No. 1: Bicycles

You may have noticed more than a few wheeled contraptions whizzing by you in this town. In fact, it sometimes seems impossible to separate where the Dutch begin and their bicycles end. Rain (or rain or rain) or...

No. 31: Keeping it real

The Dutch like to keep it real. They are big fans of authenticity and take pride in the genuine. This behaviour is a close cousin to the infamous "do normaal" and is often used to justify their directness. S...

No. 38: Not working

Yes, you read the title correct. Dutch people like to not work. In fact, they like to not-work so much that they have actually become experts at it and are now the best in the European Union at doing so (not-wo...

No. 22: Hair gel

Dutch people are amongst the highest consumers of hair gel in the world. If you don't agree go stand in the middle of any busy Dutch street and start your counting. As the numbers start quickly adding up you wi...

No. 27: Picking their noses

Last week I was at a trade fair in Asia. Companies from literally every country in the world were present, showing their local products for export. A colleague and I were manning our stand and to pass the time ...

No. 20: Skating (on natural ice)

You may hear Dutch people grumbling about how cold it is, how the cold weather is slowing down trains, how flights are not taking off from Schiphol, how long it took them to get to work and how it makes for a f...
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Notable comments

I thought I'd kick off 2012 with a selection of some of the most notable comments from 2011. The blog certainly has its fair share of comments - some brought a grin to my face, others a frown, and some kept me ...
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Happy 2012

Stuff Dutch People Like wants to wish you all a very happy 2012! 2011 was a blast; after procrastinating for years, we finally started the SDPL blog and could not be happier with the wealth of enthusiastic f...

No. 23: Jokes about Germans

I had just arrived in the Netherlands and after my first day at work I was carted off to Amstelveen and dropped off at the local ABN-AMRO to open a Dutch bank account. A friendly Dutch banker welcomed me into h...

No. 10: Birthday congratulations

I’ve never been so confused in my life, as when I first attended the birthday party of a Dutch friend. I had lived in the Netherlands a little under a year, and it happened to be my first real Dutch social affa...

No. 6: Three kisses

You may well have noticed that Dutch people are a rather kissy bunch. Plop yourself down on any terrace in town and take in the sight of Dutch people all around you greeting & kissing & kissing & ki...

No. 41: Being tall

Isn’t it ironic, that the nickname for the Netherlands is the lowlands. Quite frankly, a more descriptive term would be the highlands or at least the high-people-lands. If you haven’t noticed, Dutch people are ...