It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we inform you that Ons Erfdeel vzw former deputy editor-in-chief, Frits Niessen, has passed away.
In 2002, the Dutch poet F. Starik came up with the idea of the Poule des doods – a pool of poets who write and read a poem for the people who have no mourners at their funeral.
The DNA of the Netherlands
The Low Countries' view of the United States has gradually changed from admiration to sadness and frustration.
The Dutch like to fend for themselves, for fear of further interference. They love their freedom and independence.
Due to the population density, the Dutch have developed a strong sense of individuality and privacy.
Flemish and Dutch right-wing extremists mostly convene in online environments. However, it is clear the Flemish-Dutch front formation intends to develop into much more than an army of keyboard warriors.
Utopia is not always an imaginary place. That is what Derek Blyth discovered when he entered the stunning city library of Aalst.
The diverse groups in the Netherlands must work together. This might explain why the Dutch have developed a high degree of tolerance.
A big survey shows that Dutch and Flemish people who move abroad to Anglophone countries don’t speak Dutch quite as often as their other emigrated compatriots do.
The GUM does not set out to display a number of scientific truths but wants to demonstrate how doubt and beauty are part of the scientific process.
Due to the openness and the usually quick acceptance of various groups the Netherlands has been able to develop as a country in which modern ideas can flourish.
‘One-Third Land and Two-Thirds Sky' – that is how the film director Peter Greenaway saw, and sees, the Netherlands.
In a country of polders, flatness defines everything. This flatness means that nobody can rise above you, nor you above them.
The oldest Dutch department store chain De Bijenkorf is celebrating its 150th year.
Tratsaert will succeed Luc Devoldere as editor-in-chief and managing director of Flemish-Dutch cultural institution Ons Erfdeel vzw.
The Dutch have a constant willingness to compromise and whose aim above all is a general consensus.
Which image or object would you choose to capture the Low Countries?
Jan Renkema provides a clear analysis of the Dutch identity in his pamphlet ‘The DNA of the Netherlands’. He starts with a conversation on a flight to Schiphol.
Water shortage is becoming ever more serious and is now causing problems with shipping, agriculture and subsidence.
For decades, pigeon racing was as much part of Belgium as the Atomium, chip stalls and cycle racing.