Stuff Dutch People Like

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Stuff Dutch People Like is a study of all things orange. It investigates and highlights the idiosyncrasies of the Dutch culture and their uncanny ability to talk on a mobile phone, while carrying 2.5 children, 6 bags of groceries, a television set, and a mattress balanced on a gear-less bicycle.

Stuff Dutch People Like exemplifies, questions, celebrates and pokes fun at a nation of orange-loving, guttural-sounding, element-battling, culturally-bemused folk. All in the name of fun.

How, you ask, am I qualified to make such statements?

Simple. If you were to visit a zoo everyday for a year and observe a cage full of monkeys, chances are, you would learn a lot about monkeys. Now try living in that monkey cage, with those monkeys for nearly seven years; you’ll get to know the monkeys pretty darn well. You start talking monkey-language, eating monkey-food, working monkey-jobs, and making monkey-jokes. You get the idea ;)

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  1. DLCS Management said:Posted on July 25th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    GR8 BLOG! Haha hier ook een ervaringsdeskundige

  2. crumbsandmorsels said:Posted on August 5th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    what about those tan coloured leather jackets? where do all the dutch women get those from…and tights, they sure do like their tights. No pants…don’t worry about it, got tights!

    • Vic said:Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 2:02 am

      The tights and knee high boots really are a must. Living in Utrecht and then Amsterdam for more than two years, like a true Dutch girl I grew accustomed to seldom buying/wearing pants!

  3. Marcella Simon Vander Eems said:Posted on August 9th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    You need to do a post about “beleg’ all those wonderful meats & spreads for making open face sandwiches. . .that you eat w. a knife & fork.
    i would like to know where the name filet Americaine comes from since we have no such thing here in the US.

    • Jeroen said:Posted on August 10th, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Haha Good one, Maarcella. Me as a dutchy love my open sandwiches, cut in four pieces each, covered with different kinds of spread. But about the Filet American, I think u better ask the French because I believe they made it up … Cheers!

      • Geraldine said:Posted on September 11th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        Well, I checked with the French. They had no idea what I was talking about… So I guess the Dutch made it up!

      • Carlos said:Posted on September 15th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        It’s made up by the Dutch. It was first served at the American Hotel in Amsterdam. Their restaurant was called “bar Americain”

  4. Paul Knoll said:Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I have a friend, a Dutch woman who is working in a hotel in the UK.
    She is sending regular stories about her work and the people she meets. I told her to make them into a booklet and sell it, for me being Dutch it is extremely funny (to say the least) to see how strange people behave sometimes in the UK….

  5. Gio said:Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    You should dedicate a post to the outfits of women in particular. Look 1: White pants, paardrijlaarzen, brown leather jackets. Look 2: short spijkerrokje with the black legging and the occasional UGG.

  6. Naila said:Posted on August 29th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    lol .. tnx for the laughs!
    .. and making me realise I‘ve integrated quite enough already ;p

    /cheers

  7. EH said:Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Yoru blog is hysterical! I am Dutch and have lived in the UK, The States and China for more than 10 years altogether and worked with people from many other cultures as I went along. I recognise so much of what you have written from what my friends and colleagues have told me they find remarkable about the Dutch. Your blog had me crying with laughter – very well perceived and so true. Uncanny. I look forward to the next entry already.

  8. Rogier Willems said:Posted on September 5th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Dont forget to write about New Years Eve.
    Also the terrible customer service (you have to pay to call them….).
    The return policy of stuff you bought.

  9. lis said:Posted on September 14th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    is the word “gezellig” explained anywhere on this site?

    • Henrietta said:Posted on November 17th, 2011 at 1:44 am

      that’s a question always raised and the best I can do to translate that word into English is that it means “hospitality”

      • Michke said:Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

        Hospitality is gastvrijheid, my dear. No, gezelligheid does not translate, and I’m OK with that. ;-)

      • Miss Footloose | Life in the Expat Lane said:Posted on February 24th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        No, it’s not hospitality. It has to do with the atmosphere and intimacy of a place and/or a gathering. You can say a house or a room is cozy (cosy) and that would translate “gezellig” pretty well, but you wouldn’t say “cozy” about a fun evening with your friends. In English you’d say it was fun, or you had a good time. In Dutch you’d say it was “gezellig,” so there really is not a good single English word to translate “gezellig.”

