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It’s ‘Prinsjesdag’ today, a day full of traditions

It’s ‘Prinsjesdag’ today, a day full of traditions

Every year on the third Tuesday of September, all members of Dutch parliament dress their best, and gather traditionally in the Ridderzaal (Knight’s Hall) in Den Haag (The Hague) to listen to the Troonrede, (Speech of the Throne) read out loud by the head of state, the monarch. This year it is not possible to keep all traditions alive. Because […]

Op vakantie!

Op vakantie!

  Op vakantie! Going on vacation – the Dutch way   Mid-summer has arrived and so have the school vacations. Dutch families, friends, couples and solo travellers are preparing to take off on their vacation. Now, there’s several ways the Dutch like to spend their vacation. Or, differently put: there’s different kind of Dutch holiday […]

De Nederlandse sportzomer

De Nederlandse sportzomer

The so-called  ‘Nederlandse sportzomer’ (Summer of Sports) is on its way! Having launched with the European soccer Championships, the summer of 2021 really will be full of sports events: from Wimbledon and the Tour the France to the Grand Prix and the Tokyo Olympics Games – we can’t wait for it all to get started, so […]

Meet the Oranjes: The Dutch Royal family

Meet the Oranjes: The Dutch Royal family

Did you know that the Netherlands is one of the seven koninkrijken (kingdoms) in Europe? Het Koninklijk huis (The royal house), as the Dutch royal family is referred to, is very popular in the Netherlands, but also sometimes a topic of discussion. Some love the tradition of a monarchy, some think it is a bit […]

Giving compliments in Dutch: our DIY guide

Giving compliments in Dutch: our DIY guide

Whoever’s lived in the Netherlands for a while, knows: the Dutch are not particularly lavish with giving compliments. That’s probably because traditionally in the Netherlands, being normal (and thus not standing out) is considered to be a virtue. This, however, doesn’t mean that the Dutch don’t love to receive compliments. After all, compliments make people […]

Goede voornemens: How the Dutch envision a happy new year

Goede voornemens: How the Dutch envision a happy new year

New year, new me. Or as they would say in the Netherlands: ‘Nieuwe ronde, nieuwe kansen’ (new round, new opportunities). It is 2021, and with the start of a new year come the new year’s resolutions. In Dutch, we call them goede voornemens (good intentions). Curious about some of the most popular goede voornemens in […]

Sinterklaas: Why most Dutch children look forward to December 5th rather than Christmas Eve

Sinterklaas: Why most Dutch children look forward to December 5th rather than Christmas Eve

Sinterklaas has arrived in the Netherlands! Who? If you ever visited the Netherlands around the beginning of December, you might have noticed that store decorations, tv-commercials and advertisements are not necessarily Christmas-spirited yet. Not Santa Claus, but another white-bearded, old man in red clothes, accompanied by his colorfully dressed helping hands, the Pieten, is what […]