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038. Surprising Istanbul: a timeless city

‘Either I conquer Constantinople or Constantinople conquers me,’ Fatih Sultan Mehmet II, the seventh Ottoman Sultan, once said. He was a key figure in the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, creating a world power. In 1453, at the age of 21, he as first Muslim conquered Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) and realized a centuries’ old dream […]

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034. Dear Turkish Student: “Studying in the Netherlands should be on your shortlist”

The Netherlands is, according to rankings (I know, rankings have limited value, but when the Netherlands ranks high I like them…), one of the best countries for foreign students to study. This applies to both academic level and cost of studying and living. This fact is however hardly known outside the Netherlands. The world will […]

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033. Renewed Istanbul infrastructure boom (2): bridges and tunnels

Without much ado a series of multi-billion dollar infrastructural projects is being implemented in the greater Istanbul area, leading to an unprecedented infrastructure boom that at present goes unrivaled in Europe. Some projects are not without discussion (third airport, the canal), others perhaps too long delayed (the expansion of the metro network for example), but […]

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032. Herring and flowers: typically Turkish

What I like most about my travels and work abroad is that appearances, perceptions and reality are different from what one expects; they change the more when one travels and opens up. The best herring in the Netherland is sold by a Turkish/Dutch company, the Turkish tulip is considered to be Dutch, and Dutch plants […]

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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: […]

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027. “Meet the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs” in Istanbul

A group of thirty students ‘Office Management’ from Rotterdam enters the 18th century church of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul. Slightly intimidated by the beauty of this ‘house of worship’, the group seems shy at first. As I am on a business trip this time they are received by Jeroen Gankema (head of the Press […]

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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. […]

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024. Simit Sarayi, a Succesful Turkish Investment in the Netherlands

There are many successes to be reported about Turkish Dutch economic co-operation. The Dutch newspaper NRC recently published an article by Marloes de Koning on Simit Sarayi, a Turkish chain of over 300 cafetaria’s/restaurants selling Simits and other bread products. The Turkish economy is globalizing and investing abroad is part of this. There are many […]

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020. About the Bosporus

Mid November is the annual Istanbul Marathon. Its main attraction is running from Asia to Europe, across the “first” bridge, high above the Bosporus. This year I joined 10,000’s runners. After the bridge the sign “welcome to Europe” greeted us. The Bosporus is quite a waterway: romantically beautiful, with spectacular houses and castles on its […]

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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 […]