Society & History

Immerse yourself in society in the Netherlands by learning about its rich history, its attitudes towards religion and diversity, and its most famous inventions.

Amsterdam crooked houses

Why does Amsterdam have so many crooked houses?

How safe are Amsterdam’s crooked houses? Take a look at the history behind Amsterdam’s narrow houses and theories on why they tilt today.

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Netherlands sports

Popular sports in the Netherlands

Get to know your Dutch neighbors in a whole new light by discovering these popular sports in the Netherlands.

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Dutch parenting and family life

From home births and benefits to finding the right school, here are all the ins and outs of Dutch parenting.

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Dutch government

The political system of the Netherlands

Who is Mark Rutte and where is the Tweede Kamer? Find out with our guide to the political system in the Netherlands.

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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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Koningsdag: a guide to King’s Day in the Netherlands

Got some orange in your wardrobe? You’ll fit right in with the Dutch when they celebrate the ever-lively Koningsdag.

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Netherlands religion

Religion in the Netherlands

Here is a guide to religious services and important celebrations in English in the Netherlands by town/city.

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Dutch newspapers

Where to get the news in the Netherlands

Keep up to date with all the latest local and international news with our guide to Dutch newspapers and news websites in the Netherlands.

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Dutch Christmas

Dutch Christmas traditions

Your ultimate guide to a jolly Dutch Christmas: here we explain Dutch Christmas traditions, Dutch Christmas songs, winter activities and all the Dutch Christmas food to try during Christmas in the Netherlands.

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Celebrating Sinterklaas in the Netherlands

Step into the world of Sinterklaas and uncover the magic that fills Dutch people’s hearts during the first days of December.

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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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Dutch inventions

Inventions you didn’t know were Dutch

You’ve probably used a Dutch invention in your life without realising it. Here are some of the best inventions to thank Dutch inventors for.

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Dutch people

A guide to Dutch people

Congratulations – you’re not afraid to give your opinion, nor offended when small children tell you off, and you’d never reject anything free. Those are just some of the more prevalent stereotypes of Dutch people.

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Movies about the Netherlands

The top 10 movies about the Netherlands

From epic war films to bittersweet comedies, we take a look at the best movies about the Netherlands which will make you laugh and cry.

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