Dutch Culture

Naming

  • The Dutch use similar naming conventions to Anglo-Australians (e.g. Adrian SMIT).
  • Many Dutch children are named after their grandparents – usually, the paternal grandfather's name and maternal grandmother's name are used first.
  • People may have several names. The first name is usually used for daily use, sometimes in a diminutive form (e.g. Vince for Vincent).
  • Many Dutch surnames begin with a ‘tussenvoegsel’, which is a prefix such as ‘van’ (“of/from”), ‘de/het’ (“the”) and ‘der’ (“of the”) (e.g. Vincent van GOGH).
  • In the Netherlands, these prefixes are not capitalised when used in combination with the first name.
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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
    38
    80
    14
    53
    67
    68
  • Australians with Dutch Ancestry
    336,549 [2016 census]
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%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (63.7%)
    Dutch (33.9%)
    German (0.3%)
    Other (1.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.5% speak English fluently.
  • 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%)
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