The Netherlands for foreigners: Holland in 10 stereotypes

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The Netherlands for foreigners: Holland in 10 stereotypes

  1. 1. Step up to Saxion. Saxion University of Applied Sciences Welcome to the Netherlands! The Netherlands in 10 stereotypes Jacques Bazen Research center for urban & environmental studies
  2. 2. Step up to Saxion. The Netherlands, Holland or Dutch? Dutch is bad? 1.Dutch courage 2.Going Dutch 3.You’re right I’m a Dutchman 4.Double Dutch 5.Dutch comfort A piece of Dutch comfort: In Belgium things are more confusing
  3. 3. Step up to Saxion. The Netherlands • General information: • Area: 41850km2 (Rank #130) • Inhabitants: 16,7 million people (Rank #63, 0.24%) Density: 405 km2 (Rank #30, 405) • Capital city: Amsterdam • Government centre: Binnenhof The Hague • Constitutional Monarchy
  4. 4. Step up to Saxion. The Netherlands Every square meter of land is in use!
  5. 5. Step up to Saxion. Lowest point of Europe -6,76 m 0 m
  6. 6. Step up to Saxion. Highest point in The Netherlands Mount Scenery, 877 meter
  7. 7. Step up to Saxion. Highest point in The Netherlands Vaals mountain, 322 meter
  8. 8. Step up to Saxion. Schöne Grüße aus Holland!
  9. 9. Step up to Saxion. Stereotypes about Netherlands/Holland 1. Drugs/Coffeeshops 2. Thriftiness 3. Clogs 4. Tolerance/Liberalism 5. Tulips 6. Cheese (Gouda/Edam) 7. Bicycles (loads of them) 8. Below the sea level 9. Windmills 10.Amsterdam
  10. 10. How we would like to be seen abroad… From a tourism brochure
  11. 11. How we are seen abroad….
  12. 12. 2. Dutch generosity/thriftyness
  13. 13. 3. Wooden shoes
  14. 14. 3. Wooden shoes/football
  15. 15. 4. Tolerance/liberalism
  16. 16. 4. Tolerance/liberalism
  17. 17. 5. Tulips
  18. 18. 6. Cheese
  19. 19. 7. Bicycles
  20. 20. 7. Bicycles, loads of them
  21. 21. 8. Below the sea level
  22. 22. 9. Windmills
  23. 23. 9. Windmills/caravans
  24. 24. Amsterdam
  25. 25. Canals: Inspiration for St. Petersburg Tulip Crazyness, Narrow canal houses Amsterdam
  26. 26. Step up to Saxion. Monarchy: Royal family • Our king: • The head of the Dutch state • Willem Alexander Von Amsberg van Oranje- Nassau
  27. 27. Step up to Saxion. Monarchy: Royal family • Founder of the dynasty: William of Nassau-Dillenburg, prince of Orange: • Rebel leader who was the driving force behind the Dutch revolution. Murdered in 1584 • The National anthem is about him Dutch National anthem (Wilhelmus): William of Nassau, I am of German blood. I'm faithful to the fatherland until I die. I'm a prince of Orange, free and without fear I have always honoured the king of Spain (written by Philips von Marnix, lord of Saint Aldegonde and West Souburg, 1572)
  28. 28. Step up to Saxion. Independent trading nation The Netherlands is a country of entrepreneurs and traders. Out of necessity: besides a bit of agriculture (cheese production), there is no way to make money out of a swamp with no natural resources. (Still, we love our country)
  29. 29. Step up to Saxion. Government centre Den Haag Mark Rutte
  30. 30. Step up to Saxion.
  31. 31. Step up to Saxion. Port of Rotterdam Largest harbour in Europe
  32. 32. Step up to Saxion. Dutch food Dutch FastFood: “Food from the wall” (McDonalds is not fast enough)
  33. 33. • 1 Cookie rule (3 variants) • Open curtains and big windows in the houses • Money savers – heating off at night Typical Dutch: Does it exist?
  34. 34. The wonderful Dutch Language Achthonderdachtentachtig prachtige grachtenbruggen in Amsterdam
  35. 35. Thank you for your attention! Questions?

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