So, what do the Dutch kind of suck at? Well we have brought you what the Dutch are great at and why the Dutch are so happy. As a result, we decided to ask what our DutchReview readers thought about what the Dutch suck at.
If you want to want 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.
1Being polite (keeping in their opinion)
The Dutch don’t say sorry, and they can be incredibly direct in telling their thoughts. So do the Dutch suck at being polite by being too direct? Probably. Sometimes it can come across as rude and not necessary. However, this is coming from a Brit who wouldn’t dare even slightly imply criticism. Sometimes it would be good to tone it down, some of us have delicate little feelings. 😉
So 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.
In some instances you earn your place to come first, it is not just assigned to you. It could be worse, we could be in Germany — where queues don’t seem to exist at all.
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. Maybe we all need a bit of spontaneity in our lives or maybe just no circle of death.
4Having a variety of gourmet food
A lot of people complain that Dutch cuisine is almost non-existent. If you are after a bite to eat then 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 comparison to some other places. 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 Dutch supermarkets are tiny! In some shops, the variety isn’t great and what you could do in one shop easily, you’d have to do in 3 separate shops. The 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.
I admit, even I did find it strange having to go to multiple shops for one shopping trip. Some people like it and some people don’t!
6Driving and parking
Okay, so admittedly there are many countries out there that are far worse, but there has been whole Reddit threads and twitter accounts dedicated to the driving and parking skills of Dutchies.
The fact the car insurance nearly always rises (due to the amount of claims, so they say) is a good indication too. Parking is always a funny one because it’s almost as if they pull up 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
— People Can’t Park (@people_cantpark) December 12, 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
Tailgating is also a wonderful game in the Netherlands and if the person in front is driving at 15km/h, they’re probably playing around with their phone. Not good!
7Telling 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 its got a lot going on. After all, it is the capital city. However, it is never spoken about enough.
We’re probably quite guilty of talking a lot about Amsterdam in the past (changing this now, don’t you worry) and it makes people believe that Amsterdam is the only place to be in the country. Let’s start a movement to make the Netherlands great again! (This joke gets less funny as the years go on.)
It’s okay, our readers were just being direct, they all love you and all of your quirks really 😉
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2018, and was fully updated in September 2020 for your reading pleasure.