More about the Netherlands

    The Netherlands in a nutshell

    "Groot geworden door klein te blijven"

    This is a Dutch saying which translates to "Become big by staying small’. Although the Netherlands is small in size, it has a rich cultural tradition and is today one of the world’s most prosperous countries.

    For decades, the country’s historical ties with other parts of the world has brought foreigners to settle in the Netherlands, bringing some of their own ideas and cultures. This makes the Dutch generally open-minded and tolerant. The Netherlands is now home to over 190 different nationalities.

    Dutch Culture

    The Dutch population has always represented a variety of religious and political viewpoints. Respect for other people's opinions and convictions is the national virtue that gives strength to the fabric of society, with its many strands. In one sense, everyone is a member of some minority and understands that to be treated with respect requires treating others the same way.


    There are more bicycles than residents in the Netherlands. Many journeys across the Netherlands are made by bike. While of course there are other ways of travelling, such as train, tram and metro, investing in a bike will allow you to get to know the surroundings and save you some money! With bicycle lanes on almost every road, cycling could not be easier.


    Although Dutch is the national language, most people also speak English and often another foreign language, such as German or French. It is possible to survive without any Dutch language skills. However, picking up a few words and phrases is always a bonus.


    The Netherlands is a safe country by international standards. There is a relatively low level of violence and street crime. The police are friendly and helpful; they have a duty to protect everyone and you can always feel confident approaching them for help.