The Netherlands

Ex-pupil of British School in the Netherlands held over shooting threat

Secondary schools in Leiden were closed after the threat. Photo: EPA

Dutch police yesterday arrested a former pupil at a British school in the Netherlands in connection with a threat to go on a shooting spree that saw armed police deployed and schools closed. Police in the university city of Leiden, just northeast of The Hague, confirmed that a person had been arrested after the threat to "shoot my Dutch teacher and as many students as I can" was posted online at the weekend.

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 3:19am

Former Dutch diplomat based in Hong Kong faces 15 years' jail for spying

Raymond Poeteray

A former Hong Kong-based diplomat accused of selling state secrets to Russia has been described as "the biggest Dutch spy in recent history'' by prosecutors in the The Hague.

14 Apr 2013 - 10:59am

Hard work, modern image endeared Queen Beatrix to suspicious nation

Queen Beatrix arrives at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on January 15.

Stepping into the shoes of her much loved mother, Juliana, in 1980 at the age of 42, Beatrix quickly set out to make her mark on the country she was destined to rule by birth. Contrary to her mother's unobtrusive style of rule, Beatrix refused to be relegated to ribbon-cutting; she changed the mode of address from "madam" to "majesty" and turned one of the royal homes in The Hague, the seat of government, into a working palace.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:30am

Willem Alexander: playboy Dutch prince who became a family man

Princess Maxima and Prince Willem Alexander. Photo: Reuters

Soon-to-be Dutch king Willem Alexander, 45, has undergone a remarkable transformation - from his image of a boozing Casanova, ill-equipped for the throne, into that of a serious, responsible family man, well-loved by his people.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:31am

Go Dutch for a first-class experience in studying

Apart from football legends, quality dairy products and the most welcome payment method of 'going Dutch', the Netherlands also offers the world a culture and environment that overseas students find enjoyable and inspiring. But this is always neglected and 'undervalued' by Hongkongers, according to Robert Schuddeboom, consul-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tale of two cities symbolises bond

The ports of Shanghai and Rotterdam may be continents apart, but they share long histories - and a thriving turnover. A significant proportion of the containers shipped in the Netherlands are bound for the mainland, and vice versa.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A taste for enterprise developed in the kitchen

Hong Kong-born Jennifer Chan Pui-kwan grew up helping her migrant parents in the kitchen of their family-run restaurant in the Netherlands. That not only helped her find a husband but gave her a great work ethic.

2 May 2011 - 12:00am

Heart warming

A waffle means different things to different people. In America, waffles are usually eaten for breakfast, with butter and maple syrup, and most of them are commercially made and frozen, then reheated in the toaster.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Michael Church

The Oranje tide continues to swell as the Netherlands inch closer and closer to the kind of glory that has painfully, frustratingly eluded them in the past 36 years of the World Cup. As Bert van Marwijk's side qualified for Sunday's final in Soccer City, the memory was stirred of the heartbreaking defeat in Munich in 1974 as Rinus Michels' Johan Cruyff-led side succumbed to the Germans.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Dwindling crowds for 3-D World Cup matches

The exit of World Cup teams such as Brazil, Argentina and England has seen dwindling interest at the city's only 3-D viewing venue, the distributor said yesterday.

The dominance of lesser-fancied teams in the knockout stages coupled with late broadcast times have been blamed for lower-than-expected attendance rates of 60 per cent.

7 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

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Connecting with teens around the world

Name Lara Reuter

Age 17

City Maastricht

I live and go to school in a little village near Maastricht, which is a lovely old town with a rich Roman history. There is a wall that was built 2,000 years ago.

10 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


Connecting with teens around the world

Name Lara Reuter

Age 17

City Maastricht, Netherlands

I live and go to school in a little village near the town of Maastricht. Maastricht is a lovely old town with rich Roman history. There is a wall that was built 2,000 years ago.

21 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Courageous Yodsenklai tames 'Cheetah'

Thailand's legendary fighter Yodsenklai staged a remarkable comeback to win the main attraction in last night's Planet Battle 'super' 70-kg bout against South African-born Hong Kong hope Vuyisile 'The Cheetah' Colossa at the HiTec Star Hall in Kowloon Bay.

26 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Artist faces her painful past on return home

Chinese-Dutch artist Ma Hui , 50, has brought her artwork back to the country of her birth for the first time. During the Cultural Revolution, she was forced to work in the fields as a child because of her father's background as the former governor of the Ningxia region and her mother's religious beliefs.

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Scenic splendours, heritage tours and a miniworld await

There is no doubt that the 185-metre Euromast tower in Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' top attractions. As Holland is as flat as the proverbial pancake, this is one of the few places in the country that affords a panoramic view.

17 Oct 2008 - 12:00am