MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱 (american expats in the netherlands)

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In this episode, Michelle and Alex talk about the common misconceptions about the Netherlands that they've heard from their friends and family and attempt to set them straight. What's true or not true about life in the Netherlands, based on the experience of American expats in the Netherlands.
Episode 42 · Filmed on March 4, 2023 · Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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0:00 Introduction
0:39 What misconceptions have we heard?
1:30 There are canals everywhere
2:06 People only ride bikes
3:08 Holland vs. the Netherlands
4:29 Cannabis everywhere
5:39 Prostitution
6:41 Healthcare is free
8:02 Wrap up
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We're Michelle and Alex, a travel-obsessed American couple living abroad in the Netherlands.
In 2020, we quit our jobs to travel the world, and... yeah, that didn't happen. So in 2022, we decided to make an even BIGGER change, packing up our lives (and our cats 🐈), moving from Austin, Texas, to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Subscribe for new videos like this every week!

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lemmimini 2 ай бұрын
As an Asian whos part Thai Chinese and Vietnamese who grew up in Belgium and Netherlands (having dutch as my first language ever) I miss the Netherlands dearly, due to family issues we had to sadly move back to Vietnam and have been living there since, even so, I've never given up on my love for the place I grew up in, I'm currently trying my best to get into one of Vietnam's top high schools to hopefully get a scholarship to once more return to my beloved country, its so lovely to see you guys make content about the Netherlands its indeed a fantastic country
Cyriel Martens
Cyriel Martens 2 ай бұрын
Oh no :/ I hope you can return one day. We'll all be cheering you on! :D
Terrence Weijnschenk
Terrence Weijnschenk 2 ай бұрын
Always welcome (back)! Hope you succeed in getting that scholarship one day. 🖖
Ed Z
Ed Z 2 ай бұрын
Hope you succeed! Atleast someone who actually cares about the country!
KzoneDD 2 ай бұрын
I hope you make it. Good luck!
Resi 2 ай бұрын
We hope you get back here soon.
Ben Van gestel
Ben Van gestel 2 ай бұрын
I don't know if it is a misconception or not but I've always felt that in America you either win or lose in life, there is not realy an inbetween. As in the Netherlands it feels like the inbetween is more the base-line. Love your content btw.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
i've never heard that before, but that is pretty accurate... and thank you ❤️
Guenther Steiner
Guenther Steiner 2 ай бұрын
Yea, especially in politics. In the USA you are either a Democrat or a Republican. In the Netherlands most parties are quite in the middle. Sone slightly to the right some slightly to the left.
Leya 2 ай бұрын
I think people confuse ‘car dependency’ with ‘owning a car’. As a Dutch person with a car, it can be easier. But. I’m not dependent on it. In the contrary. In Utrecht, where I live, I use my bike to get around. Busses are also readily available. If I want to go to a different city centre I will take the train. Leiden, Den Haag, Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Rotterdam, Delft and more are very easily accessible with the train and bus. I only use my car to go to my parents’ place. This is because I often take things with me to them and back home after. (And the trip by public transport takes me twice as long as by car). What I’m saying is that most people in the Netherlands (randstad) aren’t ‘dependent’ on their car. But it makes it easier sometimes than using public transportation to transport things, but also to cut some times in half. (My parents live rural. Even though there is a connection to their street, it often takes long to catch that bus…)
Mark Van der Borght
Mark Van der Borght 2 ай бұрын
Like Paris people believe that Paris is France, a lot of Randstad people believe that it is the Netherlands: the confusion that Holland is Netherlands is not far away. Few cars? When I was a teenager, we used to listen to Dutch radiostations, living close to the Dutch border. All we hard was traffic jams! Also the negatieve connotation of the word Dutch doesn’t help (Dutch date, Dutch talk…) so the word Holland may even be preferrable sometimes. Also the France-registered cars passing Belgium sometimes tell me they are heading to a coffeeshop…. Very Nice video! Loved it.
