White privilege is never having to spell your last name.
you… you’ve never met a polish person have you
american privilege is not realizing the world does not in fact consist of only america
Joke’s on you my name is the Dutch word for ‘to spell’.
this is such a cute ask oh my god :’) okay i’m going to try to give a proper answer:
- the country itself is…flat. just. flat. it’s literally in the name (nether lands), we have zero actual mountains. our biggest is like 170m high, everything else is flat. it’s just endless stretches of grassy fields and some cities in between.
- a lot of the country is actually below sea level; we’re great at keeping the water out (our history is basically us keeping the country from being flooded 50% of the time).
- the weather is generally pretty shitty and there is nothing that a dutch person loves more than complaining about it, haha. we usually have pretty mild summers and relatively cold winters. one constant is that we have a lot of rain though, throughout all the seasons.
- we don’t have a lot of fancy national dishes, but our “typical” foods are actually pretty good. (look up boerenkool or stamppot; we also have some great sweets like stroopwafels, speculaas, pepernoten or appelflappen.)
- dutch people will talk shit about the country at every opportunity. we’re very very pessimistic; we hate the economy, we hate our government, we hate the weather. we literally whine about everything we can have an opinion about. when someone else (non-dutch) dares complain about anything concerning us/the country though, we get very very very fiercely defensive.
- likewise we’re exTREMELY passionate about our football team. if the boys do bad, everyone in the country has an opinion on it and what should’ve been done better. if the boys do well, everyone glows with national pride. it’s great. (goes for eurovision and ice skating and other international competitions as well.)
- we’re very… idk, punctual and precise about things. we like having things well-organised. we like things being precisely on time (doesn’t go for every individual, but in general). organisation is our thing.
- we’ve got a very racially and religiously varied mix of inhabitants and people are generally a-ok with that.
- we’re generally very accepting about sexuality. we were the first country in the world to legalise same sex marriage and adoption. there’s laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation (for housing, employment, etc). there’s constant progression in this area as well.
- we’re very liberal about a number of issues, actually. abortion has been legal since the 80s. soft drugs are legal as well (which is pretty much the only thing a lot of foreigners visiting us actually know about NL).
- our language is the best and don’t let any bitter dutch person tell you that it’s not, as someone with a degree in it i can tell you the dutch language is one of the greatest.
- we’re very very multilingual. pretty much everyone (bar the elder people) has a basic grasp of english. lots of people also speak basic german or french as a third language. we’re very helpful to tourists with that; whenever someone asks something in broken dutch we’ll immediately switch to english/german/french judging by the language we think the person may speak (usually english) in order to help out.
- people generally feel really good about the multilingual aspect and boast about it, but not everyone speaks all of these languages as well as they claim, haha.
- the country’s so tiny that you can literally drive from the far north to the far south in four hours. you will come across a different spoken dialect practically every ten minutes if you were to actually take that four hour drive.
- we have very very dark humour that’s generally considered very crude by foreigners (and it is, on most occasions).
- most of our big cities are filllllllllled with houses. everywhere. literally every metre of space is built upon.
- our cities are v cute though:
- i’m probably forgetting a lot of relevant info… one last thing that’s v important: we have the best cheese in the world. everyone else can go home xoxo