        Now I’d like to know how you’d say “Oh, get a life!” in Dutch. I always have to describe it rather than translate it. Oh, krijg een leven, doesn’t quite do it ;)

      • Luuk said:Posted on March 3rd, 2012 at 10:56 am

        “Oh, get a life!” is sometimes used by the youth as ”levenloos!”; meaning ”lifeless!”. It’s not the best translation, but it’s used more often than ”Oh, krijg een leven”.

        By the way, Jeremy Clarkson has an own translation of ”gezellig”, that’s pretty close.

  10. gjv said:Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Being dutch but already living in a foreign country for many years and married to someone of a different nationality, I recognise many things. Things you can add: besides hagelslag there’s the peanut butter of course (known elsewhere but not as good), de gekleurde muisjes (pink/blue, the ones on the beschuit-met-muisjes you get when children are born), the many cheese variations (kruidnagel, brandnetel, …), the “french” fries with mayonnaise, ketchup, pinda sauce, …(“patatje oorlog” , …).
    Foreigners seldom like the salmiak balls or “dropjes” (in particular the double-salted ones).
    A different one that surprises many foreigners is that there’s absolutely nothing to do in the evening in the smaller towns/villages; shops close at six or so, and then it is over; movie theaters are not necessarily open every evening, not all restaurants are always open and often pretty quiet, and so on. Dining out is only for special occasions, not unlike other countries where people dine out way more often.

  11. Joyce said:Posted on October 26th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I am Dutch and I LOVE YOU! Hahaha keep up the good work! Don’t know if you’ve ever done the ‘Nieuwjaarsduik’ in your seven years here, but it’s a must! I love it and every non-Dutch person I tell that we all run into the sea on January 1st when it’s freezing cold need 5 minutes to convince themselves I’m not kidding

    • vania said:Posted on November 25th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      oh I just saw its in news tv Noord, many brides running to sea!

  12. Patricia said:Posted on November 6th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I love stroopwafels, oliebollen, kroketten and many other dutch things!

  13. sonja said:Posted on November 8th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I haven’t read every entry yet, so you might have mentioned it already, but I always think it’s hilarious when all my Dutch tantes and uncles wish each other: “Congratulations on your husband’s birthday!’ or “Congratulations on your mother’s birthday!” They congratulate everyone close to the person who is actually having the birthday, even me sometimes when our kids have birthdays!

    Being a child of immigrants in Canada, I’ve grown up with oliebollen, kroketten, dropjes, King and Faam peppermints in church, and so many more things Dutch. Your site has made me and my husband laugh so much because it’s SO true! Even for the Dutch here in Canada, and our parents were all under 20 when they came here!

  14. thijs said:Posted on November 16th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Bollocks, post deleted. ;-(

    Ok, can’t be bothered to write it again. Just wanted to say:

    Brilliant. Keep it up. Don’t change your style.

    Matthijs
    Wellington, New Zealand

  15. trix said:Posted on November 19th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I noticed that dutch ppl like to use english swear words A LOT but don’t use them appropriately – examples: on television in The Voice of Holland “ja ik dacht gewoon fuck it” and I noticed it in a docu on NOS where a dutch woman was interviewing sophisticated Indian women about sex in their culture – the Indian woman shows her a book and there is a drawing of a man fornicating with a donkey, the dutch woman then says “…and there’s a man fucking a donkey” ( i was mortified…i am dutch..) dutch people use swear words waaaaaay too casually, they dont understand when its ok to use them and when its inappropriate…

    • Drumkruk said:Posted on November 28th, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Uhmpf… “we” are using the swearing words in the right way. In our language it is normal to use them in, like, every sentence. In English it isn’t. That’s where the problem is. It’s a culture difference, not about right of wrong.