Jan Cloosterman🇺🇦
Jan Cloosterman🇺🇦 2 ай бұрын
Don't forget Dutch oven🤣
Freya Trueandonlyqueengoddess Daethtoallimpostors
Freya Trueandonlyqueengoddess Daethtoallimpostors 2 ай бұрын
I am the only Leya / Leia etc - such names and other special / important names (and purity / nature / flower related names etc) cannot be misused by wom’n, and all unsuitable names must be changed!
Freya Trueandonlyqueengoddess Daethtoallimpostors
Freya Trueandonlyqueengoddess Daethtoallimpostors 2 ай бұрын
Also, pronouns can never be with a capital letter when referring to oneself or to other hum’ns - only when referring to me the superior being can pronouns be with a capital letter, and the special pronouns are also only meant for me, in Dutch and in all other languages, so all should know not to misuse such terms / pronouns etc, esp the ones learning Dutch and Dutch speakers etc, and only the pronouns jij / je can be used when talking to all hum’ns!
Yvolve 2 ай бұрын
About the weed and locals smoking: yes, a lot of Dutch people smoke weed but in no way at the level people think. We're also on the lower end in Europe in percentages. The decriminalisation has made it less secretive and therefore exciting for people to try. It is also not illegal, nor tolerated but decriminalised, which is a big difference in legal terms. It is still a very flawed system but our politicians are too scared and/or lazy to actually legalise it and get rid of all the issues the current system causes.
Carolientje Josefientje
Carolientje Josefientje 2 ай бұрын
When living in a city I agree, no car needed. You can get around by bike, bus or train. But.... in the countryside it is much more difficult. Lots of small villages no longer have a bus coming through. As people have stated before, most of us own both a car and a bike and choose the best option for the trip. I'm new to your channel, but like it! I have lived in the US myself (mid '90's) and I was equally surprised by some things, both good and bad.
Franka Schapendonk
Franka Schapendonk 2 ай бұрын
Rotterdam is not a "modern" city as you describe it. It is actually an old city, just like Amsterdam. There are many modern buildings because the old Center was completely bombed in the Second World War
LeafHuntress 2 ай бұрын
Just to add to that; R’dam & A’dam were relatively new fishing villages compared to cities like Maastricht & Nijmegen.
Leya 2 ай бұрын
I’m someone from Rotterdam and while you can still see old influences in the city, you can’t not call Rotterdam modern. On the contrary to most of our other big cities, like Amsterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Den Haag or ‘s Hertogenbosch which all consist mostly of an old city centre, Rotterdam sadly doesn’t have one anymore. Therefore, with the lack of a historic city centre, it is a modern city with a historic story.
Guenther Steiner
Guenther Steiner 2 ай бұрын
​@LeafHuntress yea R'dam and A'dam came alive during like the golden age while Nijmegen and Maastricht already were there during the roman empire.
SPYKERHARD 2 ай бұрын
@Leya, and what about Delfshaven R'dam West??
dave van beers
dave van beers 2 ай бұрын
The stereotypes I have about the USA: guns, conspiracy theories, fat people, religion is fairly important to most people, ohh and FOX news. 😊 thanks for a fun episode! Have a great weekend.
Test Test
Test Test 2 ай бұрын
Those are not stereotypes.....
Jp Strik
Jp Strik 2 ай бұрын
Most of those religious believes decent from the Netherland, altough we lost them ourselfs
Freya Trueandonlyqueengoddess Daethtoallimpostors
Freya Trueandonlyqueengoddess Daethtoallimpostors 2 ай бұрын
No such thing as a csp theory - most of the ideas are true or based on some sort of truth, and the others are kinda true, but rIgn not really! But anyway, re the Netherlands legalizing that beyond sakryIegyuz _ - what the actual efd! As a matter of fact, all zynnerz / bngng / btg and other wrng things must be bnd!
Freya Trueandonlyqueengoddess Daethtoallimpostors
Freya Trueandonlyqueengoddess Daethtoallimpostors 2 ай бұрын
It’s really efd that any country would legalize such abmntn - promoting impztz and their most ofsv / gx areas as some sort of ‘valuable’ thing that only the most efd _ would ever pay fr, pfff...
