What’s so special about Urk and Urkers? As a foreigner, I don’t get it.

At the time when Urk was still an island in the Zuiderzee, it was relatively distant from the civilised world, after the notions at the times.The Reformed Church and inbred did the rest. Little outside influence and what was affected was violently fought by anti-progress fighters. Indeed something like, as someone said, the Amish in the US.

Now that they are part of the civilised world (Noordoostpolder was completed in 1942), there are still remnants of that past to be found.They are quite crotchety and Tamal Eigenheimers and inbreeding is still there, albeit in a greatly reduced degree.

To be short, like Volendam, it is a quite self-serving community where outsiders need a life-long, if it succeeds, to come in.But for the rest there is really nothing special about them-although they think they are special.

The people in Urk and other, similar villages and small towns are similar to the Amish in America.And other groups of people who don’t quite go along with modern times and modern developments. Basically, people who stick to traditions.

Urk used to be an island on the Zuiderzee and has historically always been a fishing village.Many people in Urk see this municipality as a sort of island within the rest of the Netherlands, somewhat secluded. Only in 1939 Urk was connected to the rest of the Netherlands via a dike. And their traditional lifestyle did not fit well within the rest of Dutch so the Urkers were mostly ignored. And during World War II even the Germans left Urk mostly in the beginning. Also because it was still poorly reachable as an island and the Germans arrived from afar so that the men and boys on the island could quickly shelter in shelters. Only in 1944 Urk was permanently occupied by the Germans. (It helped the Germans that Urk was eventually drained in 1942 so that it was better reached by land.)

The main industry is still the fishing industries, even though they are now on the Ijsselmeer and no longer directly on the sea.But the Urker fish auction is one of the most important in the Netherlands. But because the population in Urk usually got more children than the national average, URK has also been the poorest municipality in the Netherlands for a very long time, even though the unemployment rate in URK was lower than the national average. In addition, Urk is also one of the most generous municipalities in the Netherlands. And this all has to do with their strictly religious background.

In addition, URK has always been a fairly closed municipality where people mainly married with others within their environment.For this reason, genetic properties are also to be traced to Urk.

Similar cities are Volendam and Spkburg, which also remained quite isolated from the rest of the Netherlands for a long time.Many of these counties are of a very high Protestant-Christian nature, and many rules within these municipalities are based on religious principles, including respect for Sunday-rest.

So in fact, the Urkers are just a kind of Amish inside the Dutch…

Urk used to be a fishing island in the Zuiderzee.After the Afsluitdijk it became an island in the Ijsselmeer. After the land reclamation it became an old village in an empty polder. In terms of mentality, it has always remained an island and, as Randy Baker points out, a small cohesive community. They are extremely reformed on the island, but at the same time you have a lot of drug and drink use.

In short, it is an island on land.That is rare.

First Of All, it was an island traditionally.Like other communities that were isolated from the surrounding land due to its geographical location, URK has also been isolated for centuries and has developed separately from the surrounding land. This has a very different population composition (read: inbred) and a different culture than the surrounding country.

Secondly , itis a fishing village.This means that a significant proportion of the population of the village is at sea for most of the week (if not longer), where there is a need to work very hard and the ever-present chance that one will never return from that sea. This gives a pletora to all sorts of things:

  • One is more religious, if the Lord is the only thing that forms the separation between safe mooring and the dark deep sea, it is a little quicker to listening him.
  • Excessive use of resources (read: Alcohol and drug abuse). [1
  • The combination of the first two also forms a cocktail for some abuse scandals.
  • Fishing has never been a fat pot until the invention of the motor trawler.

Bitter poverty was a trump card, and it was a frateric. One clicks more together.

  • The mix of tangles together and an isolated community and religiosity also ensures that the community is not only closed outward, but also inward.
  • Wanting to do or be different than what one can offer within the island is not done. Blood crawls, however, where it can’t go, so you can jump out of the band, they also do it right.


    [1 ‘ drug use is out of hand ‘

    For the Zuiderzee was drained Urk was an island.This means that there are also few influences coming from outside. Of course the sea is now being polled, but still it remains a place of 芒 鈧?艙us knows Ons芒 鈧? There are few people living outside, and the people who live there will not treat a novice as equal.

    Because of the limited import of people, families are also all together.

    The incident last also shows the limited tolerance.So there are “people with a migration background”. A little thing like an insult puts the whole place on stilts and then also everyone turns up to interfere with it.

    It is a closed community, with a high percentage of inbreeding.You can see this in more fishing villages like Volendam.

    Urk was always an island.It’s not now, but the island mentality still prevails. A strong community bond, distrust against outsiders, sticking to old habits, that kind of work. An outsider, whether it is a Dutchman or someone with immigrant roots, will never be fully accepted in that kind of community.

    Me neither.It has nothing to do with your vision as a Dutch foreigner but with a close faith community. You’ll find that in France anyway.

    As a Dutchman, they are not understandable either.

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