  16. trix said:Posted on November 29th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    i get what ur saying.. however, they arent “our” words to use. We have taken english swear words and we dont understand the gravity of them, making our usage of them inappropriate.

    • Peter said:Posted on January 27th, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Ofcourse they are ‘our’ words to use. They are evryone’s words to use in any way anyone likes.
      English is spoken throughout the whole world and thus has an effect on the way people speak everywhere. It’s logical that it is used differently in different cultures. We have our own scale of gravity for them, people from other countries have theirs.
      That’s not to say you shouldn’t keep in mind how offensive some words are to people from different cultures when speaking to them.

      • trix said:Posted on January 29th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        dutch magazine heading on an article about rihanna: “nigga bitch” = english speaking ppl (mainly americans) were outraged and this was something that the dutch ppl who wrote it, didnt see coming and why? because they don’t understand the gravity of a language they dont understand. i dont think something like language gravity can vary so much just because different countries use it, its the fact that the ppl who use it dont understand it as well as someone who is a native english speaker- “our” as in native speaker and no, language is not used as ‘anyone likes’ that’s the whole point of language, is that it is understood, and by non native speakers not being aware of the proper and native speaker gravity, they are not using it correctly.

      • mafgirl said:Posted on August 27th, 2012 at 11:43 am

        I (Dutch-lived in UK for over 12 years) completely agree with Trix. Yes English swear words are used a lot in the Dutch language, but the Dutch do not realise the gravity of the meaning in the UK or other English speaking country. It makes me cringe when I hear a Dutch person visiting the UK (or on UK TV) use ‘shit’, ‘fuck’ and worse words copiously without thinking of what the locals may think of this. A little tact goes a long way :-)

      • ThreeEyedAlien said:Posted on April 25th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        Could not agree more! Many Dutch people have no clue whatsoever about the gravity of English swearwords. I am Dutch myself, but left the country 20 years ago, and lived in the US, UK, and now Canada. Also, many Dutch people in The Netherlands pride themselves in their command of English, but fact is that they are not accustomed to speaking English for more than 5 minutes. It tires them, and will rapidly switch back to Dutch, even in the company of people from abroad.

    • Henk-jan Schoonbeek said:Posted on March 26th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      In a way they are now our words to use. The Americans sold them to us together with all the Hollywood action films and Gangsta rap songs. That were Dutch (youngsters) picked them up and they will use them accordingly. In hte mean time they remain unaware of the way they are used most in the UK/US. My parents bought me a T-shirt with the F word used in a funny phrase. I have been told NOT to where it. My colleagues could not explain with arguments why not but it was considered not done.

  17. Anastasia said:Posted on December 1st, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Amazing blog!!!!I studied in this wonderful country and recognize everything written here,ahahah!Don’t forget about mentioning the Dutch with their passion for eating bread for breakfast, bread for dinner, bread at work, bread while studying and….keeping bread in the fridge;)))
    oh, what about packed bars on Friday night and their tradition of staying outside (!!!) the bar enjoying the evening??;))))
    But, anyway, they are great and friendly people who speak english as the native language!

  18. Sonja said:Posted on December 12th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    For the festive season , maybe a blog dedicated to the “gourmet” frying device and ritual for public holidays. I will never forget the disappointment of my first Christmas with my husband’s Dutch family. All those small packets of pre cut food…..

    • ursula said:Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      sonja. i think we should start getting together for all holidays, i am still getting over the disappointment of my first gourmet christmas :) on the other hand, have come to enjoy gourmet a lot as an eating/drinking activity with friends.

  19. bramiam said:Posted on December 13th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I was having a particularly bad day. Then of course I stumbled onto this blog and now I can’t wipe the grin off my face. Thank you for making me feel better and ‘gefeliciteerd’ with your astute cultural ethnography of us Dutch folk. Relativism schmelativism!

  20. rene said:Posted on December 21st, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Hilarious Blog! I mailed the url to both my sisters in law (one is originally Welsh but living in the USA for 40 years and one is Canadian). Both are married to prototype Dutch brothers, living abroad for ages (herring, pils, boerenkool etc.) and they find themselves still amazed when the varnish peels off and yet another weird Dutch habit peeps out.