Hans Vuijst
Hans Vuijst 2 ай бұрын
There are in fact red light districts in other Dutch cities too. Not EVERY city and it is differently organized in different locations. The reason coffeeshops are called that way is because they are allowed to sell softdrinks and coffee and tea but they usually do not have the right licenses for selling alcoholic drinks. The way the coffeeshops are getting supply is in fact really bizarre! Large quantities are not allowed ! "Weed"-plantages are not allowed! You can grow plants but it should be intended for private use... Very grey area! Soon you will be able to see the tulips! The right area to go see is pretty close to Rotterdam just behind the North sea coast: Lisse, Noordwijk, Noordwijkerhout. You don't need to go to the Keukenhof just rent a bike and cycle around! Just be careful for the many touring coaches for Chinese and Japanese tourists 😜😬
Theo Buunermond
Theo Buunermond 2 ай бұрын
For a matter of fact growing a few plants is tolerated, not allowed. Even when you have only one plant it can be removed by the police. I know it for sure, because it was a kind of an issue a few years ago in my village where someone had only one plant.
Jules Stoop
Jules Stoop 2 ай бұрын
The name Holland refers to what has been for quite a few centuries-and still is-by far the most dominant both economically and politically of Dutch provinces (so dominant it was split into North and South at some point). As such it became a ‘pars pro toto’. Somewhat comparable to how some people might say ‘England’ when they’re really talking about the UK. At a certain point in history though, the country became a lot smaller thanks to trains and later cars which meant the other provinces became better connected to the central part of the country and started to grow richer and more influential themselves. I believe that’s the main reason why we started to feel more comfortable, even in Holland itself, with calling our country ‘the Netherlands’.
Its_Danny 2 ай бұрын
Yes also old trade, in a lot of latin languages it's called olanda, from holland because of the trade ports, my dad is an international trucker and it's always holland, even though we officially said it's the netherlands we still think holland is okay
Matthijs Claessen
Matthijs Claessen Ай бұрын
And… we’ll yell “Holland!” when cheering for the Dutch national football team… So even we don’t know.
VeniVidiAjax 2 ай бұрын
The name Holland used to be a trademark for commercial use by the country. But they let go of it a couple of years ago because some people felt left out… because of the naming after the provinces. It’s now NL Netherlands again.
Jan Mango
Jan Mango 2 ай бұрын
Before coal became more common in and around the 1900's , the Netherlands used dried peat ("turf") for cooking and heating. This industry needed a lot of workers for digging the stuff up and processing it, and a lot of waterways to transport it to the cities. So even from the early middle ages on (plm. CE 1000), canals were dug for transportation of turf. In a lot of cases and through the ages, these canals had other usages as well, like drainage of water. So every town in the Netherlands involved in the turf industry had canals. And this was a core industry, so a lot - and I mean a lot - of Dutch towns and cities have or had canals.
Theo Buunermond
Theo Buunermond 2 ай бұрын
Exactly. I'm born and raised in Stadskanaal and that was a 'peat colony' The shipped peat from the villages around it (through canals) to the city of Groningen.
Bart Hoving
Bart Hoving 2 ай бұрын
Waterways were the most effective way to move around until the invention of the railroad. And the Netherlands for the most part being a delta waterways were already there and as the country was flat it was easy to expand and generally there was very little current. So your canal would not turn into a raging current washing with extreme weather. And the first canals in the cities were often the moat and after expanding the city limits the moat was more useful as a waterway then being filled and made into a road. There's a meme the Inuits/Eskimos have dozens of words of snow. Not sure if that's true, but the Dutch do have dozens of names for waterways.
