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Here is a "Pocket guide" to understand and learn about Dutch people and culture.

Get a head start in Dutch culture by learning about some common personality traits, social customs and cultural rituals unique to the Netherlands.

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typical day in a family

Did you know that Dutch children were ranked the happiest kids in the world in the Unicef's 2013 Child Well Being in rich countries survey? There are some reasons for that, like happy parents and be able to eat chocolate sprinkles with butter on their white bread for breakfast.

When it comes to daily routine, the customs and habits in a Dutch family do not differ too much from those in the surrounding countries. In general, economic activities take place between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the week from Monday till Friday. A school day generally ends at 3:00 p.m. Dinner is served sometime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The evening is spent on a combination of resting, sports and fulfilling obligations for school or work. 

The role of the computer (Internet) and television are quite important; the number of families with an Internet connection and the number of television sets per family are among the highest in the world. The Netherlands are asleep between 12 midnight and 7:00 a.m. 

During the weekends, the Dutch sleep longer than during the work week. Visiting friends or relatives, shopping, sporting, resting and spending time on hobbies are the common things to do.


cost of living


    McMeal  at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)
    7.00 €
    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
    4.00 €
    Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)
    3.50 €
    Cappuccino (regular)
    2.57 €
    Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)
    2.21 €
    Water (0.33 liter bottle)
    1.82 €

Milk (regular), (1 liter)
Loaf of fresh white bread (500g)
Eggs (12)
Beef round (1kg)
Water (1.5L bottle)
    One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
    2.90 €
    Monthly Pass (Regular Price)
    76.00 €
    Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)
    4.00 €
    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)
    2.10 €
    Gasoline (1 liter)
    1.53 €

      The information above was taken from the NUMBEO.


    Holidays in the Neterlands in 2016/2017

      5 December
    Sinterklaas (not an official public holiday)
     25 December
    Christmas Day
    26 December
    Boxing Day
     31 December
    New Year's Eve (not an official public holiday)
   01 January
    New Year's day
14 Abril
Good Friday (Public setor, banks, insurers)
16 Abril
Easter Sunday
17 Abril
Easter Monday
27 April
    King's Day
    4 May
    National Remebrance Day (not an official public holiday)
    5 May
   Liberation Day (official public holiday every 5 years, next in 2020)
    14 May
    Mother's Day
25 May
Ascension Day
    4 June
    Pentecost Sunday (Whitsunday)
    5 June
    Pentecost Monday
    18 June
    Father's Day
01 November
All Saints Day
    25 December
    Christmas Day
    26 December
    Boxing Day
    31 December
    New Year's Eve (not an official public holiday)New Year's Eve (not an official public holiday)


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