  21. Paula said:Posted on January 22nd, 2012 at 1:07 am

    This site is hilarious. I cried of laughter. I am Dutch myself and just everything is true what is said here! Very, very funny written!!!

    • Diana said:Posted on August 27th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      I dont agree, I am dutch but lots of things are so assuming that it is dutch that it only can be written by people that mostly have been in the west of the netherlands or in amsterdam. So many foreign people think that Amsterdam is the Netherlands, while it is just a city that is situated in the west of the country, that has its own culture

  22. Joris Driepinter said:Posted on January 24th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I just can’t believe how freaking funny, hilarious, informative and instructive this blog is! Including the comments. Big kudos from this cheesehead. My foreign girlfriend really has to read this.

  23. Keur said:Posted on January 30th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Coming from a dutch girl who has lived in Hungary (and had to explain dutch culture to others): your blog is spot on! I made my friends in Hungary eat drop, explained them about the orange mania, and told them how i adore the queen and never forget birthdays :P The one thing i didn’t recognize was the curtain part, but maybe that’s just a matter of perspective :)

    Could you maybe also write something about dutch pride regarding sports or politics? I would love to see your point of view :P

  24. colocha said:Posted on February 7th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Just love it.. all so true. After living abroad for 2,5 years I still havent lost the Dutchness. Keep up the good work!

  25. Chocokaatje said:Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    How I love this blog! Keep writing, there is much more monkeyness to explore!!

  26. Michke said:Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Lovely this blog.
    I’m always very interested how my people are perceived by the foreigners visiting my country.
    By the way, have you noticed the cultural differences between, west ‘de hollanders’, south ‘de zeeuwen’ south-east ‘de limburgers’, east ‘de tukkers’ and north ‘de friezen en groningers’?
    No sure if I ever will go back to the netherlands, but the place will always be in my heart.

    • Trev L. Mountains said:Posted on February 12th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Nice to see that us Brabanders, aren’t part of the equation.

    • Diana said:Posted on August 27th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you for this comment.
      This blog is mainly about the dutch in the “holland” part. There also exist some more cultures in thist country, thank you for mentioning. Sometimes it looks like there is only a western dutch part and mostly that one is seen and visited by foreign people and they think that is the dutch identity, but that is only a part of it. Especially Amsterdam has a culture in itself and is actually a tiny country in the country

  27. Jolijn said:Posted on February 26th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    When is al this going to be published in a book? Or is there one already? Would love to give it to my neighbors who are leaving to Australia. As a reminder of their stay in Holland. :)

  28. Niels said:Posted on March 5th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I have read your weblog after I saw the article in the newspaper (AD). I am Dutch and my girlfriend is German, so I was curious and enjoyed reading your weblog.

    What about the fact that Dutch people make (hard)jokes about the worst things that happen in the world? For example: just a few hours after 9/11 the first jokes are born and are even told on the radio. Or jokes about prince Friso who is still in coma. No one knows if he will survive or die, but the jokes are everywhere already.
    I think this behavior is typical Dutch.

    Good luck with your weblog and I wish you all the best with it!!

    Regards,
    Niels

    • Pete said:Posted on August 8th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Niels, in the UK, where I’m living, some pretty much awful jokes about 9/11 have also been doing the round. England, after all, is the country where some landlords, in real life, thought nothing of advertising their properties with ‘No pets or Irishman please’ – historically not even that very long ago.

  29. Martin W. said:Posted on March 7th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Great collection!
    One more suggestion: Jokes about Belgians. You covered already the Jack Russell barks at Rottweiler issue under No. 23.
    Jokes about a Belgians are also around.

  30. Maria said:Posted on March 9th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Love this blog!!! How true, how funny!!

