Wetenschap - 1 januari 1970

‘The world does not always run according to the agenda’

‘The world does not always run according to the agenda’

‘The world does not always run according to the agenda’


What do foreigners notice about the Dutch?

The Netherlands has a worldwide reputation for being an extremely liberal
and tolerant country. Many students from abroad come to the Netherlands
with the idea that it is a place where they can have good fun and get soft
drugs legally. But many realise that there is a lot more to Holland. Here
is what a number of foreigners in Wageningen consider the best
characteristics of the Dutch.

After arriving in the Netherlands some are surprised to discover that their
height is not average like they used to think. They are faced with the
realisation that they are actually quite short. This is hardly surprising
as the Dutch are one of the tallest races in the world. Despite them being
so big, Holland is one of the most densely populated countries in the
world, so unless you come from a country with similar conditions such as
South Korea or Bangladesh, you might need to learn how to make the fullest
use of small spaces. Don’t worry though, the Dutch are masters in the art
of storage in their houses and have taken land use planning to hitherto
unknown extremes as well.

“The Dutch are very polite and helpful, but the trick is, you need to
approach them first,

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