The Dutch: Interesting facts & figures

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.


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