  31. Safie said:Posted on March 9th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I want too thank the AD for writing a article about this blog!
    This website is now one of my top faves! C:

  32. mamakimm said:Posted on March 22nd, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I Love your blog! Cause everything you write is soooo true. And, as a Dutch girl, it`s so funny to read that the things we consider “normal” are so strange for other people.Every post makes me smile :-)

    3 kisses on the cheek,

    Kimm

  33. Daniel Breslauer said:Posted on May 6th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Another Dutchman abroad here (previously Czech Republic, Israel, now the UK). I see you learned Dutch from the same “Groene Boek” my wife is now using (the “Twee halen, een betalen” is from there – you got it wrong by the way [direct, eh], just like my wife, she always says “een halen, twee betalen” which would be every shopkeeper’s dream).

    Everything you write is so incredibly correct, from picking noses (guilty) to being direct, not working, and all the rest… Your blog is worth more than a month of “inburgeringslessen” (integration lessons) for those who want to get Dutch citizenship.

  34. Sebastia(a)n said:Posted on May 16th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I have not been able to find it, but maybe I am looking with my nose (literal translation?). What about our perpetuous bicycle fetish? :)

    On a side note, I loved your blog!

  35. Simone said:Posted on August 27th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    -Can you write something about ‘de avondvierdaagse’. It’s a big tradition here, especially for children (ik heb een pooooootje met vét, al op de taaafel gezét! ;D) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbbOCXchGMM&feature=relate
    -Or about the fact Dutch people don’t like authority.

  36. Johan said:Posted on October 2nd, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    great blog…missing APPELMOES (Apple sauce) that you use with everything though and OLIEBOLLEN met suiker – a new year treat with icing sugar….. and what about how we go mad with VUURWERK (fireworks) around new year, no frugality there!
    Also…the complete SDPS list is misses some numbers….????
    Keep going!

  37. Lise said:Posted on October 3rd, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    please to tell when finished this blog will be bundled up and published in a book!!! absolute must have

    • Stuff Dutch People Like said:Posted on October 5th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Lise! The book is currently in progress – and we will let everyone know when the final product is ready! :)

  38. Ancher said:Posted on October 10th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    You sure as hell should make a post about the disability of dutch women to differentiate their ‘leggings’ from their pants. Or, actually, the problems dutch women seem to have with wearing those spandex/lycra pieces of shit in general :)
    (http://www.spitsnieuws.nl/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_image_node_slideshow/2706legging.jpg.crop_display.jpg) <– Enough said

    Love your blog. Makes me so not proud to be a dutchie, it is awkwardly funny, thanks!

  39. Kitty Zonneveld Falcone said:Posted on October 18th, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I was wondering why, nowhere on your blog, do you put your name. Or even whether you’re male or female. Why not let us know who you are and take pride in your writing?
    Just curious. As an American born in Holland, so much of what you say is spot-on! Really enjoy it, and forwarded it to several Dutch relatives.

  40. Joris (dutch) said:Posted on October 18th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Great Blog! Love the idea of a book!

  41. nedcro said:Posted on November 9th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    As a Dutch retired couple living in Croatia today, your blog is “fucking awesome” to read !
    Should you be out of inspiration, try to explain “de plaat poetsen”.
    Thanks a lot, and as a bonus a hilarious Amsterdam scene to add:
    One day friends of us were moving out of their apartment (drie hoog), including the piano.
    While the piano was hanging outside, a neighbor shouted “hee moppie, ga je verhuizen” the typical clever response came: “nee buurman, ik ben de piano aan het luchten”.
    Not one moment longing to go back to Holland, we truly love your observations, humor and creativity.
    Great country, but glad “dat we de plaat gepoetst hebben”.

  42. anna said:Posted on December 1st, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Girl, you’re hillarious! i’m sitting with my avondmelange tea on saturday night ’cause it’s snowing and the train systems is knocked out (shocker) and can’t stop laughing while reading it! better than bitterbollen with friends! THANK YOU and.. werk-se! btw.. which other nation greets you at 8am in the morning: work it!