Richard van Bergen
Richard van Bergen 2 ай бұрын
Very funny to hear how people from the US think about the Netherlands. On the other hand, I think we all have misconceptions about other countries we've never been to ourselves. One more extreme than the other. About the name Holland, this is what wiki says about it: (although I thought it had to do with a former king) The name Holland comes from Holtland or Holdland, so: "houtland (woodland)". The oldest form is from the tenth century. What was then called Holtlant in Old Dutch referred to a settlement probably near Leiden. Until the next one 👍👋👋
darkknight8139 2 ай бұрын
That is a nice list! Many people only think of Amsterdam when they think of the Netherlands, but I like to think that Amsterdam is anything but the Netherlands. I live in Utrecht and by coincidence I visited Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague all in the past few weeks, I felt like a tourist in my own country. When talking only about their city centres, this is what I think of them. Amsterdam is very nice to look at, but not a nice place to be. The Hague is grand, while Rotterdam is a big city with a relaxed vibe. Utrecht is more like a cozy big village than a city. Cant wait to watch the opposite misconception video :) Some ideas: Americans treat fast food as normal food. They go everywhere by car, even to the shops half a mile away (where Dutchies would take a bicycle). Everything in the US is commercialized, even the president elections. I mean: if you bring more money, you win. It feels like this is true for everything you try to achieve, in my opinion.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
well said!
K R 2 ай бұрын
“If you bring more money, you win” is the perfect encapsulation of US society.
BlinkAChu Ай бұрын
Good list, having lived most of my life in the Netherlands (2 years in Ireland though) while interacting with Americans frequently, I do indeed see these misconceptions often. Especially the drugs one, that's the one thing they gravitate towards when you say you're from the Netherlands. Which sucks, because I'm very much "anti-drugs", so to be associated with it by default isn't always a good feeling. Funnily enough I didn't actually know prostitution was only legalized since the 2000s, I thought it was way longer haha, goes to show that I can learn even more about my home country. Hope you keep enjoying living here. I definitely have a lot of issues with the Netherlands (especially the housing market... by god is it a tragedy nowadays, and some of the laws involving cars which suck as a car lover) but hearing your side of how it was in America through your videos I do feel like we got the better end of the stick on a lot of things ^^;
annemarel1 2 ай бұрын
There are parts in The Netherlands where you actually do need a car, because it's less densely populated and the distances between villages are larger. Therefore public transport is not as good as in the bigger cities. We can do a lot with our bike, but there are limits. By the way, did you know that in my region of The Netherlands (Zeeland), we have a national championship of biking against the wind? It is held on a trajectory of 9 kilometers including the "Oosterscheldekering" which is famous for it's windy circumstances. It is typically announced 3 days before a big storm of at least 7 beaufort windpower.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
oh wow - going to watch some youtube videos of that right now 😅
W. 2 ай бұрын
Thats cool!! As a dutch person I didn’t know that. Must be generating a lot of nice pictures! 😄
SPYKERHARD 2 ай бұрын
Zeeland? You meanN Zealand right?
W. 2 ай бұрын
@SPYKERHARD Nope, Zeeland.
annemarel1 2 ай бұрын
@SPYKERHARD nope, I mean "Zeeland", which would translate in English as "Sealand", but in Dutch it's called Zeeland, so that is the correct name. It's a province in the South West of The Netherlands where we have a lot of water and shores.
Ramona Maramis
Ramona Maramis 2 ай бұрын
Totally off topic but my boyfriend is completely obsessed by his cat on hagelslag hoodie!! He wears it almost every day and people actually do react - "is dat een kat op een broodje hagelslag?!" whenever they see my boyfriend in it. So pls keep this design in your merch. Might order for some more😊
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
aww thank you so much!!! we're so glad that you like it ❤️
Karel van der Velden
Karel van der Velden 2 ай бұрын
Many old cities (yes Rotterdam) had canals but were later filled in for road use.
Erik 2 ай бұрын
If you have canals in cities, they tend to have been defensive moats in the past, converted to canals to promote trade when the moats lost their use. many of the major cities have a 'canal', wether or not it has been filled in as Karel mentioned.
