Surveys find Dutch in Netherlands impolite
Internationals living in the Netherlands and Dutch expats living abroad say Dutch people are increasingly becoming more impolite.15 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - A survey conducted by Radio Netherlands Worldwide among 1,200 Dutch people living abroad shows that 55 percent of them find the Dutch to be impolite compared to other nationalities.
Sixty-five percent say that the Dutch people back home have become ruder since they left the Netherlands.
A similar survey conducted among expatriates living in the Netherlands was carried out by Expatica in collaboration with market research agency, NetPanel.
About 300 expatriates filled in a questionnaire – and 1 percent found the Dutch impolite compared to other nationalities. The longer the expatriates live in the Netherlands, the more rude they find the Dutch.
Fifty-one percent found it impolite when Dutch people answer them in English when they are trying to speak Dutch.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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