Other Resources

Local Media

There are no English-language newspapers published in the Netherlands, although international press is available. There are many local-language papers (mainly broadsheets), including Algemeen Dagblad, De Telegraaf, De Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad and Trouw, along with the weekly Elsevier and Vrij Nederland.

Unlike most other countries' public broadcasting organisations, which are either national corporations (such as the BBC), federations of regional public-law bodies or governmental and member-based institutions with their own channels and facilities (such as PBS), those in the Netherlands are member-based broadcasting associations that share common facilities. Under this system, the different groups of Dutch society (political, religious and so on) are allocated airtime on TV and radio.

These public broadcasting organisations produce programmes for four television channels: Nederland 1, Nederland 2, Nederland 3 and Nederland 4 (digital); and five national radio networks: Radio 1, Radio 2, 3FM, Radio 4, and Radio 5 (for several years dubbed 747 AM and Radio 747).

There are also a number of commercial channels and stations. RTL (Europe's largest TV, radio and production company) operates the television channels RTL4, RTL5, RTL7 and RTL8, whilst SBS (Scandinavian Broadcasting System) operates SBS6, Net5 and Veronica channels.

Popular commercial FM stations include Sky Radio and Radio 538.

Tourist Boards in UK

Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC), PO Box 30783, London WC2B 6DH, tel (020) 7539 7950, fax (020) 7539 7953.