Uorufu 2 ай бұрын
As for Holland vs The Netherlands, although you can say Holland is 'technically incorrect', probably 97% of dutch people either use it themselves or don't mind others using it. The other 3% being OCD about it or something. For context: I only see it mentioned in videos made by people from other countries that talk about it, but I don't recall ever discussing it with another dutch person. It's not a big deal. ;)
Dutch Are The Best
Dutch Are The Best 2 ай бұрын
True story this one, migrated to Australia late 1984, one year later I started working in a new casino here. Obviously, I still had a serious accent still, so everyone knew I was Dutch - I was numerous times asked by my new colleagues where they could buy some cannabis, when I told wouldn't know , they were surprised and told me you're Dutch, you should know. Never touched the stuff in my life.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
Its_Danny 2 ай бұрын
Haha, i went to america recently, florida to be exact and my father in law went into a smoke shop wanted to get a delta 10 thc vape(highest strenght there is) guy behind the counter said maybe you should get a delta 8 or 7 they're more mellow. He just said I'm from the netherlands, guy was like ah okay bro i understand
Wielie0305 2 ай бұрын
We, a family of four, have 2 cars, 3 bikes, 2 e-bikes and 2 OV (public transport) cards. We chose what’s the best option for the trip. One of these cards is owned by my daughter. She is a student and gets also ‘zorgtoeslag’ from the government. She only pays a few euros a month for health insurance. Why? students are poor you know. I never smoked weed, but know some of people who do occasionally. We don’t have a red light district and certainly not canals like Amsterdam or Utrecht. Lucky to live in NL 👍🏻
flin white
flin white Ай бұрын
Surinamese food consist of food made by different cultures such as Indian , Indonesian, Creole, Chinese and Native American. In the Netherlands you'll never find a restaurant that servs food from all cultures perfectly. So my advice is if you want a certain dish from a certain culture, go to a restaurant where the chef is from that culture. That way you'll get the best version of that dish. For example: if you want Roti (Indian/Surinamese food), go to Roopram Roti. Or if you want Saoto soep (Indonesian/Surinamese food) go to Warung Mini.
Barking Bonanza
Barking Bonanza 2 ай бұрын
Probably mentioned before but many Dutch people do refer to The Netherlands as a whole as "Holland". Not all the time, but now and then. It's kinda colloquial. For example, we use it when chanting and rooting for our national soccer team. It's used in many songs and literature. I don't know anyone who dislikes using it, but perhaps that's because I am from Brabant. Officially the government agencies do no longer use the term, but who cares? :)
H. Bergsma
H. Bergsma 2 ай бұрын
Many Dutch people at living in the more peripheral regions feel offended when it is said that they live in 'Holland'.
Joost Prins
Joost Prins 2 ай бұрын
@H. Bergsma they do, but not in the example used, when we talk about sports it’s cheering is always Holland, but we are talking about Nederlands elftal, or Nederlandse roeiploeg, but then again, it’s the Dutch soccer team, or even more weird, the Holland-acht, so we are the Netherlands, but to annoy the world we use Dutch, Netherlands and Holland all together and even meaning the same with it. And no, I will never say to a Limburger he is a Hollander, or he is from Holland, that right is only for the real Hollanders.
pel666 2 ай бұрын
Just wanted to give my 2cents as a Dutchy, I will try to give sensible comments on your topics as I enjoy watching the both of you exploring the NLs. Canals have a function, they were used to transport goods back in the day to warehouses, and cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht, Hoorn etc were the center of this trading. In these cities you will see load/unload bays on these canals, and interesting hoisting contraptions to facilitate merching. On cars, yes we have plenty but they are not gas guzzlers and we have almost the same feeling with independancy as the US with cars, we just don't need to drive far to get to a destination as the Dutch infrastructure is completely different opposed to the US. We like to mix functions and hardly have suburbs like in the US where living is the main function and you have to drive 30 mins or more to get grocery's. You just don't need a car living in a city. On cannabis, it is indeed condomned and used as much by Dutch people as tourists. There are coffee shops in every major city spread across the Netherlands. Prostitution, I think you nailed it. It is now considered the same as any job, which I think is a good thing. These mostly ladies need to have official protection financially and in person, it's not perfect yet but it is going in the right direction. Don't forget that prostitution solves a lot of social aspects, unfortunately in Amsterdam there is a movement going on by the government to reduce prostitution and the red light district activities. These kind of actions are city driven, I will not get into politics here. Health care is not free for sure, you can spend between 1000 and 2000 Euros each month with own risk of 350 euros. Keep enjoying the Netherlands, I invite you to come over to the North, experience the fresh fish market at Den Oever, get a trip to Texel and enjoy some more of the authentic Dutch feeling! Keep up the good work on your channel, I enjoy it very much.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
thank you!
