History

Did the Dutch really buy New York for 24 dollars? 

Have you ever wondered how New Amsterdam came to be New York? Why did the Dutch buy...

New Zealand’s namesake: how the Dutch named NZ

Most people know that New York was originally named New Amsterdam, but what about New Zealand? Was...

Dutch DNA: are the Dutch actually Dutch?

If I say the word "Dutch", you probably have a very clear image in your head of...

Today in Dutch history: the tragic ‘Watersnoodramp’ flooding of 1953

On February 1, 1953, one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the Netherlands took place....

Why does everything in the Netherlands look the same?

Visitors to the Netherlands will probably be struck by a very specific element about this country. Things...

Why do people call Amsterdam ‘Mokum’?

A'dam, Dam City, Venice of the North: these are all nicknames for the beloved Dutch capital. But...

Calvinism in the Netherlands: why are the Dutch so Calvinist in nature?

Travelling around the Netherlands, you'll spot tons of beautiful churches, and meet people living simply and modestly...

Afrikaans and Dutch: the differences and similarities

Afrikaans and Dutch — what is the connection? Are these two languages as similar as they're rumoured...