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Moving to The Netherlands, Tell Me What to Expect!

 
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if your from the US, they hate you and love your money at the same time.lol
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Have you been there?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Haha that's not true don't believe him.

If you go to Rotterdam you'll think you've ended up in a country that has all nationalities.
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Interesting. Tell me this. Amsterdam seems like the party city, Rotterdam the same w/o the drugs/prostitutes and The Hague as the snobs? Is that a correct impression?
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You can party anywhere you want, doesn't matter wich city you are in. The same for drugs. Not every big city has a red light district.
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Expect a place that is culturally and morally a shit hole.

Expect a lot of faggots and liberals.

Expect high taxes and high prices.
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I guess you don't like The Netherlands? And just exactly what is that judgement based on...the news headlines, LOL!
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I dont hate them I think they lack honor in the way their government help stonewall the Natalee Holloway case.
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Oh. I didn't follow that story all that much but wasn't he related to the royals or something?
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Seems American lives are of no value to these people. Beware American traveler!
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You will have a culture shock. Much less fear in daily society and much less government trying to hammer you down with causes for fear.
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Have you been there?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Haha that's not true don't believe him.

If you go to Rotterdam you'll think you've ended up in a country that has all nationalities.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1138051




Interesting. Tell me this. Amsterdam seems like the party city, Rotterdam the same w/o the drugs/prostitutes and The Hague as the snobs? Is that a correct impression?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


You can party anywhere you want, doesn't matter wich city you are in. The same for drugs. Not every big city has a red light district.
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Yeah, I guess Amsterdam is just the main tourist attraction.
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Expect a place that is culturally and morally a shit hole.

Expect a lot of faggots and liberals.

Expect high taxes and high prices.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16999669


No, the U.S. is a cultural shithole. The Netherlands isn't perfect but I like it much better than most parts of the U.S. You say "faggots and liberals" like it's a bad thing?
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I dont hate them I think they lack honor in the way their government help stonewall the Natalee Holloway case.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320





Oh. I didn't follow that story all that much but wasn't he related to the royals or something?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Seems American lives are of no value to these people. Beware American traveler!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320


You will have a culture shock. Much less fear in daily society and much less government trying to hammer you down with causes for fear.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4542677




This is exactly part of what I'm so attracted to. I know some of the Dutch have complained about their laws and such, but I don't think anyplace is as bad as America. Thanks for sharing.
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08/17/2012 05:51 PM
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flood hidingtomato
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Heh! I was just on an earthquake thread, LOL! How are you today?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Fine, thank you.
unfortunately some people got tricked into believing it is quite safe to live under sea level
not that i am 100s of meters above it, but below sealevel would bother me

Hope you find a exellent place
younger generations are familiar with english so it will be no trouble getting around, very open minded
very cosy people too, those dutch
best regards
 Quoting: Dirt Diver


I thought you as a belgian would've known that the dutch conquered the sea years and years ago.

-> [link to www.youtube.com]
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Expect a place that is culturally and morally a shit hole.

Expect a lot of faggots and liberals.

Expect high taxes and high prices.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16999669


Coming from a culture only spanning 200 years? Moral high ground with a track record of starting most wars in last century? We consider a liberal a badge of honor, tard!

Taxes and high prices...gotta point there.
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I dont hate them I think they lack honor in the way their government help stonewall the Natalee Holloway case.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320





Oh. I didn't follow that story all that much but wasn't he related to the royals or something?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Seems American lives are of no value to these people. Beware American traveler!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320


You will have a culture shock. Much less fear in daily society and much less government trying to hammer you down with causes for fear.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4542677


Agreed, I didn't realize how paranoid American society is until I left for a while. I love travelling overseas but I hate coming back home again.
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Expect a place that is culturally and morally a shit hole.

Expect a lot of faggots and liberals.

Expect high taxes and high prices.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16999669


No, the U.S. is a cultural shithole. The Netherlands isn't perfect but I like it much better than most parts of the U.S. You say "faggots and liberals" like it's a bad thing?
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Amen!



