For Hermitage Amsterdam director Ernst Veen, his new museum is the result of a perfect alchemy of 30 years' worth of interests that have taken form together within its walls: art; exhibitions; Amsterdam; Russia; St. Petersburg; and, of course, the Russian Hermitage museum.
It is a great prize in Russia's vast energy portfolio, estimated to hold over 30 trillion cubic meters of gas that could one day be the main source feeding hungry markets in Western Europe and at home.
At a recent seminar in Moscow of the Dutch government's newly launched grow2gether program, designed to promote Dutch greenhouse technologies to Russian farmers and distributors, a Russian representative of the Dutch company Aweta showed the audience a slide with two pictures on it. On the left was a loose pile of nearly rotten bell peppers; on the right, a photo of immaculate red, green and yellow peppers, neatly packaged in plastic wrap and mini Styrofoam trays and stacked in a curving half-rainbow.
Sitting in his bright orange office on a recent morning, Charles Hoedt, the director of Nuffic Neso Russia, explained the finer points of international education — namely, the growing rate of student exchange between Russia and Holland; the scholarship opportunities available for international students; and how his organization even assists Russian students in locating certain comforts of home in the Netherlands.
The expertise in the field of sustainable energy wielded by Dutch technology giant Philips has become so advanced that their researchers are able to devote just as much attention to beautifying the planet as they do to saving it.
The Moscow Times is proud to announce published on 29th October 2009 the bilingual colour supplement Russia-Finland. This business publication is devoted to cooperation between the two countries in business and tourism and is published in partnership with the Embassy of Finland and the trade enterprise Visit Finland.