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The Netherlands

Some Dutch history

Comparative culture




Dutch customs and characteristics

Gedogen [v.] — to actively tolerate...

• The Dutch café — like a rustic pub...

• "Alstublieft" — A hyper-polite social custom...

Drinking in the Netherlands...

Bicycles...

Dutch gestures (gebaren) ...

• Dutch culture is strangely traditional....

Following and pacing — Dutch pedestrian habits...

Holland is safe — civilized....

• "Nieuwe spelling," 1996...

• "Polder politics" — a taste for concensus...

• Some consider the Dutch language especially difficult....

John Paul II in the Netherlands — a misadventure...

Cursing in Holland...

Dutch toilets...

Peperduur — "as expensive as pepper" ...

Gratuitous conversation with strangers is not customary....

• "Afgesloten" — "road closed" in downtown Amsterdam. Go back or wait....

• The "coffeeshop," or hash bar...

• Holland can be exasperating, it's true....

• "Eet smakelijk" — the Dutch version of the pervasive Continental "bon apetit." ...


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