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    Learning the language

    by ATLC Written Jun 6, 2004

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    Then you're in for some heavy studying as Dutch is not an easy language to learn.
    An unconventional method, that does not use grammar or learning lists of words in the first place, but rather relies on a lot of speaking within the scope of your main interest (for instance if you're a student), is the Delft Method (Delftse methode). Developed by the Technical University of Delft, it was used to teach non-Dutch speaking students with the help of advanced computer software. Has been proven to be very succesful.

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    Identification Law as of Jan. 1st 2005

    by ATLC Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    As of Jan 1st 2005 everyone is obliged by law to be able to identify themselves. If you don't have identification, you can get a fine of 50 euro, for 14 and 15 year olds the fine is 25 euro.
    If you refuse to show identification you can be taken to a policestation so that you can be identified. You may then risk a fine of 2250 euro.
    Government issued documents like passports or drivers license are official ID's. Creditcards or library cards are not.

    Read more here

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    Watch the bicycles!!!

    by Nathalie_B Updated Apr 11, 2005

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    If in every other country you have to watch the cars while crossing a road, here you have to watch for bicycles as well. As I already mentioned, Dutch are extremely nice people, but when they ride their bikes they simply don't see you. I haven't been living in the Netherlands for a long time, but already have seen a lot of accidents. So, watch out!!!
    Especially make sure that you're not walking on a bicycle path. Not only it is dangerous but also truly annoying for those who ride their bikes

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    Restaurant kitchen closing times

    by ATLC Written Oct 31, 2003

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    General rule of thumb is that you will have to order your dinner before 21 hrs.
    Best to check with the restaurant when you make reservations.
    When it says 'kitchen closes at 21.00 hrs' it means that first orders are taken up to that time. If your first order is taken, and you order other courses later (for example dessert) , that's usually no problem.

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    Average prices for eating out

    by ATLC Written Nov 5, 2004

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    Eating out is expensive in The Netherlands. A coffee will be 1,50 euro at the cheapest. An average lunch, sitting down, is about 10-12,50. Main courses in a simple restaurant (eetcafé, Italian or Chinese restaurant) start from about 15 euro.

    On a low budget (3-7 euro): Try falafel, turkish pizza's, shoarma, 'Surinaamse broodjes' (Surinamese food), erwtensoep (peasoup).
    Pannenkoeken (pancakes, savoury or sweet), usually 6-12 euro.
    Uitsmijter (bread, 2 or 3 fried eggs, cheese and ham) is about 8 euro.

    There are also numerous lunchrooms and takeaway sandwiches. These are about 2,50-3 euro.
    Not to forget Burger King or MacDonalds.

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    Main danger: ME !

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When a friend of mine was introduced to my Netherlands page he pointed out that the main Danger was not listed on this page: ME !
    So he writes:

    Be aware that provoking this citizen is a hazardous activity. If confronted by this small Dutch person do not be unduly alarmed. Usually, offerings of small gifts such as chocolate or even large gifts of chocolate will render her entirely safe.

    What are friends for, eh?

    ATLC CARICATURE
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    Smoking

    by ATLC Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    Since March last year, all cigarette packs, tobacco pouches and cigar boxes sport big warning texts about the dangers of smoking. At first this had the effect that everyone bought cigarette boxes, and also carton boxes were commercialised, to hide the texts. And stickers were sold with alternative, less threatening texts.
    But something else happened too. When people got used to it, they started collecting all the different texts. One of the favourites is: smoking affects the quality of sperm.

    This package shows the text: Smoking is lethal.

    From January 2004 the governement will take into effect a new law: every employee has the right to a smoking-free area. This also counts in restaurants and pubs although the rule will be valid there from January 2005.
    Effectively this means that there will be no smoking in restaurants and pubs from January 2005 although the discussion about putting this rule to use has only just begun.
    It also means that there won't be any smoking allowed in coffee shops.

    In any case: note that the law is not forbidding to smoke. The law is that every employee has a right to a smoke free workplace.

    NETHERLANDS SMOKING

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    New Year's celebrations

    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 18, 2005

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    No idea how much money Dutch spend on fireworks every year, but I bet it is a couple of millions of Euros. Legally, all different types of fireworks (bottle rockets, firecrackers, sparklers, etc.) can be purchased in Holland between December 30th and January 1st. (if I rememebr right) However, Dutchies find the way to buy them earlier and already during the X-Mas many cities look like a war zone.
    Don't know what is the legal age for purchasing all these kinds of home fireworks, but it looks like every kid once learned to walk already knows how to use the "explosives". Unfortunatelly, many accidents happen because of misuse of these things! Be very carefull, if you happen to be in the Netherlands, especially in the cities!!!
    Personally, I didn't dare to go out on December 31st because those fireworks were everywhere. Even my balcony almost got on fire because my neighbors found buzz bombs and bottle rockets amusing.

