A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications






How is the Dutch king like a cop?

How is the Dutch king like a cop?

Insulting a king used to be dangerous business, but in the Netherlands, it could soon be the legal equivalent of trash-talking an ambulance driver. Under Dutch law, insulting the monarch is a crime — though it is rarely prosecuted — punishable by up to five years in prison.  More >




Urk fishermen prepare for choppy Brexit waters

Urk fishermen prepare for choppy Brexit waters

The fishermen of Urk know that Brexit is going to hurt, but they aren’t going to accept the pain without a fight. The Dutch coastal town is built on fish. Until 1939, and the construction of a dyke to the mainland, it was an island. Its inhabitants were so isolated from the rest of the country that in winter the sick had to be transported across the ice on sledges to reach the nearest hospital.  More >



Thomas Eyck, impresario of design

Thomas Eyck, impresario of design

Thomas Eyck’s private showroom is in a restored 18th-century barn next to a potato field on the outskirts of this Frisian village. Although the setting is calm, the design producer is often on the go, popping out of his seat and grabbing objects to illuminate his points to a visitor.  More >





The new Dutch disease is white nationalism

The new Dutch disease is white nationalism

An upstart far-right party in the Netherlands threatens to entrench xenophobia in one of Europe’s most progressive countries. As voters in the Netherlands gear up for local elections, the old adage that all politics are local is being turned on its head.  More >