  43. zbritalia said:Posted on December 4th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I live in NL and every new post I think ‘YES! THANK YOU, someone else sees it too!” What about the women who wear those awkward-length WHITE leggings with mini-skirts and close-toed shoes….many times far past the age where mini-skirts are appropriate (not that they aren’t generally in pretty good shape!). The nose-picking and the open-windows, though! Spot on.

  44. marijn said:Posted on December 5th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    “monkey-jokes”, are those jokes about monkeys, jokes monkeys make, or maybe jokes monkeys make about other monkeys? :P

  45. Henk Jan van der Muts said:Posted on January 3rd, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Gewoon gezellig en tóch voordelig!

  46. Niki said:Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Hiya! I just wanted to say that I’ve been reading your blog post for almost an hour and I can’t stop laughing! As I’m Dutch I feel ashamed yet very amused at the same time! Do you mind me writing a blog post about your website?

  47. lise said:Posted on January 18th, 2013 at 2:53 am

    loved reading your blog! and you almost nailed every topic! (ofcourse there are some things that are not completely true but your funny writing makes up for it!!!) and i’m so glad that you’re telling every weird quirky dutch thing in such a funny and positive way instead of being mean about it!

  48. Tom said:Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 4:48 am

    As a Dutchie living in the US I think you’re dead on right most of the time. It’s hilarious to realize the truth in what you point out… It;s a real eye opener for anyone Dutch!

  49. eva said:Posted on February 1st, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Hey, one subject you might consider developping: the close to no use of heaters in public places… great blog laughed a lot thanks for that

  50. F&P said:Posted on March 8th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I see a book coming! Absolutely love it. Good luck, X

  51. jan said:Posted on March 23rd, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Just discovered this nice website, I am impressed.
    I am Dutch myself, living in the Philippines.
    Keep the posts coming…..

  52. editvdborn said:Posted on April 8th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Super nice blog, also very funny for Dutch people to read. I do not really understand why people are so mean about each others cultures in the comments to several of your posts though.. People, please be entertained by our differences and be nice to each other.

  53. ThreeEyedAlien said:Posted on April 25th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Great and very funny blog! I am Dutch, but left the country 20 years ago, and have lived in the US, and the UK, and am now in Canada. A couple of suggestions for some really puzzling issues for the non-Dutch. Firstly, there is the bizarre attitude to the law in The Netherlands. The concept of “gedogen” is very schizophrenic. Dutch law may say that something is not allowed, but this law is never acted upon, and everybody does it anyway! Drives you mental! Also, Dutch politicians and government officials still in 2013 have an overly idealized idea of the honesty of people from abroad, staatssecretaris Teeven in particular. The idea that anyone applying for political asylum or any other type of public assistance may not be utterly truthful seems foreign to Teeven. When comparing immigration affairs between the USA and NL, the Dutch practices are exasperating. Individuals who have exhausted every possible avenue of obtaining political asylum in NL, can just remain in the country! Whereas in the USA you would be lifted from your bed and manhandled into an airplane, that does not happen in NL. In Holland, failed asylum seekers stage protest rallies, DEMANDING a residence permit! No words for this. Just try to immigrate into any other country! Dat is wel andere koek!

  54. colin said:Posted on May 22nd, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Thought at first your blog was called “Stuff the Dutch” . If you had lived in the ” monkey cage “( your words not mine) for more than 30 years as I have you wouldn’t have included the final word ” like” ! Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog.

  55. Pauline said:Posted on May 24th, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Great blog, and spot-on observations! I’m Dutch myself and it’s hilarious to read how an outsider notices and thinks about the many little quirks that we for a large part don’t even realize we have. I don’t believe we as a nation are particularly strange or quirky, as every nation has its little idosynchrasies and cultural habits that baffle foreigners. It’s so much fun to read though, keep it up! And a book is a great idea!

