Dutch Culture

Do's and Don'ts

Do’s

  • Respect a Dutch person’s personal space. Many value their physical and personal privacy.
  • Engage in deep conversations with your Dutch counterpart if possible. People are generally open to converse about most topics. The Dutch enjoy discussing and rationally debating topics.
  • The Dutch enjoy a good joke, so feel free to use humour when appropriate and if you’re comfortable doing so.
  • In a shop or restaurant, people are expected to help themselves as much as possible before asking a service provider. Always show service providers the same level of respect you would show your friends. Many Dutch frown upon those who display a sense of superiority.


Do not’s

  • Avoid displaying intolerance towards ethnic minorities or alternative lifestyles. This will likely lead to disapproval from your Dutch counterpart as many have a strong sense of tolerance.
  • Do not ask a Dutch person how much they earn.
  • Try not to make pretentious or boastful comments that give the impression that you see yourself as superior to others. Your Dutch counterpart is unlikely to appreciate this.
  • Do not criticise the Dutch royal family without a strong justification. For many, the monarchy is considered to be the heart of the country.
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The Netherlands
  • Population
    17,016,967
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Dutch (official)
  • Religion
    No Religion (46.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (26.3%)
    Protestant Christianity (16.1%)
    Other Christianity (11%)
    Islam (4.8%)
    Other (1.2%)
    [2013 est.]
  • Ethnicity
    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
    38
    80
    14
    53
    67
    68
  • Australians with Dutch Ancestry
    336,549 [Census, 2016]
Dutch in Australia
  • Population
    70,172
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in the Netherlands.
  • Median Age
    67 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (50.5%)
    Female (49.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    No Religion (37.1%)
    Catholic Christianity (30.0%)
    Presbyterian and Reformed Christianity (7.9%)
    Uniting Church Christianity (4.0%)
    Anglican Christianity (4.0%)
    Other Religion (11.8%)
    Not Stated (4.9%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Dutch (85.7%)
    German (2.9%)
    Australian (2.2%)
    English (2.1%)
    Other Ancestry (7.1%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (65.4%)
    Dutch (31.8%)
    German (0.4%)
    Other Languages (1.4%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 97.3% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (28.2%)
    New South Wales (24.1%)
    Queensland (20.0%)
    Western Australia (13.0%)
    Other (14.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (87.6%)
    2007 - 2011 (4.4%)
    2012 - 2016 (4.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
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