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Old 21st June 2006, 13:47   #1
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What's your opinion on the Dutch? (help me out with my assignment!)

G'afternoon people; I was hoping you could all help me out a bit!

I'm supposed to write an article and chose "How foreigners think about the Dutch" ( / "How Dutch people difer from other cultures).

I would like your sincere thoughts on the Netherlands. Below are some examples to get you on the way. You can write as little or much as you want too, if you don't care about answering the question a simple line will do


Here are some subjects, of course you can just talk about other things, these are just examples:
> Which things in the Netherlands / about Dutch people, are weird to you

> Which things are better or worse taken care of (think about polictics, health care, taxes, education)
> Which things should we improve?

> People; how are they? Grumpy, wealthy, fat, cheapskates, ugly, nice, social?
> And the women?

> Your thoughts on our drugpolicy? (Alcohol and cigarettes when 16+, weed and strong booze when 18+)

> Any thoughts on our English-spoken music?
> And the Dutch ones?

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Old 21st June 2006, 18:01   #2
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This could be interesting...
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Old 21st June 2006, 20:31   #3
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Your country has about three bajillion names, your people wear clogs. You are also stereotyped to be the home of windmills, and sometimes even sausage. Your drug policies lead to the belief that your national anthem is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

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Old 21st June 2006, 21:52   #4
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I always get you and denmark confused, probably that three bajillion names issue
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Old 21st June 2006, 21:53   #5
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I always think you're in Scandanavia. And you7 seem to really hate the Germans, even more than us Brits.




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Old 21st June 2006, 21:59   #6
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probably because the germans totally stomped them in ww2?
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Old 21st June 2006, 22:12   #7
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Netherlands/Holland/Dutch/Bajillion other names you have kick ass. You have those lil waffle things with chocolate spread on top of them and they taste real nice.
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Old 21st June 2006, 22:41   #8
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Waffles with chocolate spread on top? I guess that's a Belgian thing?
(and no, Belgium is not another name for the Netherlands)

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Old 21st June 2006, 22:47   #9
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An ancient reputation for religious intolerance that you currently are trying too hard to shed, to wit: a perceived willingness to be the bitch of any imam who cares to show up on your doorstep and preach jihad. The death of Pim Fortuyn, Theo van Gogh, and the exile of Ayaan Hirsi Ali further strongly reinforce this perception.

There's the whole wooden shoes, tulips, tasty cheeses thing, and the drug thing is real big with a couple of subsets of society, but not necessarily in a good way.

By and large, you are perceived as being very close to losing your country. We are more than a little curious to see what you are going to do about it.




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btw, almost forgot! I LOVE Golden Earring. Within Temptation... are they Dutch? They're bitchin' as well.

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Old 22nd June 2006, 00:09   #10
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In my opinion:

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Old 22nd June 2006, 00:49   #11
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Dutch were the original african slave traders.
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Old 22nd June 2006, 02:39   #12
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Damned Dutchmen, hate them all.
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Old 22nd June 2006, 06:25   #13
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Old 22nd June 2006, 06:40   #14
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J. Clarkson (from top gear) has an opinion about the dutch in one of his episodes. It's the episode he races to Oslo / Gothenburg with a nice mercedes, and his friends take the ferry.
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Old 22nd June 2006, 09:43   #15
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Thanks people, got some excellent quotes

oldandquitemad; religion is indeed quite the subject in our little country and you're actually quite accurate with that quote.

Within Temptation? I dunno yea could be ours, to be honest I don't listen to any Dutch music besides ehm.. 1 rap dude

the waffle thing yea I think that's our friendly neighbour to the south Belgium

Naamloos: you wouldn't happen to know the quote?


I could answers questions about the Dutch/Netherlands if you have any btw
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Old 22nd June 2006, 12:39   #16
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Maybe they were Belgian immigrants then or something. It was cool because we just came out of Anne Frank's house and then walked along the canal and stopped in a little cafe and had those waffles. Then we went to this torture museum which was good but rather small.
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what kind of evil assignment requires you to rate a different nation? :P

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Old 22nd June 2006, 17:57   #18
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Damned Dutchmen, hate them all.

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Old 22nd June 2006, 21:50   #19
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By and large, you are perceived as being very close to losing your country. We are more than a little curious to see what you are going to do about it.
so am I
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btw, almost forgot! I LOVE Golden Earring. Within Temptation... are they Dutch?
yes, they are.

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Old 25th June 2006, 14:29   #20
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hey guys, here are the quotes I used in my article

“I can honestly say I am one of those people that when you say 'Dutch' I get images of tulips and windmills.”

“I think of it as a flat land with windmills that is practically underwater. They all wear clogs and smoke pot and laugh at pedophilic political parties.”

“The Internet tends to get quite a good impression of the Dutch because the only Dutch people you meet on the internet tend to speak very good English and are nice about everything. I don't know any not-nice Dutch people who have bad English and bad hygiene but there probably are a few.”

“Your country has about three bajillion names, your people wear clogs (klompen). You are also stereotyped to be the home of windmills, and sometimes even sausage. Your drug policies lead to the belief that your national anthem is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Muchos thanks to all!
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Old 27th June 2006, 07:39   #21
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so am I yes, they are. [/B]
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