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Crooked house Amsterdam

The history of crooked Amsterdam houses – are they safe?

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How safe are Amsterdam's crooked houses? Take a look at the history behind the development of Amsterdam's narrow houses and theories on why they tilt today - which is what you should avoid if you live in one.

Is Amsterdam safe to visit or live

Is Amsterdam safe?

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Are you worried about whether Amsterdam is a safe place to live in or visit? Learn more about how safe Amsterdam is at night, it's red light district, and if there's crime in the city.

Dating the Dutch

Africanah Girl: 10 reasons to date or marry a Dutch man

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Forget what you've read in cyberspace about Dutch men being uncool, unromantic or underdressed; Caroline outlines 10 reasons why Dutch guys are worth it.

Dating the Dutch

10 tips for dating Dutch women and Dutch men

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You may have heard that Dutch women are the most beautiful in the world or that Dutch men are boring. We look behind the Dutch dating rumours on Dutch women and Dutch men.

History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

The Dutch winter survival kit every expat needs

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A love of pea soup, a potato masher, hot chocolate and eternal hope is a good start to assembling your Dutch winter survival kit.

10 cool Dutch words that have no English translation

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Dutch isn't the most widely spoken language, but these cool Dutch words are worth learning for those moments that no English word can express.

Dutch proverbs

Dutch proverbs: How the Dutch express themselves

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The Dutch express themselves in sometimes baffling, but commonly used, ways. Expat blogger Dutched Pinay comes to grips with a selection of Dutch proverbs.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand

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As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Christmas

Who's that with Santa? An introduction to Black Peter

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St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) and his helper Black Peter (Zwarte Piet or Père Fouettard) are the source of some controversy – who's that Black Piet giving out the gifts at Christmas time?

toilets in the Netherlands

Public toilets: A Dutch inconvenience

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Going to a public toilet in the Netherlands is not like elsewhere – if you can find one. Amanda van Mulligen investigates the inconvenience of Dutch toilets.

business opportunities

Expat interview: Make your own business opportunities in the Netherlands

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You can create your own business opportunities in the Netherlands, to which expat author and cultural centre founder Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska can attest, as long as you don't have a 'pre-programmed vision' she says.

Dutch nationality

Is getting Dutch nationality worth the effort?

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Does getting Dutch nationality make a difference? From the minute you get your Dutch passport, says Kenyan expat Caroline, who survived the bureaucratic chaos – and would do it again.

Best places to live

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?

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Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

Celebrating Sinterklaas: A guide for parents

Celebrating Sinterklaas: A guide for parents

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Traditionally, in mid-November, two weeks before his celebrated Feast Day, Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands by boat from his home in Spain.



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