“Hellas Pindakaas” radio show reminds residents of Amsterdam of their beloved peanut butter and distant Greece. This innovative title belongs to a Greek-speaking radio show broadcast by Amsterdam’s state radio Salto/Wereld FM for the past two months.
Inspiration for this show is due to a Greek journalist from Thessaloniki who aspires, without being paid for his work, to show people of Amsterdam they have many things in common with Greece, encouraging them to set aside their differences and focus on their similarities.
“I present this show voluntarily for a radio station not looking for profit,” comments Nikos Koulousios living in the Netherlands since 1999. “I wanted to find a name for my show which would be recognized by both Greek and Dutch people, a name combining these two cultures,” adds the 35-year-old presenter.
His program showcases news and discussion about Greek and Dutch issues. His guests include either people learning Greek or already speaking Greek although they sometimes speak English or Dutch. There is also a special column pertaining to immigration matters, something that Nikos is intimately aware of.
He first visited Holland in 1999 as an exchange student and decided to live there for the rest of his life. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the Haagse Hogeschool in Hague and his master’s at the University of Amsterdam. He has worked as an editor for several Greek newspapers, magazines and online news portals as well as created his own blog on Dutch issues (www.lifo.gr).
Mr Koulousios reports also that during the past two years many young Greeks or even entire families have migrated to the Netherlands in search of job opportunities.