlands has basically reinvented the tomato

In the mid-1990s, the American tomato market experienced a major disruption: consumer demand for Dutch tomatoes skyrocketed. The Netherlands’ colorful and tasty varieties were so popular that Dutch tomato exports to the US rose by a whopping 800%. How did the Dutch take the tomato industry by storm?<p>…

Innovation

Arty Amsterdam: Beyond the Old Masters

The eye-catching sculptural Eye Filmmuseum hosts an impressive selection of exhibitions and art-house movies. (Photo: Courtesy of EYE …

Street Art

The Hague has been colorfully converted into the 'World's Largest Mondrian'

Richard Meier‘s architecture is widely recognized for its bold geometric shapes and stark white exteriors. However, a new initiative in Holland has …

Art

These Are the Hidden Buildings You Won't See in Amsterdam - Creators

Recently I was sick and homebound for a while, so I decided to go for a digital adventure in my city of Amsterdam. I set out on a trip in Google Earth, spending hours and hours flying around in that 3D version of reality. Not all European cities can be explored this way yet, but lucky for me, most …

Amsterdam

Dick Bruna, ‘spiritual father’ of rabbit Miffy, dies at 89

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dick Bruna, the Dutch “spiritual father” of Miffy, the white rabbit who enchanted millions of young children around the world for more than half a century, has died at age 89, his publisher announced Friday.<p>Decades before Instagram made square images immensely popular, …

Art

Why Rotterdam Is Europe’s Next Capital of Cool

Rotterdam suffers from a bit from the PR problem known as “second city syndrome”: It often gets overshadowed by its bigger sibling, Amsterdam. But each of the two cities has distinctly positive attributes, not to mention a totally different vibe. Rotterdam, which was heavily bombed during World War …

Travel

Why do we call people from The Netherlands 'Dutch'?

What is the difference between Holland and The Netherlands and why do we call people living there 'Dutch'?<p>English is the only language to refer to …

Europe

Americans think the sexiest languages in the world are…German and Dutch

Stereotypes about languages and the people who speak them abound: French is romantic, Italian lyrical, Spanish passionate. But those languages didn’t come out on top in an analysis of dating behavior in the US that found the ability to speak a second language other than English appears to make …

Linguistics

The Hague Celebrates 100 Years of De Stijl by ‘Mondrianizing’ its Buildings

Art World<p>Its part of a year-long program of events and exhibitions dedicated to the Dutch art movement.<p>,<p>The Hague is celebrating 100 years of De …

Scientists Are Testing a Dating App for Orangutans

Since online dating has helped has helped a lot of people find relationships and hookups, so why not let animals give it a spin?<p>Researchers at Apenheul primate park in the Netherlands are undergoing a “Tinder for orangutans” experiment, which is exactly what it sounds like. Samboja, an 11-year-old …

Online Dating

Amsterdam's 'Brown Cafes' Are the Best Places to Drink Like a Local - Condé Nast Traveler

These neighborhood pubs are the way to meet Dutch locals, but not all brown cafes are created the same.<p>Amsterdam's nightlife scene has never been cooler, thanks to a series of high-end cocktail bars bringing the speakeasy vibe to Holland. But if you're visiting the city and want to take a night off …

Travel

Dutch to hand-count ballots in March vote due to hacking fears

All ballots in the Netherlands' election next month will be counted by hand to prevent hackers from influencing the results. The move follows reports that the software used to tally votes is easy to manipulate.<p>In a letter to the Dutch parliament on Wednesday, Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk wrote …

Europe

The Hip Amsterdam Neighborhood Every Design Lover Should Know

Amsterdam Noord is an industrial-chic artistic haven that locals love<p>Sure, there’s a list of to-dos that anyone will tell you not to miss in Amsterdam, and it’s hard to go wrong with any of them. The cosmopolitan city is known for living up to even the most discerning traveler’s expectations with …

Amsterdam

City breaks with kids: Amsterdam

Continuing our series on family-friendly city holidays, we head to popular Amsterdam for bikes and boats, pancakes and play parks<p>Online now: Berlin | Tomorrow: Paris<p><b>I’m bored!</b><p>Amsterdam East, the “Brooklyn of Amsterdam”, offers a pleasant alternative to the usual tourist jaunts. Its recently …

Travel

Exploring the Amsterdam Light Festival with KLM

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of weekend breaks, but for a short trip I’d usually go for somewhere in the UK and get there by train or car. …

Travel

How melting ice sent GB's speed skaters to Netherlands

Great Britain started long track speed skating outside on the frozen fens in the 1870s and dominated for decades.<p>But as the climate warmed the sport almost died out.<p>BBC reporter Mike Bushell explores how UK athletes are training in the Netherlands - and competes himself!

Netherlands

London-based financial firms in talks with Amsterdam over possible relocation to Dutch capital

Companies may not opt to move to Amsterdam as the Netherlands has a cap on bonuses paid to bosses.<p>Amsterdam's Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren has …

FinTech

Holland is shaping up to be a surprise beneficiary of Brexit

Foto: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Amsterdam.<p>LONDON – Paris, Frankfurt, New York, and Dublin have dominated the conversation about where finance …

Europe

Netherlands Plans to Counter Trump with Abortion Fund | Time.com

(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) — The Dutch government says it wants an international fund to finance access to birth control, abortion and education for …

Civil Rights

The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words

Living the high life in Amsterdam

Over the past decade, the capital of the Netherlands has undergone a major makeover in an effort to leave behind its racy reputation in favour of five-star hotels, exciting exhibits and a host of homages to its history. <b>Amy Laughinghouse</b> picks the city’s best new attractions<p>Five-star luxury. …

Stopover: Amsterdam

A day in the Dutch capital.<p><b>Stay: Hotel Pulitzer</b><br>Located in the Nine Streets neighborhood, this unique accommodation stands out in a city full of them. …

Largest solar park in The Netherlands opens

A Dutch port has opened what is claimed to be the largest solar farm in The Netherlands.<p>The 30MW site was developed by German firm Wirsol for …

Renewable Energy

Amsterdam Introduces Contactless Payment Jackets for Beggars

It’s getting and harder and harder for beggars to survive on spare change handouts these days. People have become too reliant on alternative payment …

Former squatters are helping Amsterdam repurpose vacant buildings into cheap offices

How do you stop rising rents from killing creativity in a city? In an unusual marriage between counter-culture and bureaucracy, the city of Amsterdam has found its solution in squatters.<p>Amsterdam’s Bureau Broedplaatsen, or “incubator bureau”, helps would-be squatters transform vacant buildings into …

Housing

Amsterdam is over. Here's why Rotterdam is better

<b>Why go now?</b><p>Rotterdam has evolved from a down-at-heel port city into one of Europe’s most exciting urban getaways. The 2014 opening of the <b>Markthal (1)</b> …

Dining Like the Dutch: Everything You Need to Know About Gezellig

The Danes have hygge, and the Dutch have gezellig - it's all about being cosy and a feeling of togetherness in the home.<p>Have you heard of the concept …