My brother was left from the Netherlands about 30 years ago.When he came to visit, I gave him a few years ago the book ‘ The Undutchables ‘ by Colin White and Laurie Boucke gift. This book shows how foreigners, who live in the Netherlands, see the Dutch and their (UN-) delights. There is also a Dutch version for sale. Definitely a must, also for Dutch people who still live in the Netherlands.
As a side note it should be mentioned that the insertion is very humorous, on the cynical AF. My brother has never laughed so hard and so long in succession as when reading that book.The facts are correct, the humor is a nice perk.
They step into a society where titles are less important, and everyone can appeal to everyone.The connection to general consensus on decisions and lack of hierarchy in companies is something they are astonished by. This people is doing what, and is apparently very successful.
The rest of your question I can only answer from personal perspective.From my international contacts I often hear wonder about the way I embrace them. It is a professional way, partly technical and business complex, but they notice that there is a human openness that they do not know.
In the first contact, they always find me too short through the bend and straight for his turnip, which frighten them.Yes, that is why I am doing it too. When they come back to breath, they see that I understand more of their things than they had seen themselves. Therefore it become customers. I have the expertise, but more importantly: the experience.
I am well aware that I am speaking, that they can do business with me without too much paperwork, that I think about restrictions and that sometimes a handshake is enough to make all those restrictions disappear.So I always think that all Dutch are.
This is also true for the expats I know.Once they are accustomed to that crazy Netherlands and those bizarre meetings they will see that the system puts them professionally in full force and that what they do is appreciated.
But well, I do have a counter question.I found your question a bit biased and somewhat derogatory.
Assuming you see yourself as an expat, tell me how you experience it all?
The use of the terminology ‘ your Dutch ‘ could indicate that the questioner is an expat himself. In that case: Tell!
As a Dutchman who has always lived here, I have a limited idea of how the -often temporary -residents from other cultures and countries see us.
Compared to Belgians, Dutch (sometimes-mostly) have a sober lifestyle.
Think, for example, of the cars that are often smaller and less equipped that the Belmgian and so many more examples.
But that has nothing to do with greed!
The Dutch give almost double, so much money to charity than Belgians.
I notice that expats are still amazed at our immediacy and lack of tight hierarchy.Only Had a meeting with the board of Directors of the company where I work and so it just went on first name! Do not think that will ever happen in Germany. In addition, I sometimes notice through the eyes of the expats, how little service-minded we are and sometimes also like to love our forms and rules.. I think it is very difficult for an expat to be included in the NL society.
A little stupid, but no idea.I can’t read any thoughts and I also know no one who is expat. People are talking about expats-‘ yes they get a lot of money and pick up the houses. ‘ So no doubt expats will also say something about us ‘ that dommerds think we’re picking up their homes! ‘ But yeah that’s just speculation.
Expats can come from anywhere, what they think of us depends on what they themselves are accustomed to, so it is impossible for me to think of what a random expat thinks of us.They may experience the Netherlands just like any other person who doesn’t come here. I can call the obvious things, but far beyond that, I’m just going to ‘ invent ‘ and fill in. Let’s ask an expat!