The Netherlands is a striking place to visit offering a flat landscape full of canals, colorful tulip beds and more bicycles than people. Situated in the northwestern part of Europe, this country has a lot to offer beyond its notorius Dutch Apple pies, clogs, windmills, liberal views and dollhouse -like houses. Visitors should get accustomed to riding down tiny, cobblestone roads passing by a mass amount of museums, sex shops and the largest flower garden in the world. With over 1,281 bridges and counting, put on your walking shoes to stroll through Amsterdam, the capital city and heartbeat of The Netherlands which has something to offer for everyone.
Dutch, West Frisian, English, Papiamento
Important dates in the Netherlands
- January 1st: New Year’s Day.
- March/April: Easter Sunday/Monday
- April 27: King’s Bday
- May 25: Ascension Day
- June 4 + June 5: White Sunday / Monday
- December 6: St. Nicholas’ Day
- December 25: Christmas Day
- December 26: Second Day of Christmas
- Dutch people are, on average, the tallest in the world
- A very flat country, more than a quater of the Netherlands is below sea-level
Good to know
As a visitor, you will require a short stay visa or “Schengen” visa. The Schengen visa is the standard visa that is valid for all the 26 countries in the Schengen EU area, including The Netherlands. This short stay visa is issued for 90 days within a 180 day period from the date of first entry to the Schengen Area. The visa is issued for single entry or multiple entries.
Please check the official Schengen websites for more up to date information – https://www.schengenvisa.cc
Culture and Etiquette in Morocco
There is an even, balanced pace of movement and communication amongst people living in The Netherlands. A striking number of residents actually enjoy learning other languages with 90 percent conversing in English, 70 percent in German, and nearly 30 percent in French. Because there is no major language barrier, it makes life easier for tourists to visit with a less drastic culture shock.
In the Netherlands, shaking hands is very important. It is the most common form of greeting however very close friends may greet eachother by kissing near the cheek three times, starting with the left cheek.
The Netherlands has one of the lowest death rates caused by road traffic in the world. The Dutch driving test is one of the toughest in the world and there is a mandated minimum number of hours driving with a licensed instructor. Most residents actually list a bicycle as their main method of transportation. Equal rights Adopting a very liberal mindset is the name of the game in The Netherlands. Men and women are equal, which means that women enjoy the same privileges as men.
Going dutch is a common phrase one may hear when visiting a local restaurant establishment. This phrase means that the bill will be split equally amongst the patrons. When enjoying lunch or dinner with your mates, especially if its at the home of a local, always wait until everyone is sat down to eat your meal. Table manners are important to the Dutch therefore it may be frowned upon if guests act un-polite at the dinner table.