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The Netherlands then and now – was it really better in the ‘good old days’?

The older generation often claim that things used to be better in ‘the good old days’. The air was cleaner, there was far less traffic and crime and children were generally much better behaved. But is this really true? Now you can decide for yourself by watching the intriguing Dutch documentary, ‘Nederland van Alleman’!

Nederland van Alleman – the Netherlands 50 years ago

Dutch documentaryOn 13th February 2014, a new documentary series was launched on Dutch television, entitled ‘Nederland van Alleman’. The programme, which is based on the 1963 documentary, ‘Alleman’, by Bert Haanstra, depicts how life in the Netherlands has changed over the last 50 years. In addition to broadcasting beautiful old images of Dutch cities and landscapes, the documentary provides a fascinating insight into what Dutch people found important back in 1963, including how they viewed love, marriage and having children, as well as the type of work that they did and the hobbies that they enjoyed. The series also goes on to compare their way of live to that of the modern Dutch family and how they spend their time today.

How to watch ‘Nederland van Alleman’ abroad

The first three episodes of Nederland van Alleman, which examined attitudes towards children and love, have already been aired. If you missed them, then you can catch up via Uitzending Gemist. Five episodes of this compelling documentary are still scheduled for broadcast on Nederland 1 on Thursday evenings from 22:10 to 22:55 (Dutch time). If you are unable to watch Dutch television abroad, then you can usually watch it live or directly after the transmission via the Internet – please refer to our list of Dutch TV and radio for more information or click here for a brief preview of Nederland van Alleman.

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

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