News & Events
'Game of Thrones' speech at Google Zeitgeist
On 20 May, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans speeched at Google Zeitgeist in London. He said: ‘Just about four years ago, my son Mark said I should start reading fantasy novels. Now, I like reading, but fantasy was not on my screen. But since he had previously introduced me to the brilliance of some music I didn't know before, I thought I might take him up on this. You know, if Bob Dylan turns out to be brilliant, I didn't know that but my son did. Perhaps some of these novels might be nice. And he introduced me to a series written by an American author called George R.R. Martin, "Game of Thrones," now a series on HBO. And I want to use Game of Thrones in my lecture today because Game of Thrones sort of captures the Zeitgeist more than anything else I've seen. It's the perfect metaphor for where we stand as a society. It is confusing.' Read more...
Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure
From 26 June to 8 September the National Gallery presents a captivating exhibition exploring the concept of music as one the most popular motifs in Dutch painting, and as a daily pastime of the elite in the northern Netherlands during the 17th century. The exhibition aims to enhance viewers’ appreciation of some of the most beautiful and evocative paintings by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries, by juxtaposing them with musical instruments and songbooks of the period. Read more...
As of 9 March 2014, new passports and identity cards for adults will be valid for 10 years. Documents for minors under the age of 18 will remain valid for five years, as before. The new fees for travel documents and ID cards will take effect on the same date.
Dutch nationals living outside the Netherlands, on a temporary basis or otherwise, and wishing to cast their votes for Dutch representatives in the 2014 European Parliamentary elections must register as voter by 10 April 2014.
All Dutch ambassadors, consuls-general and permanent representatives to international organisations are in The Hague this week to synchronise their thinking on Dutch diplomacy. During the Ambassadors’ Conference, they can reinforce their ties with politicians, businesses and civil society organisations in the Netherlands.
If you wish to apply for a Dutch passport or identity card during the first 3 weeks of January, you should take into account that processing times may be longer than usual. Also, appointment availability will be limited.
The newest hardcopy newsletter of the NFIA UK & Ireland brings interesting in-depth articles on the fast-track Orange Carpet Visa Facility, the strength of the Dutch workforce and the latest success stories of companies setting up in The Netherlands.
'There are no words for this moment; we can only look back with gratitude,' said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on hearing the news that Nelson Mandela has died.
Would an oath contribute to the moral awareness of bankers? Would bankers be prepared to take fewer risks if they would have more job security? What should a ‘fair’ rewarding system look like? Are the bonuses the main cause of the financial crisis?
Dutch PM and VVD leader Mark Rutte gave the annual Isaiah Berlin lecture on Europe and trade at the National Liberal Club in London yesterday. He talked about liberal values and the future challenges facing the EU and the internal market.
Active lobbying by the Dutch government resulted in € 827 million in foreign investment for the Dutch economy in the first six months of this year. Together these investments are good for 4,332 extra jobs. Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced this on 30 September 2013 during the opening of the new global research centre ‘Nutricia Research’ in Utrecht, part of the French company Danone.