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The Dutch Burka Ban Law

The Dutch Burka ban

The Dutch Burka ban law makes wearing face-covering clothing in the Netherlands illegal. It went into effect on August 1st 2019. How are you all feeling? Much safer I hope. After all, between 150 to 400  women in a country of 17 million people are believed to wear Burkas. Terrifying! Many a time I’ve laid awake at night shivering after encountering two women wearing burkas in 15 years of living in the Netherlands. Obviously, they’re out to change Dutch culture by wearing face-covering clothing. We know how much Dutch women like to dress alike. What if they’re told that Niqabs are fashionable? They’ll all be wearing them.

woman in leopard print dress
There was a time in the Netherlands when only 150 women wore leopard print. Now they ALL wear it.

The Justifications used for the Burka ban

Firstly, just so we’re clear, here’s a helpful graphic that shows the different types of traditional Muslim clothing. Below are some of the excuses justifications for the new law.

Dutch Burka ban diagram
Types of traditional Muslim women clothing.

1. It’s to help improve the rights of Muslim women

Apparently the best way to improve women’s rights is to make laws telling them what they’re allowed to wear. That makes perfect sense!

It appears that a lot of people believe that all 150 plus women wearing burkas or niqabs in the Netherlands do so because they’re forced to. No actual research has been carried out that proves this but you know, I read something on Facebook about it so it must be true.

2. It’s about security

You can’t have people hiding their identities. That’s just not how we in the western world do things. It’s incredibly dangerous having people running around hiding their faces. It makes people insecure. In the Netherlands, this kind of thing is not allowed.


3. It’s got nothing to do with religion!

Even though the Dutch media and politicians have discussed this as being a burka ban, the new law has nothing to do with religion. Neeeeeeeeeee! Echt niet! If you wear a crash helmet on a bus or in a public building you can also be fined for it. You know what? I believe this, so am looking forward to seeing people dressed as traditional Zwarte Piets being fined for hiding their faces. After all, this law isn’t about religion right?

Image comparing the Dutch Burka ban with Zwarte Piet appearance


No blackface wearers were hurt (or fined) during the writing of this post.



About Simon Woolcot

Infamous blogger, annoyance and self-confessed Shallow Man. Simon is a British expat who has lived in Amsterdam since 2004. As well as writing this blog, Simon also has a YouTube channel of the same name, writes and directs videos and hosts seminars about life in the Netherlands. He also works as a content marketing and SEO specialist.