Dutch television today reflects the legacy of its relatively short history. Strong government support for broadcasting created an audience for serious programmes, but the famous Dutch tolerance has also led to a roaster of weird reality TV. Read the rest of the article here.
I had a conversation with a woman five years ago, just after arriving in the Netherlands, in which she told me that the country had a way of sucking you in. I laughed it off, knowing my plan was only to stay for 18 months. Read the rest of the article.
I was honestly terrified that as I sat down to write the third piece in this series, I would have to confess that I had failed the inburgeren examen. In fact, if you’d talked to me after I’d written the last piece I would have told you I was considering taking up residency in any country … [Read more…]
There is a widely held assumption that “inburgeren” translates into “integration.” It doesn’t. It actually means “naturalisation.” And while the concepts may seem similar, there are deep differences. The goal of integration is to bring different parts together into a whole whereas naturalisation aims to confer upon people from outside of a group the knowledge … [Read more…]
Beer brewing in the Netherlands dates back to the 9th century, though craft beer has recently experienced a considerable resurgence. Ever since Heineken won the gold medal for its pilsner at the World’s Fair in 1889, the Dutch have been known for that brewery and style, but there is much more to Dutch beer than … [Read more…]