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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...
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...
Did you know that the Dutch miller's craft has been added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage?

UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Did you know that the Dutch craft of the miller operating windmills and watermills has been added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage?...
Kerwin Duinmeijer

Kerwin Duinmeijer memorial

Today marks the 34th anniversary of Kerwin Duinmeijer's death, a 15-year old Antillean boy who was stabbed by a teenage skinhead in the center...
Did you know that the neo-Gothic fountain at Binnenhof in The Hague was originally designed for the World Exhibition in Amsterdam in 1883?

The remarkable story of the Binnenhof Fountain

Did you know that the fountain at the Binnenhof in The Hague was originally designed for the World Exhibition in Amsterdam in 1883? Currently...
The Van Gogh House in Nieuw-Amsterdam is the only public accessible building in the Netherlands where the master painter has lived and worked. You can visit Van Gogh's room. His bed is still in the same place, his art supplies and paint are ready for use. It looks like Van Gogh left for a walk and may come back any time soon.

Van Gogh House in Drenthe

On 11 September 1883 Vincent van Gogh takes a train from The Hague to Drenthe. His brother Theo sent him money for the train...
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...