Interesting facts & figures about the Dutch and the Netherlands.
› Statistically, Dutch are among the tallest people in Europe.
› The Dutch always consult their agenda and do not appreciate “surprise” visits.
› They are the world’s second biggest coffee drinkers.
› The Dutch are not conversation-starters. However, they will respond immediately and rather eagerly when addressed.
› Dutch citizens take their own bags to the supermarket to pack their groceries.
› When you introduce yourself, always state both first and last name and shake hands with everyone in the room.
› Dutch ladies have to get kissed three times (right-left-right) on the cheek. Expats may get by with shaking hands though.
› The Dutch enjoy one of the longest average life spans in the world.
› Congratulating your Dutch friend for his / her birthday is more than expected.
› About 30% of all Dutch babies are born at home.
› Although it may seem a bit impolite, eye contact and critisism are to be expected when chatting with a Dutch.
› The Netherlands has the highest number of part-time workers in the EU (four out of ten employees).
› One out of three Dutch belongs to a sports club.
› Almost all Dutch people can swim, skate and ride a bike.