Moros Ай бұрын
i believe Rotterdam has anywhere between 40 and 50 coffeeshops in total. Compared to Amsterdam with over 160 it is indeed not a lot, but certainly more than three. Fun fact, Amsterdam used to have more than 400.
Jurgen Rusch
Jurgen Rusch 2 ай бұрын
Hi, again thanks for the nice new video. You have indeed touched the most well known misconceptions. Obviously there are more. I myself think that a lot of tourists, when visiting The Netherlands, they actually only stay in the two Holland provinces. And hence the'll 'project' all the impressions from the Hollands to the whole of The Netherlands, which creates quite a distorted view. The two Hollands happen to be the provinces that 'grew' by removing water (with mills) to gain land but still a lot of canals remained. Fun fact: please lookup where the name of our national airport, Schiphol, stems from. So, if you go to the more southern and eastern provinces, cities will hardly have any canals, if at all. Maybe just one river or canal. Regarding Holland vs The Netherlands I can highly recommend this video from which I myself, being Dutch, learnt some new facts: kzbin.info/www/bejne/m3bCeoiGftN4q8U. You may want to view and hear it twice or more because the voice over speaks at a high pace...
PrairiePirateYo 2 ай бұрын
I think that Americans know the country as Holland because that is what it has long been called on our maps, textbooks, and pop culture. Meanwhile, since I've immersed myself in Dutch language and culture over the past year, I've been wishing that this car-mad Midwestern city would implement a Dutch-inspired cycling and transit infrastructure. And it's happening! I'm discovering all kinds of urban streets with reduced car lanes, cycling bollards and dedicated bike lanes.
Tummytub 2 ай бұрын
I'm from the Netherlands and I have to say the tourist industry really makes tourists confused. We have a beautiful country with a lot of different cultural quirks James in a small package. But I recently saw they called the Zaanse Schans part of the Amsterdam Canal District. It definitely isn't! Also Utrecht is sometimes considered part of it. To me this makes no sense at all, because it's a very different system. While all beautiful and historically interesting. It's just the same as the difference in the US but just in a very small country down to the different accents and values. I guess because it's easy to get everywhere by bike instead of by car. As for the health care, everyone has a mandatory insurance making it significantly cheaper and you can add to your insurance to cover different needs. The whole thing is that even when healthcare is free it's always everyone who's paying for it. I have to say I'm no fan of the current commercialised system, it was supposed to make everything cheaper. Guess what, it didn't happen. Nursing homes and hospitals closed and the cost of insurance went way up.
George Kustner
George Kustner Ай бұрын
Holland is the trade name for The Netherlands. In the 17th century the economic power centers were the port cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam connecting the trade hubs of the a dutch empire. That is from Taiwan to Indonesia etc.
2Cartalkers Ай бұрын
The first 2 things that come to mind are tulips and Technivorm coffee makers; both make life a little more beautiful.
René Olthof
René Olthof 2 ай бұрын
On average the Dutch are way, way, way better informed about the US than vice versa, so there are far fewer misconceptions the Dutch have about the US. However, in my opinion the geographical latitude usually surprises most Dutch people. And I observed first hand that US citizens know even less about the Netherlands than my imagined lowest point...
Marcel Rombouts
Marcel Rombouts 2 ай бұрын
I'm curious what us cloggies manage to misconceive about the U.S.A. in spite of it's art/media footprint. If I had to describe my visit to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, I would say it was like being in a movie, which makes sense because so many movie scenes were shot there.
K0yagaming 2 ай бұрын
semi on-topic: when I went to Sydney and walked around Martin's place, I immediately recognised the Matrix's 'woman in red' scene..
Over Motoren
Over Motoren 2 ай бұрын
About the "Coffee shops": you should have seen the situation years ago. Nowadays it's been reduced to only sell whatever you want and nothing else. Before, you could also use and chill and before that most coffee shops would even have a license, making them basically cafés with an extra. And yes, that has consequences and yes, that's why things changed.
