031. Amsterdam is wearing the trousers: sustainable Denim and Turkish investments

The Netherlands, Turkey, Amsterdam,  jeans,  sustainability and making money: on 16 April 2015, part of the international denim industry will start its ‘Denim City Project’ in Amsterdam. We at the Dutch consulate in Istanbul are proud to host its pre-launch next week. “In the near future, sustainability will turn into something imperative rather than being […]


030. Maritime love: Europort Istanbul, 11-14 March 2015

Dutch and water. All what people say about us is true. We did create almost half of our country and 70% of our GDP is produced below sea-level. In the process of creating the Netherlands we had to cooperate even with those we did not like; this explains how we developed the world famous ‘polder […]


028. Renewed Istanbul infrastructure boom (1): airport and cruise terminal

Without much ado in greater Istanbul a series of multi billion dollar infrastructural projects is being implemented putting Istanbul on the first spot when it comes to new infrastructure in Europe. Some projects are controversial (third airport, the canal), others too long delayed (the expansion of the metro network), but one thing is for sure: […]


025. A Health(y) Business: Dutch Medical Tourists to Turkey

A few months ago, while travelling by bus, a man asked me: ‘Do you know where I need to leave the bus to reach Taksim Square?’ His accent was clear, so I answered him in Dutch. He looked confused and lost. I asked if he liked Istanbul. He didn’t: too many people and too noisy. […]


021. Innovation Week Istanbul

What have glowing marbles, high tech eco-efficient Isa cars, fancy dresses with wearable solar design, solar tiles and every one’s favorite chocolate printers to do with Turkey? What are Daan Roosegaarde and Pauline van Dongen up to in Istanbul? What are all these colleagues from the Embassy in Ankara doing in the Consulate? Why do […]


019. The Netherlands leading in more than 20 economic sectors

General country branding remains important for the Dutch. In this fast changing world we, the Dutch, have to compete for attention. There are more and more upcoming economies and the assumption that others know (all about) The Netherlands might be a bit arrogant on our side. Do we really believe that the new generations of […]


001. Introduction Blog

Since August 2013 I started as Consul-General in Istanbul. In the coming four years I will regularly write blogs about Turkey; mainly regarding economic subjects, although at times political and social matters will also be discussed. After all Turkey is a socially and politically very dynamic country. My objective is not only to provide information […]