The Dutch: Interesting facts & figures

Statistically, Dutch are among the tallest people in Europe.

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Photo by Flickr user s i b e r

Although it may seem a bit impolite, eye contact and critisism are to be expected when chatting with a Dutch.

The Netherlands has the highest number of part-time workers in the EU (four out of ten employees).

One out of three Dutch belongs to a sports club.

Almost all Dutch people can swim, skate and ride a bike.

The Dutch always consult their agenda and do not appreciate "surprise" visits.

They are the world's second biggest coffee drinkers.

The Dutch are not conversation-starters. However, they will respond immediately and rather eagerly when addressed.

Dutch citizens take their own bags to the supermarket to pack their groceries.

When you introduce yourself, always state both first and last name and shake hands with everyone in the room.

Dutch ladies have to get kissed three times (right-left-right) on the cheek. Expats may get by with shaking hands though.

The Dutch enjoy one of the longest average life spans in the world.

Congratulating your Dutch friend for his / her birthday is more than expected.

About 30% of all Dutch babies are born at home.

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Photo by Flickr user Meanest Indian

The Netherlands ranks second in global productivity potential

For the second year in a row, the Netherlands has managed to secure its position of second place in KPMG's Variables for Sustained Growth Index.

Air and water quality in the Netherlands: an EU concern

An EU report reveals a concern for the quality of air and water in the Netherlands. This is mainly due to traffic congestion in major cities.

The Netherlands and the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index

Transparency International has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index on the levels of corruption worldwide. See where the Netherlands ranks.

The Netherlands in the top 10: 2017 Inclusive Development Index

The Netherlands is in the top 10 of the 2017 World Economic Forum's International Development Index (IDI). Find out what areas of the country ranked high.

The Netherlands' population growth: Dutch cities soaring ahead

According to the CBS, the population of the Netherlands grew to 17,1 million in the first 11 months of 2016. The speed of this growth has hit a record.

The Netherlands deemed most connected country in the world

The Netherlands won first place in the 2016 DHL Global Connectedness Index. The study is based on an analysis of 140 countries.

The Netherlands to increase by 10 hectares

The Netherlands will see an increase in its land area by 2018 thanks to a treaty signed by both governments of the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Netherlands ranks lower in 2016 Global Wealth Report

The 2016 Allianz Global Wealth Report reveals the Netherlands has the ninth highest private wealth in the world at 80.180 euros per person.

New study reveals how tall Dutch grew compared to other countries

A new analysis of 100 years of data confirms Dutch men as the tallest in the world. Dutch women, however fall short of being the tallest for their gender.

Eight ways to recognise a Dutch tourist on your holiday

Leaving the Netherlands for your holidays? Find out how to recognise a Dutch tourist!


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