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Oh. I didn't follow that story all that much but wasn't he related to the royals or something?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Seems American lives are of no value to these people. Beware American traveler!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320


You will have a culture shock. Much less fear in daily society and much less government trying to hammer you down with causes for fear.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4542677


Agreed, I didn't realize how paranoid American society is until I left for a while. I love travelling overseas but I hate coming back home again.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17152779





Exactly. I've lived in Canada and it was a breath of fresh air. I read about a person that had culture shock when she returned to the US.
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I'll be back in about 30 minutes.


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08/17/2012 05:58 PM
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They have free healthcare. I was there as a tourist about 20 years ago and my friend needed to go to the emergency room. We were worried about how we would pay but it didn't even cost a dollar. The doctors were surprised that we were surprised at FREE healthcare.

The people there are pretty nice, slightly mercenary, and don't have a lot of respect for what they perceive as the violence of Americans. They can't understand our gun rights, the high crime rate, and all the wars we are "involved" in.

They are very efficient and clean. Many of them wash and scrub (with a scrub brush) the sidewalk in front of their house DAILY. The Dutch language sounds like English with a very heavy German accent, it's kind of cool to listen to it. The food is not very creative, lots of potatoes and cheese, kind of like Switzerland.

I enjoyed my time there.
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20 years ago? A lot has changed since then.

Health care is not free. A health care insurance is compulsory now.
Ral

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08/17/2012 06:01 PM
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I'll be moving to The Netherlands soon. I just need to find a room to rent somewhere.

What can I expect? Culture shock? Immigrant prejudices?



Where do GLP'er's hang out over there? LOL! lmao
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


You cannot stay for longer than 3 months without a permit. And if you plan to work over here: have you applied for a work permit (as a non-EU citizen you need that) or a student permit?
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08/17/2012 06:02 PM

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Lots of Atheists
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the majority of the country is very strict, uptight religious ("reformed").
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Only in the Bible Belt.

At the latest count 16.6% of the population is protestant, 48.4% is "no religion".
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Ral

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08/17/2012 06:05 PM
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Netherlands immigration laws require citizens to pass a difficult test demonstrating Dutch language fluency and cultural knowledge
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Yes. I'm a little nervous about the language part. But, my understanding it's basic things and not actually a command of the language.

As for this thread, I'm trying to learn all I can about their culture.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


The test also,covers societal topics. Study hard, because the test asks questions we don't even know the answer to.
Ral

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08/17/2012 06:07 PM
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Yes you can ride a bike and everything is flat and crowde with people, not only around the big cities.
And almost everybody speaks English, so that's nice for a starters..
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I have noticed that a lot of the Dutch speak English. That will make it nice for me. But, I plan to learn the language as best I can too.

I didn't realize outside of the cities is crowded. That kinda sucks!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Move to the north or east. That is not crowded at all.
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08/17/2012 06:08 PM
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Faggots, irresponsible commielibfucks and drug addicts, all.
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08/17/2012 06:12 PM

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it's very easy to live in the netherlands. i got used to the coffee shops pretty easily, and dutch is super easy to learn. riding your bike everywhere is nice, too..
 Quoting: chula homa


Many places will have someone that speaks english... So you won't have a difficult transition with the language.. you can learn Dutch while still using english.

I find my Dutch cousins know how to party! They are on this earth for a good time... and they have a good time.

At the beach you will see "wind screens" set up that people will set up, to sit out of the wind on the North Sea. (don't see them here in Canada, I don't know if you use them in the states or not.. but they are sure handy)

Fresh food and flowers sold everywhere... and the croquets and lumpias are great ... often sold at stalls, like chip stands here. mmm mmm good! and not expensive. Coffee on the other hand is very expensive.. good, but expensive, often served with a small cookie.

Oh how I wish I was going to Holland too. You will love it there, I'm sure.
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08/17/2012 06:14 PM
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Expect a place that is culturally and morally a shit hole.

Expect a lot of faggots and liberals.

Expect high taxes and high prices.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16999669


Coming from a culture only spanning 200 years? Moral high ground with a track record of starting most wars in last century? We consider a liberal a badge of honor, tard!

Taxes and high prices...gotta point there.
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And that's why your country sucks and always will suck.
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08/17/2012 06:18 PM
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Netherland verry good choice. One of the most civilated EU country
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08/17/2012 06:22 PM
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"suck 'n' fuck"
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08/17/2012 06:22 PM
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Oh! When you eat in Netherlands, you must put your hands ON the table while eating. If you put your left hand in your lap like we do here, it's considered very rude..
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Incorrect. Keep one hand in you lap. But more important: use you knife too! Don't cut your food with a fork!
Ral

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08/17/2012 06:24 PM
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My favorite part is the crosswalks turn the light red almost instantly for half the road, and the other half stays green. When you get in the middle you click another button and in changes the other side to red and the one behind you to green, also almost instantaneously.

