• Friday , 23 June 2017

The Dutch Stereotypes

The first three points what eveybody thinks about Holland are: Drugs, Prostitutes and Sin.  In a second thought we can list:  Tulips, bikes and blondes.

About the Prostitutes… If you walk by the canals of Amsterdam, there’s a district (Red Light District) that the red lights shimmer and shine in your face, with all kinds of ladies posing behind the windows. It’s legal in the Netherlands.

About the Tulips. They are very beautiful!

The stunning tulip fields that look like they have been created with a giant pack of crayons... and they're a tourist attraction too

The stunning tulip fields that look like they have been created with a giant pack of crayons… and they’re a tourist attraction too

So here it goes some of the dutch stereotypes:

1. The Dutch are stoned all the time

This might be the most common stereotype about Dutch people, or at least something they are infamous for. However, the fact that soft drugs are more or less legalized in the Netherlands actually contributes to the lower numbers of addicts and users compared to the high percentage, almost twice as high, of soft drug users in the USA.

The Dutch are stoned all the time

The Dutch are stoned all the time

2. All Dutch are tall, have blond hair and blue eyes

This stereotype is indeed true only if you consider the people who are ethnically Dutch. Dutch people are the tallest people in the world with 1.84m on average for men and 1.70 for women. Dying your hair blond and putting on blue contact lenses won’t make you feel any special in the Netherlands. However, with the arrival of immigrants from all over the world, this once-a-fact can be just another stereotype.

All Dutch are tall, have blond hair and blue eyes

All Dutch are tall, have blond hair and blue eyes

3. At least half the population is gay

Most Dutch are very tolerant towards the gay community. Amsterdam is the unofficial Europe’s gay capital. The Netherlands was also the first country in the world to allow gay marriage in 2001. This has made it easier for gays to come out of the closet and for society to open toward them. But this doesn’t mean that most of the population is gay and that in 100 years there won’t be any heterosexual children.

At least half the population is gay

At least half the population is gay

4. The Dutch are greedy

There must be a reason why splitting the bill is called ‘Going Dutch’. It’s true that many Dutch keep a tight watch over their money. Men are unlikely to pay for their dates. (Ladies, take a clue. If you like to be dined and wined while in Amsterdam, going Dutch is not going to be a solution.) I am no sociologist, but perhaps this explains why there are not many beggars on the streets in Amsterdam compared to other mega cities in Europe. You will find street artists in other European tourist destinations complain about greedy Dutch who won’t spare changes for their acts.

But as a collective whole, Netherlands is a very generous country with a high percentage of their GDP going to development aid, 0.82%, above the UN target of 0.7 and lower than only their richer neighbor from Luxembourg, Sweden and the oil-loaded Norway.

The Dutch are greedy

The Dutch are greedy

5. The Dutch wear wooden shoes

Yeah only if they come with Oilily. They are quite popular with little kids and people in rural areas. We make them so you tourists can buy them. If you think we’re still wearing them, fine as long as you buy a lot of them.

The Dutch wear wooden shoes

The Dutch wear wooden shoes

6. All Dutch speak English

Dutch study English from an early age in a good education system and this combined with the similarities between the two languages ensures that you never have to bring a language guide to the Netherlands. You can ask for pretty much anything in Netherlands. Waitresses on the tourist squares are more likely to approach you in English than in Dutch and even if you try to speak Dutch, the Dutch will almost always switch to English in order to make it easier for you (or to brag their language skills).

All Dutch speak English

All Dutch speak English

7. Every Dutch shed keeps at least a dozen bicycles

There are more bicycles than people in the Netherlands. For short distances people prefer biking over driving and waking.. Dutch also take pride in decorating their bikes. Every morning thousands of Dutch school kids will take their bikes an ride a distances up to 20km to get to school. Every season, rain or shine, summer or winter Dutch are seen on their bikes. There is probably nowhere else you will see many women in elegant dresses or skirts pedalling on their bikes

Every Dutch shed keeps at least a dozen bicycles

Every Dutch shed keeps at least a dozen bicycles

 

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