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The Art of Dutchness: “The Peanutbutterfloor”

What do famous Dutch art heroes like Van Gogh, Vermeer and Rembrandt have in common with peanutbutter?

King Willem-Alexander to take what is his. Hail to the King, Baby!

The Netherlands has a monarchy in the same way that Switzerland has a navy (for all you...

The Future is Bilingual

Considering that relatively few people in this world speak the Dutch language (total estimate of native speakers: 25 million) and how few Americans take it on themselves to learn a new language, I’ve come to the conclusion that the cross-section entitled “Americans who learn Dutch, because why not?” consists of a single person, and we have found her.

International Dutch bad boy Joran van der Sloot shows regret

It has been more than a year since the world has heard anything newsworthy from Joran van...

Social media and the Dutch Spring

After the Middle East, and to some extend India and some other countries, now even the Netherlands seem to be in a little "spring-revolution” thanks to the new possibilities of social media. Should the Binnenhof fear for its survival?

Left punch to E5: The Art of Chess-Boxing

We Dutchmen have brought a lot of things into this world (got fire hoses? Yeah, thought so…). Being a small country and growing up in a world where every neighbor wants to conquer or enslave you made us a resourceful bunch, with a list of innovations including but not limited to instruments of war (got submarine snorkels? Oh wait, that doesn’t sound cool at all…). Ever since Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek McGayvered himself a fancy microscope, daring the Royal Society to look at an extreme close-up of his unsavory mini-troopers (no, seriously!), we’ve been conjuring up new shit like nobody’s business.

The Dutch Improvisation Spirit of 1590, or: How We Loved It When a Plan Came Together…

There was a time when us Dutchies ruled the waves, a fact of which we are today...

Digital tools for life in the Netherlands

In a country like the Netherlands — a land filled with bureaucracy — it probably comes as...
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