Dutch Culture

Family

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The Dutch are encouraged to be independent and self-reliant as they grow up. The family remains fundamentally important to the individual throughout their life. The unique personal relationships that family members share and the support they receive from one another is considered the main form of value.

The average Dutch household consists of the nuclear family (mother, father and two children) with the extended family living separately. However, many different living situations and family forms are gaining acceptance in the Netherlands. It is now becoming common for couples to choose not to have children or for parents of children to decide not to get married and remain in de facto relationships. Furthermore, families incorporating LGBTQI+ marriages or same-sex couples with children demonstrate the Dutch tolerance towards a multiplicity of choices in family structure.

The traditional family hierarchy has also been largely challenged. Gender does not dictate a person’s role or duty in the family; women enjoy equal rights and the opportunity to choose their form of contribution to the household dynamic. In comparison to similar cultures, more Dutch women choose not to work full-time and prefer to be available to raise their children.
The Netherlands
  • Population
    17,016,967
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Dutch (official)
  • Religions
    No Religion (46.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (26.3%)
    Protestant Christianity (16.1%)
    Other Christianity (11%)
    Islam (4.8%)
    Other (1.2%)
    [2013 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Dutch (78.6%)
    Other European (5.8%)
    Turkish (2.4%)
    Indonesian (2.2%)
    Moroccan (2.2%)
    Surinamese (2.1%)
    Other (6.7%)
    [2014 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 38
    Individualism 80
    Masculinity 14
    Uncertainty Avoidance 53
    Long Term Orientation 67
    Indulgence 68
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  • Australians with Dutch Ancestry
    336,549 [2016 est.]
Dutch in Australia
  • Population
    70,172
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in the Netherlands.
  • Average Age
    64
  • Gender
    Male (50.9%)
    Female (49.1%%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (32.7%)
    No Religion (31.1%)
    Presbyterian and Reformed Christianity (9.2%)
    Other (21.5%)
  • Ancestry
    Dutch (89.3%)
    English (1.7%)
    German (1.6%)
    Other (5.7%)
  • Languages
    English (63.7%)
    Dutch (33.9%)
    German (0.3%)
    Other (1.2%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (95.5%)
    Not Well (2.2%)
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (28.4%)
    New South Wales (24%)
    Queensland (19.7%)
    Western Australia (13.1%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (87.2%)
    2001-2006 (4.5%)
    2007-2011 (5%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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