Sep 28, 2015

Dutch Days: Facts and Myths


Fact

The Dutch love to cycle, there are 19,000,000 bicycles in The Netherlands. Which means that there are more bicycles than people.

Myth

The Dutch are cheap. There are plenty of expressions about the Dutch and their money. With less than 17,000,000 people the Dutch have spent 1,964,000,000 euros on charities alone in 2014. 

Fact

There are no mountains in The Netherlands. There are hills in Limburg and the highest one is only 322,7 meters. 

Myth

Tulips originally come from Amsterdam. This isn't true, tulips were imported from Turkey in the 16th century and we weren't even the first foreign country to be introduced to them either.

Fact

Dutch is in the top 40 of most spoken languages of the world. It has three versions, Dutch spoken in The Netherlands, Flemish and Suriname's Dutch. 

Myth

All Dutch use cannabis. With 7% it isn't higher than in countries where soft drugs aren't legal.

Fact

Dutch has a large number of words, which is mainly due to the fact that we combine words and together they'll form a new one. That makes Dutch a language of endless possibilities and very long words.

Myth

The Dutch all wear wooden shoes. Only part of the farmers today still wear them and the rest of the production is mainly for souvenirs.

Fact

The Dutch love their licorice, averagely they eat 2 kilos per person per year.

Myth

The main export products of the Netherlands are Cheese, beer and flowers. This isn't true, in reality it's oil and machinery.

Fact

The Dutch bought Manhattan from the Indians for only 60 guilders in 1626. New York was first named New Amsterdam and was renamed on September 8, 1664. Many Dutch people think selling Manhattan is the most stupid thing the Dutch have ever done.

Myth

The Netherlands might have a big population density, but we don't actually have a metropolis. There are a little over 820,000 inhabitants in Amsterdam. It's our biggest city, but actually it isn't very big at all.

Facts

The lowest point of The Netherlands is 6 meters below sea level.

10 comments:

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    1. Thanks, it's wonderful to write about these things :).

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  2. Interesting :) Thanks for sharing

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  3. Really enjoyed reading these facts/myths & can't believe that Amsterdam is smaller than Dublin (only just!).

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  4. My ex-husband's parents had a Dutch foreign exchange student way back in the 80's and I learned many of these things from him. Although, I didn't know about the island of Manhattan. Thanks for the cool post!

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  5. really interesting post suze, the Dutch eat as much liquorice as I do!

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