Cultural Integration

Ease your way into the Dutch way of life with practical insights on cultural integration, customs, and social etiquette and nuances in the Netherlands.

Dutch abbreviation

Dutch abbreviations explained

Learning to cope with a new language can sometimes be like trying to negotiate your way through a maze. The Dutch love of abbreviations can make things worse. Pep Mac Ruairi offers a road map.

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Netherlands quality of life

The quality of life in the Netherlands

Research shows that sustained happiness results from a high perceived level of stability and democracy. Micheala Smith looks further at the issue, with focus on expats’ happiness in Holland.

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Dutch toilet

Everything you never wanted to know about Dutch toilets

Expat blogger Tiffany Jarman Jansen exposes the weird world of Dutch toilets, from the pay-to-pee phenomenon to the good (or bad) inspection shelf.

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Netherlands winter

Surviving the winter in the Netherlands

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

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Dutch etiquette

Dutch culture and social etiquette

Familiarize yourself with Dutch social etiquette so you can understand the local culture and assimilate into life in the Netherlands.

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First week in the Netherlands

10 things to do during your first week in the Netherlands

From finding a home and registering as a resident to sorting insurance and more, here are 10 things to do when you arrive in the Netherlands.

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Expat Netherlands

Expat life in the Netherlands: 10 questions answered

Thinking about moving to the land of stroopwafels, King’s Day, and bicycles? Find out what it’s like to be an expat in the Netherlands.

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Circle party

The Dutch circle party guide

Each country has its own peculiarities when it comes to socializing, but the Dutch circle party can be especially bizarre for a newcomer.

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