The Dutch are not like any other people. They play with fireworks, live for everything free, and live the sugar rush. In other words, the Dutch people are unique in their kind. Discover the 10X weirdest habits the Dutch people have.
Table of contents
- Dutch People LOVE Free Things!
- Being Blunt and Speak Your Mind
- The Dutch People Go Everywhere By Bike
- Kiss Everyone
- Ignore Alarms
- Many Dutch People Play With Explosives During New Years
- Dutch People Live On a Chocolate High
- Sit In An Awkward Party Circle
- Eat Kapsalon After Parties
- Time Sensitivity
- Bonus: Weird Dutch Expression
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Dutch People LOVE Free Things!
Dutch people are very fond of everything free. They are shameless in accepting free goodies.
Many shops in the Netherlands offer free test samples to get more sales. But what you might not expect is that many Dutch people go in and try everything, and I mean everything! But don’t think they’ll be buying anything?. Because the love for free stuff goes hand in hand with being frugal with their money.
If you want to lure Dutch people, use this habit and give them something for free. (Also a great trick to make friends)
Also Read ➳ 15X “Don’t Buy” To Increase Your Travel Budget
Being Blunt and Speak Your Mind
In other countries, the Dutch people are considered rude because they are used to speaking their minds. When you ask for a Dutchie’s opinion, expect to get a real and honest answer that is not decorated with all kinds of fuzzy words.
Personally, I find this very nice as I don’t consider it rude, but just brutally honest. Which in my opinion is always better than somebody who makes something sound better than it is. We can learn from this honest feedback.
Pro Tip ➳ Visit Zeeland in The Netherlands, a place with beautiful beaches and even blunter people than the rest of the Netherlands.
The Dutch People Go Everywhere By Bike
The main form of transportation, in cities especially, is by bike. When you are in the Netherlands, you will see bikes all around you.
The entire country is designed for bike riding. If you learn it once, you will never forget how to do it. Hence the Dutch saying, “It’s like riding a bike.”
Participate in Dutch culture and rent a bike yourself. But do be careful, and make sure you only cycle on the cycle paths.
Also Read ➳ Public Transport Netherlands – How To Get Around
When you meet someone for the first time in an informal situation, it is normal to greet each other with three kisses on the cheeks. Or when you haven’t seen someone in a long time, when you are seeing a friend, congratulating someone, or when you are saying goodbye. Or…. Yup, you get the point. Dutch people like to kiss each other on the cheeks.
So if you want to blend in don’t hesitate, and just start kissing those cheeks.
P.S. Sometimes, this gets awkward. Imagine that you are giving a colleague 3 kisses at a Christmas party, and you both accidentally start and the same side. Whoops!
Dutchies are very familiar with regular drills. Universities, elementary schools, office buildings, supermarkets, and other public buildings are obligated to do a set of unexpected fire drills every year.
Furthermore, on the 1st Monday of the month at 12 a.m., an air raid alarm goes off in the entire country to test the system if a national crisis occurs. And then we have the alarm text service NL Alert, which will make your phone scream every time they send out a message.
In other words, alarms are not so alarming anymore to the Dutch people. In other countries when an alarm goes off everybody runs outside. But in the Netherlands, everybody just stays put, checks their phone if something is really happening, and carries on with whatever they’re doing.
Many Dutch People Play With Explosives During New Years
Throughout the year, the Dutch people are calm and “normal”, as the saying goes “doe maar normaal, dan doe je al gek genoeg” or “act normal, because then you’re already crazy enough”.
But during New Years’ the entire country will be turned upside down. Illegal fireworks are being smuggled from Germany (and Belgium) into the Netherlands. Illegal fireworks like a Cobra has the same firepower as a hand grenade.
So, on New Years’ the Dutch People are partying like crazy, and casually playing with hand grenades for a wild 24-hours. Resulting in millions upon millions of damages.
When you sum this up, it all sounds terrible and kind of scary, but in the Netherlands, it is as normal as riding your bike to work and eating chocolate sprinkles for breakfast.
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Dutch People Live On a Chocolate High
It is perfectly normal in The Netherlands to start the day with a ton of chocolate. Most people know chocolate sprinkles as cupcake decorations, but the Dutch people take this a lot more seriously and eat it in the morning and the afternoon regularly.
A typical Dutch breakfast is a slice of bread with butter and chocolate sprinkles. This goes for children, but also grown-ups. Everybody in the Netherlands loves their chocolate.
In the supermarket, you will find chocolate sprinkles in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Imagine a section of 2 meters in height and 4 meters in width, all with different kinds of chocolate sprinkles. Well, that’s what a typical Dutch supermarket looks like.
Also read ➳ 15x Traditional Dutch Foods You Need To Try
Sit In An Awkward Party Circle
When it’s party-time in the Netherlands, and you’re celebrating someone’s birthday with the family, you will come across the infamous party circle. The Dutch people have made it a habit to organize in a big circle with chairs, and everyone will sit down here during the entire party.
People will off-course switch seats and get something to drink. But the majority of the time is spent sitting down and chatting in this “party circle” formation.
Eat Kapsalon After Parties
After a night out in the town, drinking, dancing, and partying, you are going to be hungry! When you go out in the Netherlands, ask for a snack bar for a Kapsalon. A Kapsalon is a dish with a ton of meat, fries, and a little salad, drained in a garlic sauce, served in a tin tub with everything stacked on top of each other. Definitely a delicious meal after a good party!
Nevertheless, it’s not your healthiest option as an average Kapsalon contains 1800 kcal.
Also Read ➳ Dutch Food: 15X Dishes You Need To Try
Punctuality is hardwired into the habits of the Dutch people. If you have a meeting at 10 a.m., you have a meeting at 10 a.m. Suppose your bus ticket says your bus leaves at 3 p.m. It will leave at 3 p.m.
Being late is considered rude. For example, at some universities, you are not even allowed into class anymore when you’re not on time. So, put a watch on and practice your time management.
Bonus: Weird Dutch Expression
You are an ant fucker! –> Je bent een mierenneuker!
Meaning: Someone who is very precise.
Learn More ➳ 35x Weird Dutch Sayings & Expressions
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