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Travel feature: Bourtange

Photo: Kashif Pathan

  Dating to the late 16th century and located in Westerwolde in the northern Dutch province of Groningen, Fort Bourtange was built by William of Orange in order to guard the only road between Germany and Groningen during the Eighty Years’ War (1568- 1648). Centuries later, the fort lost its function and became a village. […]

Place: De Haar Castle

Photo: Albert Dros

  De Haar Castle (Kasteel de Haar) in the province of Utrecht is ‘undutch’ in its extreme opulence. Until 2000, the castle was owned by the baronial Van Zuylen van Nijevelt de Haar family. It had been owned by ancestors of these last aristocratic owners of the vast property since at least the late 14th […]

News: Press award for DUTCH the magazine


  One does not like to toot one’s own horn, but I must share with our readers the pride and satisfaction I felt when I was invited to Queen’s Park, the provincial legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario, for an awards ceremony. The invitation was to represent DUTCH, the magazine and our Dutch language […]

Topography: Of peat, bogs and fens


In an incidental series of articles we have been examining how the topography of The Netherlands has been influenced by the requirement of the Dutch to actively manage the water in their environment. As part of an ongoing battle between the people of the country and the water surrounding them on all sides – and […]

Died: Drs. P.

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On June 16 a remarkable death notice appeared in Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad and De Volkskrant. It was a handwritten two stanza, eight line poem, adhering to the strict form and meter of the Ollebolleke (a Dutch adaptation of the Double Dactyl or Higgledy Piggledy – a form of light verse invented in 1951 by […]

Travel Feature: The ‘Nine Streets’

One of the beautifully decorated streets in the Canal Ring. (Photo: David Baxendale)

For The Netherlands, and especially for Amsterdam, 2013 was an extremely important year. Not only did the country get a new king, but the nation’s capital also celebrated a series of impressive milestones including the reopening of the Rijksmuseum, the 200th birthday of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, the 125th anniversary of the Royal Concertgebouw […]

Language: Vibrant Frisian

A pair of wooden shoes decorated with the Frisian flag (Photo: Jetske)

On September 6th,  Leeuwarden, the capital of the province of Friesland, beat Maastricht and Eindhoven in its bid to become European Capital of Culture for 2018. Such a designation means prestige for a city and its surrounding area. It usually stimulates cultural activities in a way that ‘puts a city on the map’. In the […]

Feature: ‘Immigrant’, paintings by Rosemary Sloot


In his introduction to From the Prairies with Hope, a collection of newspaper articles about the harsh life of the immigrant farmer, written by Jane Aberson for her hometown newspaper in The Netherlands, Mark Boekelman says: ‘The inescapable burden of the immigrant is forever to be pulled between two worlds’. These words are written across […]