    Btw thanks so much for mentioning the swearing with diseases. I thought I was the only one who noticed that other countries/languages don’t seem to have that! I do wish “we” wouldn’t use the word cancer so much though, it’s being used to a ridiculous extend by the younger generations, even to spice up random conversation. It’s everywhere now, and t’s so offensive. Cholera, typhus, bubonic plague etc. are ok though, nobody dying from those anymore (thankfully). Or maybe I’m just used to those :-)

    No I really have to go and iron my white leggings whilst eating copious amounts of dropjes :-)

  56. sick said:Posted on July 30th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    hehe i laughed allot about what you typing here.. Greetings from the netherlands

  57. Noortje said:Posted on August 17th, 2013 at 1:08 am

    This blog is great for Dutchies aswell! Laughed my pants off. Really think you should do one on “the bitterbal”. We love those! No friday drinks without them (I really mis those when abroad…). Keep up the good work!! Doeiii ;-)

  58. john hendrix said:Posted on August 17th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    dude… funniest shit i have read in a long time!!! keep it up!

  59. Dutch as can be said:Posted on September 1st, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Funny blog, very ‘Amsterdam-oriented’ though, and thus not always accurate for all of The Netherlands.
    The only thing that really annoys me, is the referral to Dutch people as Dutchies, be it in the blog or the comments. A dutchie for me is a joint (Pass the dutchie on the left hand side…) and does not refer to me, a Dutch person.

  60. Remy said:Posted on September 4th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I love that the posts just keep on coming. Glad to see Dutch culture has many many particularities and can’t wait to find out more!

  61. Merel said:Posted on September 13th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Godverdomme. I’m not a patriot, I’m not proud of ‘double-duts’, the groente-vlees-aardappel (veggie-meat-tater) cuisine and I’m especially ashamed of the Volendam singers.
    Yet I can’t help but take the bait and fight you on all I’ve read so far.
    Nobody likes tulips anymore these days, they’re just another flower. It’s the rest of the world who seem to think it has anything to do with us.
    Stamppot is a signature dish, but only to be served a few times a year. And btw, that little sausage; the rookworst – it’s the f’cking best sausage there is, and is not to be dismissed as ‘a little sausage on the side.’

    So I guess I’ll have to admit this is a great blog and you’ve done a good job! ;)
    Of course one has to exagerate and make it a bit of a satire, and we’re an easy target, as we do have many a quirk.

  62. jesikaschilder said:Posted on October 7th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    This is the greatest blog ever!! I am a fellow Canadian who has been living here for 4 years and I don’t think I could have summed the Dutch up any better myself. Thanks!

  63. DJ said:Posted on October 10th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    (maybe i’ve already posted this comment, my pc doesn’t work very well) maybe Marihuana?? coffeeshops?

  64. Koen (yeah, Dutch) said:Posted on November 3rd, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Nice insights, thanks for the mirror ;). Some ideas for topics:
    -funky sounds in the dutch language, like ggggggg, au, ui, eu, and other diphthongs
    -bakfietsen and the ways dutch people use them to transport nearly everything
    -”Studying dutch” – really hard for many foreigners as many people will switch to english when you start speaking some kind of broken dutch. The fact that many dutchies (assume they) speak an adequate level of English doesn’t help to get “ingeburgerd”.
    -The amount of political parties, I once heard the expression “if more then 2 dutchies meet they will start an interest group/organization”, and the political landscape is far away from your typical two-party-system :).
    -the biblebelt (area from Tholen (Zeeland) – Gouda – Maartensdijk – Spakenburg), with the korfbal, SGP/CU political parties.
    -cabaret – I’ve seen my share of (stand up) comedians around the world, but the way Youp van ‘t Hek, Freek de Jonge, Birgitte Kaandorp, Harry Jekkers etc. make their shows is something I haven’t seen anywhere else. The “oudejaarsconference” is a part of this phenomenon. The toughy: it’s only in Dutch…

    Keep up the good work!

  65. Barbara said:Posted on December 7th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    So, how can i buy the book. Living in switserland?

  66. Matthew said:Posted on March 13th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Hi! We’re big fans of your website and book!

    My Dutch penpal and I have started this YouTube account as a platform for cross-cultural communication. In our first video, we talk about a few typical Dutch things/stereotypes.. and use your website in the video! (We also referred to stuffdutchpeoplelike in our video and in the description box)

    We’d love for you to check it out!

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