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Did you know that Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) was the first Dutch woman to complete a university degree? Not only did she fight for women's rights to vote, she was also the Netherlands' first female physician and promoted birth control as a way of fighting poverty among the poor.

Inspirational Dutch woman: Aletta Jacobs

Did you know that Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) was the first Dutch woman to complete a university degree? Not only did she fight for women's rights...
Meppel

Mosquitos from Meppel

Did you know that according to an old myth the dome of Meppel's church tower was on fire but by the time the fire brigade...
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Megalithic stone graves in Drenthe

Did you know that you can find more than 50 megalithic stone graves within a 30km radius in Drenthe? Bike or hike along a...
Schiermonnikoog

Schiermonnikoog World War II

Did you know that the island of Schiermonnikoog was the last part of Europe to be liberated from the German occupation after WWII? Hundreds...
Did you know that 435 shipwrecks have been found in the soils of Flevoland? This makes the youngest province of the Netherlands one of the world's largest dry ship graveyards.

Sunken treasures at the Batavialand Museum

Did you know that many surprising archaeological finds have been excavated from the soils of Flevoland? Over the decades activities like constructing buildings, drainage...
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The Dutch tricolor flag

Did you know that the Dutch flag used to be orange, white and blue? In the 17th century orange was replaced by red because the...
John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Sleep in the same room as John & Yoko at Amsterdam Hilton

Did you know you can spend your honeymoon in the same presidential suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono spend...
Did you know that back in the days in Hindeloopen you could recognize a married woman by the knot of their kerchief on their left side, close to her heart? If her husband was at sea and you tried to mess around with her, they would place you in the pillory.

How to recognize married women in Hindeloopen

Did you know that back in the days in Hindeloopen (Friesland) you could recognize a married woman by the knot of their kerchief on...
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New York City’s flag

Did you know that the flag of New York City is derived from the flag of the Dutch Republic, as used in 1625 when...
Did you know that Vincent van Gogh made as many as seven sketches of the Roosdonck windmill (built in 1884) in Nuenen while he lived there from 1883 to 1885? However, he refused to paint this windmill as he simply disliked new buildings.

Vincent van Gogh refused to paint windmill

Did you know that Vincent van Gogh made as many as seven sketches of the Roosdonck windmill (built in 1884) in Nuenen while he...