    Picture taken from my balcony (Breda)

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    Biking on an icey road

    by Nathalie_B Written Mar 3, 2005

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    It rarely snows here, but even if it does you won't have a chance to see the Netherlands dressed in white for a long time.
    If you happen to ride a bike when it snows, or when the snow still stays on the streets you must be very carefull. Remember that falling on the snowy, icey ground is not fun at all.
    Often, when there's no bicycle path you'll find yourself riding on the road and this is a real danger. Cars that drive behind you may not stop as fast.....
    Best thing to do is to leave your bike at home and wait till the snow melts (it won't take long). Instead you can always either walk or take a bus, it is much safer.

    Leave your bike at home
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    Speed limits

    by ATLC Written May 11, 2003

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    When you cross a Dutch border by car you'll find this sign:

    50 kms p/h inside suburb
    80 kms p/h outside suburb
    100 kms p/h on motorway
    120 kms p/h on highway

    At 30 kms p/h over any speed limit your case may come before court.
    At 50 kms p/h over any speed limit your driver's license and car may be taken away.

    In general speeding tickets are about € 5 per km. too fast.

    NETHERLANDS MAXIMUM SPEED
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    Maximum Speed

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 1, 2008

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    There are different speed limits on the the Dutch roads:

    120 km/hr on the highways
    100 or 80 km/hr on non-highways
    60 km/hr on rural roads
    50 km/hr in cities/villages (The city name sign is the start of the speed zone!)
    30 km/hr in designated housing communities

    The speed limits are enforced with laser guns, speed camera's, marked and unmarked police cars and on some highways with trajectory control.

    Foreigners that are stopped by the police after a speed violation, must pay at the spot.

    If you are speeding 50 or more km/hr over the limit your driver's license will be impounded for some weeks.

    General rules A1 Highway by 120 km/hr
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    Crime maps of the Netherlands

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 7, 2010

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    Recent crimes map

    Credit Card fraud map (2008)

    Crime statistics

    Dutch skimming warnings
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    Police & alarm numbers

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Alright, so you're either in need or trespassing....then you'll be happy or not so happy to see this police car!

    112 is the equivalent of 911 in the US.
    But only and ONLY for emergencies.
    If you need police but it is not an emergency you call
    0900-8844

    See below: Dutch police website, information in English.

    DUTCH POLICE
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    Bank holidays 2007

    by ATLC Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    if you're planning a trip to The Netherlands, you might want to take our national holidays into account.

    New Year - January 1st
    Good Friday - 6 April (public services are closed)
    Easter 8 and 9 April
    Queen's birthday 30 april
    Liberation day 5 May (once every five years)
    Ascension Day 17 May (always a Thursday)
    (usually people take off the day after as well)
    Whitsun 27 and 28 May

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    School holidays 2008/2009 part 2 - dates

    by ATLC Updated Aug 27, 2008

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    The date notation is: Day/Month/Year
    Primary school = PS (age 5-12)
    Secondary school = SS (age 12-18)

    If you want to know what regions are meant, read the previous tip.

    Autumn holiday: North PS+SS - 18-10-08 until 26-10-08
    Autumn holiday: Middle/South - 11-10-08 until 19-10-08

    Christmas (all regions): 20-12-08 until 04-01-09

    Spring holiday: North/Middle PS+SS 14-02-09 until 22-02-09
    Spring holiday: South PS+SS 21-02-08 until 01-03-09

    May holidays: All regions PS+SS 25-04-09 until 05-05-09

    Summer holiday: North PS 04-07-09 until 16-08-09
    Summer holiday: North SS 04-07-09 until 23-08-09
    Summer holiday: Middle PS 11-07-09 until 23-08-09
    Summer holiday: Middle SS 11-07-09 until 30-08-09
    Summer holiday: South PS 25-07-09 until 06-09-09
    Summer holiday: South SS 18-07-09 until 06-09-09

    Autumn holiday: North PS+SS - not yet known (new school year)
    Autumn holiday: Middle/South - not yet known (new school year)

    School children
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