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					‘How about the Dutch?’



 Presentation for Nijmegen University,
            August 25, 2009

        by Jacob Vossestein

  cross-cultural trainer and author of
      Dealing with the Dutch (a.o.)
         www.jacobvossestein.nl
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    ‘How about the Dutch?’

Some themes today:
   Holland or the Netherlands?
   NL mentality and behaviour in general
   Basic backgrounds to explain this
   issues in contemporary Dutch society
   a bit on Nijmegen
   Dutch expectations on your behaviour
   Q & A (but can be done all the time!)

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Holland or the Netherlands?



      N & S Holland
                A
           H
            R            Nijmegen




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Europe’s six main cultural regions




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    The wider picture of
      Northwestern Europe:

   mostly Protestant Germanics

   task and business oriented

   content more important than appearance

   low hierarchy

   time is money  careful planning
   thoroughly urbanized
   workers protected, social benefits, high taxation
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    Dutch behaviour and mentality in general (1)



   pragmatic and functional
   direct in speech, critical approach
   cost conscious, business oriented
   active, on the move but also keen on ‘comfort
    zone’
   not very hierarchical; informal
   do it yourself, not much customer service
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    Dutch behaviour and mentality in general (2)



 bureaucratic and anarchistic
 self-assured, freedom loving

   nuclear family, partner-oriented
   kindhearted to those in need
   tolerant on other life styles
   but not politically correct on ethnic
    people, esp. Muslims
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Some backgrounds of Dutch culture:
self-made out of Swamps and Water




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Modern day water works:




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Some backgrounds of Dutch culture:
self-made out of Water




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Some backgrounds of Dutch culture:
international trade since 1500’s
                                     Cape Town, South Africa




                Brazil



                                    Jakarta, Indonesia


          New Amsterdam, New York


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    Some backgrounds of Dutch culture:
    independent federal republic since 1581
    (monarchy installed by Napoleon, 1806)




autocratic business class (regenten)
with House of Orange as Head of State
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Some backgrounds of Dutch culture:
the 1960s: youth rebellion




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Some backgrounds of Dutch culture:
1970s onward – diversity, prosperity, fun




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    A few facts on Nijmegen:


   Oldest city of the Netherlands:          founded 5 AD by
    Romans: Oppidum Batavorum, Noviomagus
   Important in Middle Ages: Numaga, Frankish
    empire, Charlemagne’s palace
 Fortified  up to 1867 limited geogr. growth
 Northernmost Catholic city of W. Europe,
    somewhat ‘Latin’ in lifestyle
   Catholic University founded 1923
        ‘left wing’ since 60s
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   Bombed in 1944,         800 victims, old centre destroyed
Don’t only stay in town!




    Betuwe
                       Hills, forest
river landscape




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 Your preferred behaviour…

There are few taboos in Holland, but…
 Don’t make too much noise (houses are
    small and built close together)
 Be punctual with ‘afspraken’
 Be clear in what you want, speak up
 Don’t be too polite
   Don’t only say hello? on the phone

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 Some practicalities:


 Riding a bike, and keeping it!
 Riding public transport (OV):
  strippenkaart (  )

 ‘the Dutch treat’
 drugs and how to avoid them

   Anything else you want to know?
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   How to survive Holland…


                     Good Luck
                       in your
                    Dutch Studies!

                         Jacob Vossestein
                                     @ Jacob Vossestein Trainingen
ISBN 90 6832 5655

				
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