Video: Dutch news roundup, 17 September 2010
We look at one Dutch woman's choice to return home after 30 years living in Canada; we see how one company is helping the chronically ill by growing medicinal pot; and we hear why some parents are worried they will be falsely accused of child abuse.
Each year, roughly 50,000 Dutch people leave the Netherlands to begin lives in new countries. Making the choice to move away from one's country of birth is difficult. For some, the cultural differences are ultimately too big. Others just long to return to the familiarity of home. Perhaps this is why around half of the people who leave the Netherlands each year eventually come back. Caroline Pelders, for example, is packing up and moving back to Holland after 30 years of life in Canada.
Learning to teach Dutch
The Dutch language is spoken by roughly 30 million people worldwide. This may seem like a lot, but it's actually a small number compared to the estimated 200 million people around the world who speak French, or the one billion who speak English. Even so, there is demand for Dutch language classes in parts of Eastern Europe and South Asia, which is why more than 80 teachers have come to the Netherlands to brush up on the language and culture of the Netherlands.
rs have come to the Netherlands to brush up on the language and culture of the Netherlands.