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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.

Boterham Dutch sandwich

Dutch lunch: Boter eat that boterham

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Don't like boterham? Kevin Lowe explains why Dutch sandwiches are key to fitting in with your Dutch co-workers and integrating into Dutch culture, no matter if you like a hot lunch.

Dutch phrases

The 10 funniest Dutch idioms – and what they really mean

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If your dinner guest tells you an 'angel peed on their tongue', you should take it as a Dutch compliment not an insult.

How to learn Dutch without tears

How to learn Dutch without tears

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Language expert Albert Both explains why learning Dutch isn’t that difficult and offers helpful tips on how to learn Dutch fast and effectively.

Dutch habits

13 habits you have to lose in the Netherlands

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Political correctness and closing the curtains were just two habits American expat Melissa Adams had to lose in the Netherlands.

Dear foreigners: Please don't visit Amsterdam until you've read these 5 fac...

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Amsterdam is estimated to attract 30 million tourists by 2025, but what impact do all those visitors have on the lives of locals who have to live there?

25 ways to help you talk like the Dutch

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Do you replace 'thanks' with 'hoor'? If you're learning Dutch, these 25 fun tips can help you sound more like a Dutch local.

Cycling in the Netherlands

Awesome Amsterdam: A complete guide to cycling in the Netherlands

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Everything you need to know before riding away on your Dutch bicycle: Dutch cycling rules, safety locks and how to rent or buy a bike in the Netherlands.

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

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If you're aged 18–28, have your say in ThinkYoung's survey for your chance to win an iPad mini or a Spotify Premium three-months voucher!

Making Dutch friends

Ready Steady Go Dutch: Are the Dutch unfriendly?

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How easy is it to make Dutch friends? Don't expect to be invited to their home, say expats, but once you break the ice you will have a loyal Dutch friend for life.

Dutch culture

A Dutch checklist: 11 signs you're still acting like a tourist

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If you're still offended by bad customer service and don't complain about the weather, your warning bells should start ringing.

Going Dutch

Ready Steady Go Dutch: Dutch attitudes and 'being normal'

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From a relaxed work life to 'non-existent' customer service, expats in the Netherlands talk about the 'norms' of living and working in the Netherlands.

Bitterballenbruid: 30 signs you're definitely Dutch

Bitterballenbruid: 30 signs you're definitely Dutch

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Just how Dutch are you? Moving to the Netherlands changes you in the strangest ways.

Rude-sounding Dutch words

Bitterballenbruid: 10 rude-sounding Dutch words

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'Kies mijn kant'! These words may elicit giggles and guffaws from English speakers but they have completely different — and very innocent — meanings in Dutch.

International names

Amsterdam Mamas: Choosing an 'international name' for your child

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What names work internationally? Amsterdam Mamas lists the best names that are easy to pronounce for both Dutch and English speakers — and some names to avoid.



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