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Top Dutch facts

30 interesting facts about the Netherlands

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Is the Netherlands truly the land of clogs, tulips and windmills? Why shouldn't you call it Holland, anyway? Test your Dutch knowledge with these top 30 facts.

Dutch food

Top 10 Dutch foods – with recipes

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There's much more to Dutch food than raw herring and smashed potatoes. Here are the top 10 most popular Dutch foods, together with top Dutch recipes for you to try at home a different cuisine.

Public holidays in the Netherlands

Public holidays and important dates in the Netherlands 2016

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Here is a list of Dutch public holidays (Nationale feestdagen) in 2016, plus other important dates such as school holidays, Mother's and Father's days, and daylight saving.

Facts about the Netherlands

A brief introduction to the Netherlands

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The newcomer to the Netherlands will be forgiven for not knowing what to expect about Dutch culture, after tales of windmills, clogs, dikes and tulips. Expatica offers a whistle-stop tour.

Social security in the Netherlands: Your Dutch social security benefits

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Foreign workers are obliged to pay social security in the Netherlands but what Dutch social security benefits can you claim – without affecting your Dutch residency?

Christmas in the Netherlands

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Two Dutch Santas? For those spending Christmas in the Netherlands, this guide explains what you need to create the perfect Dutch Christmas and understand Dutch Christmas traditions.

Emergency numbers in the Netherlands

Emergency numbers for expats in the Netherlands

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Need to contact the police, doctor or gas company urgently? Here is a list of essential numbers and websites for emergencies and other issues in the Netherlands.

King's Day

How to celebrate King's Day in the Netherlands

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Most countries with royalty celebrate their monarch's birthday with pomp and ceremony. The Dutch, in contrast, hold a giant open-air market to celebrate 'Koningsdag' and paint the town orange.

Top Dutch festivals

Top Dutch festivals 2016

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Dutch festivals celebrate everything from life to flowers to music. This guide gives you a taste of the top Dutch festivals to see in 2016.

Dutch inventions

10 things you didn't know were Dutch

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The Dutch can be credited to many more inventions than Gouda and Edam yellow cheese wheels and 'Big Brother'.

Public transport in the Netherlands

Guide to public transport in the Netherlands

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Here is a basic guide to trains, buses, trams, airports and taxis in the Netherlands, including information for those with special needs.

Driving in the Netherlands

Driving and parking rules in the Netherlands

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All you need to know about driving in the Netherlands, from exchanging your driver's licence to car registration and parking.

Special needs

A guide to special needs services in the Netherlands

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A wide array of organisations assists people with special needs in the Netherlands, from transport to education to holidays.

Dutch culture

Guide to the Dutch: Society and working culture

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Are the Dutch really flexible and direct? For those living in the Netherlands, we take a look at Dutch attitudes to work, family life and time management to ease integration.



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