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Fun facts about the Dutch

Fun facts about the Dutch

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These fun Dutch facts will plunge you into Dutch culture: From understanding Dutch abbreviations and diminutives to their obsession with licorice and chip sauces.

Sinterklaas treats

Sinterklaas treats

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Sinterklaas is a time for presents and sweeties. Foodie Paola Westbeek shares her recipes for speculaas and kruidnoten.

Goodbye golliwogs, but can I accept Zwarte Piet?

Goodbye golliwogs, but can I accept Zwarte Piet?

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Children survived the loss of golliwog figures, can't the same be said for Zwarte Piet? Expat Ellen Duckenfield discusses the controversial – but beloved – black-faced Zwarte Piet.

Zwarte Piet: A Dutch perspective

Zwarte Piet: A Dutch perspective

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Hedwig van Driel reflects on her beloved Dutch holiday traditions and the controversy that surrounds Zwarte Piet – in international circles, at least.

Who's that with Santa?

Who's that with Santa?

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

How to parent like the Dutch

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From breakfasting on chocolate sprinkles to teaching directness from a young age, an expat talks about several parenting hacks to copy from the Dutch.

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.

9 things 'inburgeringscursus' doesn't teach you

9 things 'inburgeringscursus' doesn't teach you

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How Dutch are you really? Here are nine things foreigners should learn about the Netherlands – from a Dutch perspective.

15 differences between your Dutch and American friends

15 differences between your Dutch and American friends

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What would your calorie-consuming Dutch friends think of your low-carb American friends?

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

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.

19 things Americans can learn from the Dutch

19 things Americans can learn from the Dutch

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Everyone could learn a thing or two from the unpretentious, tolerant Dutch culture and lifestyle.

Expat life with a double buggy: Home births – let pregnant woman decide

Expat life with a double buggy: Home births – let pregnant woman decide

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Where do you stand in the 'midwifes versus gynaecologists' debate?

Xenophobe's® Guides: Lessons from Dutch literature

Xenophobe's® Guides: Lessons from Dutch literature

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From Jip and Janneke to modern Dutch authors, Dutch literature brings foreign readers as close as they can be to the heart of 'gezelligheid'.

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

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Is true integration possible? Louise Dancet explains how different cultural habits can leave expats feeling offended, and how to overcome this.

Letters from the Loire: European Christmas traditions

Letters from the Loire: European Christmas traditions

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Teresa Dolan takes a look at the many varieties in Christmas food, flavours and traditions across Europe, and the increased multiculturalism of Christmas celebrations.

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