History and Poldermodel

In the Middle Ages, there were many countships and the occasional duchies on the territory of the Netherlands, which for the larger part coincide with the current provinces. When the King of Spain inherited all of these in the second half of the 16th... Read more...


The Government

The Netherlands has a representative democracy and its parliament (Staten Generaal) is made up of two chambers: the Upper House (Eerste Kamer), whose 75 members are elected by the members of the provincial councils; and the Lower House (Tweede Kamer),... Read more...


The Royal Family

Since April 30 of this year, the Netherlands has a new Head of State, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. Willlem-Alexander was not crowned, but rather inaugurated. This has to do with the fact that from the start – which is only 200 years ago – the... Read more...


Economy

After Paris, London and Milan, the Randstad (the area including, and between, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht) is the largest economic urban area in the EU, measured in terms of gross domestic product. This is largely due to the strong presence... Read more...


Customs and Etiquette

Generally, the Dutch do not like company to stop by informally, if they just happen to be ‘in the neighborhood’. If you know someone very well, you can call in the morning to ask if you can come by that evening, but normally you should call further... Read more...


Language

Almost everyone speaks virtually fluent English in the Netherlands and in the beginning, the Dutch think it’s perfectly fine if you speak English, and they will respond in English. But don’t be fooled into thinking that their own language is not so... Read more...


Religion

Although modern Dutch society is very secular, and not many Dutch people identify with an organized religion, you will see plenty of churches and other places of worship, and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice your own religion if you wish. The... Read more...


Useful references

support organizations ACCESS Zeestraat 100 2518 AD The Hague 0900 2 222 377 www.access-nl.org Or visit The Hague International Centre – the City Hall Atrium, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Mon-Fri OUTPOST THE HAGUE (at Shell Headquarters) The center of a worldwide... Read more...


Recommended reading

THE HOLLAND GUIDE app The Holland Handbook on your iPad With extra features, almost a thousand live references and hundreds of stunning photos Available in the App Store www.xpat.nl/hollandguide THE UNDUTCHABLES By Colin White and Laurie Boucke A tongue-in-cheek... Read more...


History and Poldermodel

In the Middle Ages, there were many countships and the occasional duchies on the territory of the Netherlands, which for the larger part coincide with the current provinces. When the King of Spain inherited all of these in the second half of the 16th...

Read more...


The Government

The Netherlands has a representative democracy and its parliament (Staten Generaal) is made up of two chambers: the Upper House (Eerste Kamer), whose 75 members are elected by the members of the provincial councils; and the Lower House (Tweede Kamer),...

Read more...


The Royal Family

Since April 30 of this year, the Netherlands has a new Head of State, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. Willlem-Alexander was not crowned, but rather inaugurated. This has to do with the fact that from the start – which is only 200 years ago – the...

Read more...


Economy

After Paris, London and Milan, the Randstad (the area including, and between, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht) is the largest economic urban area in the EU, measured in terms of gross domestic product. This is largely due to the strong presence...

Read more...


Customs and Etiquette

Generally, the Dutch do not like company to stop by informally, if they just happen to be ‘in the neighborhood’. If you know someone very well, you can call in the morning to ask if you can come by that evening, but normally you should call further...

Read more...


Language

Almost everyone speaks virtually fluent English in the Netherlands and in the beginning, the Dutch think it’s perfectly fine if you speak English, and they will respond in English. But don’t be fooled into thinking that their own language is not so...

Read more...


Religion

Although modern Dutch society is very secular, and not many Dutch people identify with an organized religion, you will see plenty of churches and other places of worship, and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice your own religion if you wish. The...

Read more...


Useful references

support organizations ACCESS Zeestraat 100 2518 AD The Hague 0900 2 222 377 www.access-nl.org Or visit The Hague International Centre – the City Hall Atrium, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Mon-Fri OUTPOST THE HAGUE (at Shell Headquarters) The center of a worldwide...

Read more...


Recommended reading

THE HOLLAND GUIDE app The Holland Handbook on your iPad With extra features, almost a thousand live references and hundreds of stunning photos Available in the App Store www.xpat.nl/hollandguide THE UNDUTCHABLES By Colin White and Laurie Boucke A tongue-in-cheek...

Read more...


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