Where can I get Dutch news?
News from Groningen
If you don’t speak Dutch or you’re still learning, you can find English-language news articles and background stories about Groningen (as well as Drenthe and Friesland) on the Northern Times website. There is even a section about international students, so you are definitely not alone here.
If you’re of the opinion that the scope of local cultural life is commensurate with the size of the city, then check out Here & Now in Groningen. This events calendar lists everything from concerts and museum exhibitions to educational lectures and social gatherings.
All of the Netherlands
Want to look beyond Groningen? DutchNews.nl and NLTimes.nl provide summaries of all important Dutch news and report on current events in the Netherlands, from politics and society to sports and entertainment. Here, you will also find a frequently updated section with coronavirus information.
Social media users can simply follow the NOS in English page on Facebook. Set up by Dutch students, it provides unofficial translations of news articles of the largest news organisation of the Netherlands, NOS. Even though the translated news is unauthorised and possible linguistic inaccuracies may occur here and there, it is a great student initiative you can use to your advantage.
News in Dutch
If you prefer to practise your Dutch, you can start with media that is focused on life in the North. By reading the Dagblad van het Noorden newspaper or watching the RTV Noord television programmes, you will always stay up to date. Another way to keep up with local developments, celebrations, and measures is to follow the municipality of Groningen on social media.
Life is not only about hard news of course! If you want to connect with local sports fans, check Sport in Stad. And culture lovers can keep up with the artsy events and activities via Filter Groningen.
As for national news in Dutch, there are a ton of options, including NOS, de Volkskrant, NRC, Trouw, and many others. Oh, and don’t forget De Speld – its satirical articles parodying the trending news stories are a perfect gateway to understanding life in the Netherlands.