Ohh, ya and the white widow.
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No it must have been a misprogrammed light.
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08/17/2012 06:25 PM

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it's very easy to live in the netherlands. i got used to the coffee shops pretty easily, and dutch is super easy to learn. riding your bike everywhere is nice, too..
 Quoting: chula homa


Many places will have someone that speaks english... So you won't have a difficult transition with the language.. you can learn Dutch while still using english.

I find my Dutch cousins know how to party! They are on this earth for a good time... and they have a good time.

At the beach you will see "wind screens" set up that people will set up, to sit out of the wind on the North Sea. (don't see them here in Canada, I don't know if you use them in the states or not.. but they are sure handy)

Fresh food and flowers sold everywhere... and the croquets and lumpias are great ... often sold at stalls, like chip stands here. mmm mmm good! and not expensive. Coffee on the other hand is very expensive.. good, but expensive, often served with a small cookie.

Oh how I wish I was going to Holland too. You will love it there, I'm sure.
 Quoting: my2centsworth


I forgot to mention, public bathrooms are few and far between... when you find one, be prepared to pay for the use of the facilities.. I found restaurants, would, if pressed, let you use their facilities, but again, you would be expected to pay. That took some getting used to. There is an attendant in many public bathrooms, who is there to clean and make sure people don't abuse the place, and ensure people pay. Consiquently the bathrooms were clean and well maintained.
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08/17/2012 06:28 PM
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flood hidingtomato
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Heh! I was just on an earthquake thread, LOL! How are you today?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Fine, thank you.
unfortunately some people got tricked into believing it is quite safe to live under sea level
not that i am 100s of meters above it, but below sealevel would bother me

Hope you find a exellent place
younger generations are familiar with english so it will be no trouble getting around, very open minded
very cosy people too, those dutch
best regards
 Quoting: Dirt Diver


I thought you as a belgian would've known that the dutch conquered the sea years and years ago.

-> [link to www.youtube.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1138051




On another thread, the Dutch were telling me that your country sank itself to win a war against Spain. Do you know any more about that? I tried to google it but didn't find much.
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- in general the establishment, economic and political power lies within North and South Holland (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague).
- Holland represents another mentality, more bragging and louder, where Provincialen are more modest and reserved.
- Holland often falsely represents the Netherlands in foreign countries.

This is why Provincialen (ppl from the other provinces) dislike Hollanders I suppose.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 972619


Which is fucking retarded because at max., you're what, 100-200 kilometers apart.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15993935


Which is true, but blame it on the Hollander's mentality. The Netherlands is the only country in the EU where province dialects are not tolerated on national TV. Hollanders frown on "Provincialen" (mind you, even the term is derogative)
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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I'll be moving to The Netherlands soon. I just need to find a room to rent somewhere.

What can I expect? Culture shock? Immigrant prejudices?



Where do GLP'er's hang out over there? LOL! lmao
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


You cannot stay for longer than 3 months without a permit. And if you plan to work over here: have you applied for a work permit (as a non-EU citizen you need that) or a student permit?
 Quoting: Ral





I have my contacts, thanks. And if need be, I can come back home and apply for the MVV thing.
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08/17/2012 06:31 PM
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Lots of Atheists
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the majority of the country is very strict, uptight religious ("reformed").
 Quoting: Belgian Coward 15782258

Only in the Bible Belt.

At the latest count 16.6% of the population is protestant, 48.4% is "no religion".
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 Quoting: Halcyon Dayz, FCD





Where is the bible belt in The NL?
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Netherlands immigration laws require citizens to pass a difficult test demonstrating Dutch language fluency and cultural knowledge
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22143126





Yes. I'm a little nervous about the language part. But, my understanding it's basic things and not actually a command of the language.

As for this thread, I'm trying to learn all I can about their culture.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


The test also,covers societal topics. Study hard, because the test asks questions we don't even know the answer to.
 Quoting: Ral





Do they have study guides for the test?