If you’re tempted to grab your pitchforks in anger, don’t shoot the messenger. 😉 Here are 7 things the Dutch kind of suck at, with love from our readers.
1. Being polite (keeping in their opinion)
The Dutch don’t say sorry, and they can be incredibly direct in broadcasting their thoughts. So, do the Dutch suck at being polite by being too direct? Probably. Sometimes it can come across as rude and unnecessary.
However, this is coming from a Brit who wouldn’t dare even slightly imply criticism. But sometimes it would be good to tone it down a bit — some of us have delicate little feelings. 😉
Some of us love a good queue — especially the Brits. It gets stuff done systematically and sometimes, even, swiftly. The Dutch, however, don’t always like to queue. Especially when things such as public transport come into play. Hell, no way are they queuing for that — it’s a free-for-all. You force your way in.
It could be worse though, we could be in Germany — where queues don’t seem to exist at all. (Sorry, no shade to Germany).
3. Birthday parties
If you’ve ever been to a Dutch birthday party, you’ll know why this one is on the list. The awkward circle of death that greets you as soon as you walk in the door… do I have to? Of course you do, and it’s bloody awful too.
Parties also tend to finish early and stick to a strict schedule. There’s no room for spontaneity in a Dutch birthday party and it would be rude to ruin their carefully planned schedule — lighten up Dutchies. 😉
4. Having a variety of gourmet food
A lot of people complain that Dutch cuisine is almost non-existent. If you’re after a bite, there’s a lot of food is fried — especially if you go out for food.
Of course, gourmet food does exist, but it is few and far between in contrast to some other countries. Maybe it’s because the Dutch are renowned for not splashing the cash? Who knows… but it’s never a bad thing to gourmet! Maybe we should add more delicious delicacies to our lives.
Anyone who has ever lived in another country will know that most Dutch supermarkets are tiny! In some shops, the variety isn’t great, meaning what could easily be one shopping trip becomes three separate shops.
American’s, especially, are used to superstores: everything under one roof and cheap as chips. A lot of people also complain about the huge amounts of little shops (like Albert Heijn To-Go), which sell items at ridiculous prices. Thank the lord for Aldi and Lidl — even though they’re few and far between.
6. Driving and parking
Okay, so admittedly there are many countries out there that are far worse — but there are whole Reddit threads and Twitter accounts dedicated to the driving and parking skills of Dutchies.
The fact the car insurance prices rise so often — due to the number of claims, so they say — is a good indication too.
Parking is always a funny one because it’s almost as if people pull into a space and go “ah, that’ll do,” even though they’re somehow blocking two spaces.
— People Can’t Park (@people_cantpark) October 1, 2016
At the gym, on a number of occasions, notices were given out to customers to tell them to park properly. The car parks were filling up because people were taking up two or more spaces and parking terribly. Not great when there is a shortage of parking overall.
— People Can’t Park (@people_cantpark) November 13, 2016
7. Telling the world that the Netherlands is “not just Amsterdam”
The Netherlands has so much to shout about. It’s not all about Amsterdam and we should all embrace that and shout it from the rooftops! Naturally, Amsterdam is going to be the most heard of, and of course, it’s got a lot going for it. After all, it is the capital city. However, it is never spoken about enough.
We’re probably all guilty of talking too much about Amsterdam in the past. Heck, many foreigners think the Netherlands is Amsterdam.— but we’ve changed this now, don’t worry.
What do you think the Dutch suck at? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments!
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2018, and was fully updated in September 2021 for your reading pleasure.