What’s in a Name? Dutch Government Bans ‘Holland’ in Favour of ‘The Netherlands’

What’s in a Name? Dutch Government Bans ‘Holland’ in Favour of ‘The Netherlands’

Tell me, do you use the name 'Holland' or 'The Netherlands' when you speak of my mother country? Despite its common usage, the Dutch government recently announced they want to ban 'Holland' and rebrand the country's name internationally. Why are they so eager to initiate such a huge and expensive undertaking? Find out in this blog post!

About the Elfstedentocht: The Legendary Dutch Sports Event That Hasn’t Taken Place in over Two Decades!

About the Elfstedentocht: The Legendary Dutch Sports Event That Hasn’t Taken Place in over Two Decades!

Waking up to a world covered in a layer of ice this morning suddenly reminded me of the Elfstedentocht, an ice skating tour of nearly 200 kilometres in the Netherlands. Although this must be the most anticipated sports event in the country, it has only taken place 15 times since its very first official edition in 1909.