URBN CTRL 2 ай бұрын
Andre Utrecht
Andre Utrecht 2 ай бұрын
We Dutch call our country first and foremost Nederland (literally: Netherland) and we are Nederlanders.... Nederland is part of the Dutch Kingdom, or so you want the main center of it (there's not much left of the global kingdom).... kingdom = Koninkrijk in the Dutch language (two words are merged into the Dutch word Koninkrijk: 1. Koning (King) and 2. Rijk (realm))...... Nederland is officially then called the Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (Kingdom of the Netherlands).... the Netherlands used to be from Nederland to Belgium to Luxemburg.... Belgium and Luxemburg became independent... the province of North-Holland has the capital city of Amsterdam.... it is also the capital of the whole country because it is the biggest city.... the province of South-Holland has as its capital the city of Den Haag or the old fashioned name, also still in use: 's-Gravenhage (a merging of three words: des Graven's Hagen)... 'des' is old grammar, doesn't exist anymore in the official Dutch language, only in some remaining words.... des means: 'of the' ..... Graven comes from the Dutch word for Count: 'Graaf' .... hagen means 'hedges' .... so literally: Of The Count's Hedges.... the area's name started as 'Die Haghe' meaning a fenced off hunting terrain (probably natural hedges functioning as a fence).... then later Count Floris V built his 'hunting castle' there hence the name changed into 's-Gravenhage which became short 'Den Haag' (The Hague).... in English it would be more correct to call it The Hedge 😀.... Anyway.... Den Haag is the administrative centre of Nederland.... and it is where parliament is.... in other countries this would make Den Haag the capital city but the capital city in Nederland is the one with the most inhabitants.... and Amsterdam also probably became the capital city of the Netherlands because the brother of the French emperor Napoleon became King of the Netherlands and he turned the huge city hall on the Dam Square in Amsterdam into his Royal Palace (back then it was the biggest city hall in the world, this was seen as a symbol of the extreme equality between citizens and the upper classes, if you look at the building you see different entrances, all with the same hight and measurements: everyone entered this building through equal entrances)... King Louis Napoleon (Lodewijk Napoleon in Dutch) became the first factual King of the Netherlands..... the current Royal family always avoids mentioning this..... before this, Nederland was called the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands (google it, I'm already writing too much 😀.... The constitution of this Republic was a blue print for the creation of The United States of America and its own constitution).... an interesting fact is thus that the Netherlands were a Republic before it became a Kingdom (normally Kingdoms turn into republics after revolutions happening).... the ancestors of the current royal family had important political roles within this republic but there was no nobility in this country, this happened only after King Louis Napoleon left (or during his reign, not sure) .... and we have only been a Dutch Kingdom since 1815.... which is quite recent....Where were we? Okay yes, so the Provinces of North-Holland and South-Holland have always been the economical centre of the Netherlands, together with an important role for the Province of Utrecht, which for a longtime was a Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Utrecht (bigger than the current province of Utrecht)..... so products like the famous Delft Blue pottery were exported all around the world, and often on it was written: made in Holland (meaning the area of the two provinces).....hence it became synonymous for this whole republic, outside the country ...... still we also use interchangeably Holland for 'Nederland', the Netherlands.... although, especially in the last decades more and more, the people living outside the Randstad Area (Look-up Randstad in Wikipedia, the biggest megalopolis of Europe, and the economical heart of the country) become more aware of the differences between the word Holland and Nederland.... but during football matches people can still chant 'Hup Holland Hup!' (Go Holland Go!) when the national team is playing .... So, where am I? Did I explain already the why and how of the word Holland? I think yes no? Before I go on and on and on, taking many segways ....
