Moving abroad is a lengthy and challenging undertaking! Once the more pressing matters have been taken care of, you can start to enjoy your social life in the Netherlands. To do this, it might be helpful to know more about Dutch traditions and social practices.  

You may be surprised to see some men walking around with blackened faces and brightly coloured costumes at the beginning of December, if you have not learnt about ‘Sinterklaas’. This is a ‘Typical Dutch Festivity‘ based on the legend of Saint Nicholas, which both children and adults love to participate in. It is an integral part of the Christmas celebrations in the Netherlands, so before the season arrives, read up on it here.

There are ways of celebrating other occasions, such as weddings, Birthdays and anniversaries, which are unique to the Netherlands as well. Learn the protocol for congratulating your Dutch friends on their newborn baby, and much more about ‘Special occasions the Dutch way‘.

You are likely to come across instances of ‘Dutch customs and etiquette‘ on a daily basis in the Netherlands. It is wise to know a little about these in order to feel at home in your new country, and so as not to accidentally offend anyone! Read about important matters, like how to serve (and be served) your coffee, in our article below.