Up to a million people - locals, tourists and Dutch from the wider Netherlands - come into Amsterdam to celebrate Kingsday.

This week I celebrated my fourth Kingsday living in Amsterdam, arguably one of the best days of the year in The Netherlands. An annual holiday, it (...)

The Netherlands’ king Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima sample regional cuisine during King’s Day (Koningsdag), the celebration of the birthday of the king, in Dordrecht on April 27th, 2015. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/AFP/Getty Images 2:49

The prestigious Order of Orange-Nassau has been awarded in the birthday honours list of the king of the Netherlands to a spoof nominee from a televisi(...)

Relatives and friends of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines  disaster at  a national commemoration ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen-Pool/Getty Images

The day is already being remembered as 17/7, the Netherlands’ own 9/11 – and so it was fitting that the centrepiece of yesterday’s national day of r(...)

The convoy of funeral hearses arrives at the Korporaal van Oudheusdenkazerne in Hilversum, The Netherlands today after a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane brought back 74 more coffins containing remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash, from Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine to the Eindhoven air base in the Netherlands. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/EPA

Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster have arrived in the Netherlands today, while Australian and D(...)

 Hearses carry coffins containing unidentified bodies from the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 leave the airport  in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2:13

Things run as they should in the Netherlands. So at 3.45pm precisely church bells around the country began to ring, tolling solidly for five minute(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte signs a condolence register at the ministry of safety and justice in The Hague for relatives and friends of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

As the Netherlands observed a national day of mourning yesterday, during which the number of Dutch confirmed to have died on flight MH17 rose to 189,(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin photographed during a television interview last month. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/Pool/Reuters

Norway’s health minister will make a point about gay rights in Russia by attending the Sochi Paralympics with his husband, but the Dutch king and prim(...)

Always popular in central Europe, the enthusiasm for skiing among foreign tourists, including people from Britain and Ireland, has contributed to busier slopes

Hours after Michael Schumacher left his chalet last Sunday in the French ski resort of Méribel, the retired Formula One champion was once again front (...)

Russian police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in StPetersburg on May 1st last year. Russian gay rights activists have expressed concern about “conflicting messages” regarding Dutch government support for their cause. Photograph: Reuters

When a senior Dutch diplomat was attacked and beaten in his Moscow apartment in October and the letters “LGBT” scrawled in red lipstick on a mirror, t(...)

Dutch King Willem-Alexander (centre) and Queen Maxima  are welcomed by Swedish speaker of parliament Per Westerberg   in Stockholm on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

The Dutch government says it still expects a state visit to Russia by King Willem-Alexander to go ahead next month, despite the attack on one of its d(...)