For those of you who decide to take a trip to the Netherlands, there are a few things you should know about the inhabitants of this little country. First of all: no, not everyone smokes weed and wears wooden shoes (clogs)! Here is a list of 5 things that are very important to Dutch people.
Football (soccer) & patriotism
Most Dutchies aren’t patriotic at all. Until the European or World Cup Football (soccer) starts, that is… Then whole streets are covered with orange flags, people wear orange (the national colour) all over the place and even call in sick for a few days in the rare case the national team loses a game…
Holland is not a synonym for the Netherlands, people! There are two provinces in the Netherlands called ‘Holland’ (North-Holland and South-Holland). Referring to the Netherlands as ‘Holland’, is kind of tiring for people from other parts of the country. We tend to feel a bit ignored…
The word ‘gezellig’
Even President Obama had to learn this word during his visit to the Netherlands, to the sheer joy of the Dutch press! It’s a term that’s hard to translate though. Words as ‘cozy’ and ‘nice’ come close, but don’t quite capture the true meaning of ‘gezellig’! You’ll have to visit Dutch birthday parties to experience the true vibe of ‘gezelligheid’.
It’s almost impossible to travel anywhere in the world, without running into a fellow countryman. There are only approximately 17 million of us, and yet it seems that the Dutch rule the world when it comes to traveling! While it’s nice to have a touch of familiarity during my stay abroad, I don’t fancy running into a Dutch person on every street corner!
This stereotype is actually true. Most Dutch people eat bread and cheese on a daily basis. They prepare this simple sandwich at home and take it with them to work for their lunch break. I can hardly imagine living without cheese for more than a few days!
Which things strike you as funny or interesting about the Dutch? Leave a comment!