A 17th century postmaster's case full of undelivered letters has been rediscovered in The Hague Museum for Communications' archive. Scientists have started examining the letters and will hopefully soon be able to shed more light on every day life in the 17th century, with all the gossip, intrigue and scandal it entails.
The Netherlands has finished second for second year in a row in their proficiency of the English language, only to be out performed by Sweden. The fifth edition of the Education First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) ranked 70 territories and countries on results from around 910,000 adults who took online English tests in 2014.
Dutch activist and director of sustainability organization Urgenda, Marjan Minnesma, began today a 580 kilometer hike from the city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, to the Climate Summit in Paris. Minnesma is highlighting the need for action to prevent dangerous climate change and ensure a livable earth for future generations.
Chocolate, sugar, pastry, cream, pistachios... what's not to like? Guys Love Cooking take us to Paris, the inspiration for their fabulous Pistachio-cream chocolate Éclair, in this week's collaboration.
A group of Dutch municipal officials from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Arnhem were attacked in Paris on Wednesday night. The officials are in Paris on a three-day trip to look at how the French counter radicalization in young people.
The delicate balance of Vietnamese food enters the spotlight in this week's collaboration with Guys Love Cooking, their tasty dish consisting of a rice noodle salad with tofu and egg.
The next big loser after Oranje were eliminated from the European Championships in France next year, losing 2-3 to the Czech Republic, will be major parts of the Dutch economy. Revenue losses for the supermarket/retail industry are estimated to be as much as 50 million euros.
A strike planned rail strike in Belgium will impact international trains departing from or arriving in the Netherlands. The strike is scheduled to run from 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, until 10 p.m. on Friday, October 9.
Dutch labour union CNV is concerned that layoff plans announced this week at Air France could indicate dark clouds on the horizon at sister airline KLM. The French airline wants to eliminate 2,900 jobs and end some long-haul flights to Asia, which sent unruly employees to the company's headquarters in a flash protest that including ripping the clothes off two executives.
Two different suppliers have issued recalls of wine in the past four days on reports of glass fragments in sealed bottles. The recall potentially affects customers of ten different grocery stores across the Netherlands.
With seven goals from six games, the call came as a surprise to Ajax striker Anwar El Ghazi when Dutch coach Danny Blind announced him in the Dutch squad for the last two European Championship qualifiers on Friday. Parool reported that El Ghazi said he was not even thinking about it when he read it on the internet, and was really happy about his selection.
Fans of mixed martial arts in the Netherlands will likely rejoice next year as one of the leading MMA promotion companies, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) plans to promote their events heavily in the Netherlands. “Holland is a key market for us and it’s somewhere we want to be,” new UFC vice-president and EMEA general manager James Elliot told MMAfighting.com.
Sources speaking anonymously to newspaper De Telegraaf blame Dutch Minister of Culture, Jet Bussemaker, for not securing a deal that would bring two large Rembrandt portraits to the Netherlands in a 160 million euro deal with the Rothschild family in France. They accuse the minister of speaking bilaterally with her French counterpart about a joint purchase of the paintings in secret and on her own accord.
The Netherlands and France will jointly purchase two Rembrandt portraits for a combined total of 160 million euros, Dutch cultural minister Jet Bussemaker informed parliament on Wednesday. The two countries came to terms during a meeting between Prime Minister Mark Rutte and French President Francois Holland at the UN summit in New York this week.
Roughly 56 percent of the Dutch population believe that the government should not contribute 80 million euros in public funding for the purchase of two Rembrandt paintings, according to results from a weekly poll conducted by Maurice de Hond. At the same time, new reports surfaced this week that the Netherlands are likely to receive only one of the two Rembrandt paintings the government and the Rijksmuseum were scheduled to buy, according to parliamentary sources speaking with the Parool.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkby highlighting seventy years of the Netherlands work with the UN on achievements that have helped shape and improve today's world. In a speech where he strongly advocated for the Netherlands to get a seat on the UN Security Council, he also called upon all the nations of the world to show solidarity in the face of the current refugee crisis, noting that the Netherlands has again increased its contribution to humanitarian assistance making it one of the world’s largest donors.
The CEO of American electric car manufacturer, Tesla, officially opens a second Tesla factory in the Netherlands on Friday evening, alongside the Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp. The nearly 50,000-square meter factory hires 180 workers, and stands alongside an assembly line and test track for the electric cars.
France has committed 80 million euros in a bid to buy one of the two Rembrandt paintings that were conditionally sold to the Rijksmuseum for a combined 160 million. The museum orchestrated the purchase with 80 million euros from the Dutch government with the goal of bringing the marriage portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit back to the Netherlands.
The two Rembrandt paintings which the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch Government committed to buying for 160 million euros will first make an exhibition tour of all twelve provincial capitals around the Netherlands before reaching their new home at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum.
Later this week trucks full of tents, blankets, sustainable food, clothes and shoes will be heading to The Jungle refugee camp in Calais and France.
The Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam may joined forces to try and buy two Rembrandt portraits from the Rothschild family together.
A school outing to Ardennes in France ended in tragedy when 14 year old pupil Sieb van Went fell to his death while abseiling on Thursday. His classmates and teachers saw it happen.
The prosecutor in Paris has officially launched a formal judicial investigation for terrorism related activities against Ayoub el Khazzani - the man who committed the foiled attack on a Thalys train between Amsterdam and Paris on Friday.
The Rijksmuseum may soon be the proud owner of two world famous Rembrandt works - portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. According to Wim Pijbes, director of the Museum, they are "well into the process" of raising money to make a "serious bid" on the two portraits.