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How to flirt: a European guide

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.

Invading Holland: The Koningsdag Guide

Invading Holland: The Koningsdag Guide

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Englishman, cartoonist and blogger Stuart prepares you for Queen's Day – now King's Day – in the Netherlands.

Bitterballenbruid: The authentic Dutch food challenge

Bitterballenbruid: The authentic Dutch food challenge

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You haven't truly experienced the Netherlands until you've crossed off these top 22 Dutch foods – they're all (mostly) 'lekker'.

The Dutch Table: How to bake Frisian Thumbs

The Dutch Table: How to bake Frisian Thumbs

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The Dutch Table shares the recipe for a Frisian favourite – Fryske Dúmkes – to bring warmth during the cold Dutch winter.

Expat Life with a Double Buggy: The best reasons to raise kids in the Netherlands

Expat Life with a Double Buggy: The best reasons to raise kids in the Nethe...

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The Dutch may have a reputation for being 'too liberal' but reports prove they raise some of the world's happiest children. What's the secret to Dutch parenting?

Bitterballenbruid: The quirkiest Dutch celebrations

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There are certain idiosyncrasies, and social rules, at Dutch birthday and anniversary celebrations that take a little getting used.

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

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.

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.

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