Holly 2 ай бұрын
I'm so glad you called this out! It's so true that some KZbin channels make it seem like there are no cars, and that everyone only bikes, but my partner and I were very surprised at not only the amount of cars, but how they seem to be getting much bigger than they were 20 years ago. I hate seeing SUVs and trucks around because there isn't enough room for them in the dense city centers and neighborhoods. As for Europeans, I hate when they say Americans don't travel or see the world. It sounds a little elitest to me. Travel is a huge privilege in the U.S. that most Americans cannot afford, especially to Europe. Americans don't get that much time off of work (holidays and paid time off) and it takes 12 + hours just to get there which takes up a lot of their very limited time. It's not that Americans don't want to, it's that often, it isn't even a possibility.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
that’s true. it’s much more expensive and time consuming to travel from the US since it’s so isolated.
Maurits Janssen
Maurits Janssen 2 ай бұрын
I don't disagree with you, but it is in principle true everyone rides bikes here, just not all the time. I mean, there are more bikes then people and I literally don't know anyone (I'm Dutch) that doesn't ride a bike at least a few times a week. Cars are indeed getting bigger
H. Bergsma
H. Bergsma 2 ай бұрын
Many people own a car but use it only for longer distances. For local trips they use their bikes.
JLK 2 ай бұрын
Funny vlog, and no, as a dutchman I never visited a coffeeshop and I have no urge to do it also. For the bikething. Most of those youtubers are mostly focussed around Amsterdam which has the most strict policy’s on car’s and parking and stuf. Outside the bigger city’s most people own both a car and bicycle. Nice pineapple btw ☺️
Old Man Jim H
Old Man Jim H 2 ай бұрын
Worked all over the Netherlands for 3 months in 1982 (probably before you were born!!!). Some of the things that surprised me were people can't swim in the canals; you'll see people riding a bike on the highway and they're 30 miles from the city; old people were absolutely the friendliest but the young kids were kind of bratty. Now I was only in Amsterdam one day and few big cities, mostly countryside.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
some people swim in the river in rotterdam 😅
VDMOOLN 2 ай бұрын
Riding a bike on the highway is forbidden and dangerous now and in the 80’s
Old Man Jim H
Old Man Jim H 2 ай бұрын
@VDMOOLN country roads
Patricia Schluter
Patricia Schluter 2 ай бұрын
U cant swim in the canals, because they where used for sewers , and some houses still hve that, although that will(luckily) change in the near future
mimimotor 2 ай бұрын
Lately people started to swim in Amstel river because the house boats are no longer allowed to let their sewage out in the water. There are also swimming matches in the canals. I live near the Amstel river. My neighbours children now come in their swimming suit out of the house and go for a swim in the river.
Rob Roordink
Rob Roordink 2 ай бұрын
About misconceptions about the US. Until very recently I had the misconception based on myths that America was rich. But the myth was so strong that I only recently realized that city districts like the one in Hill Street Blues are very poor. So poor, they don’t exist in the Netherlands
Ezatoa Sunil
Ezatoa Sunil 2 ай бұрын
I've actually been to the America's twice. and I am a Dutch citizen. What's funny is how I've experienced it; A lot of things are MOSTLY the same. but there are these minor subtle differences in how things operate between the two countries that made it juuuust that tiiiny bit uncanny. Stuff like traffic lights being on the opposite side of the crossing, rather than the side you stop at, or how EVERYONE stopped me to say "I love your accent, where are you from?" Ive been to North Carolina twice, and I did enjoy it there. Most americans seem.. loud. but a lot of them were super friendly and cheerful. Seemingly super interested in my country. Although I did recieve some questions about it like the stereotypes listed in this video, the weirdest one I've ever recieved was "What is it like to live without electricity?"
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
haha what! do they think americans are the only ones with electricity?
Ezatoa Sunil
Ezatoa Sunil 2 ай бұрын
@buncharted Supposedly!
SIG442 2 ай бұрын
Being Dutch myself, I do own wooden clogs but I rarely use them. Just to take out the trash mostly.
Rebekka van den Brink
Rebekka van den Brink 2 ай бұрын
Nice video! And I'd like to address a topic. Well... I've watched a lot of video's about the US vs The Netherlands/Europe. But it only has lessened my respect for the US as a country. I'm curious... why should a Dutch person would want to live there? Are there any good reasons at all? Please make a video about that 😊 because I really want to know
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
well, we moved to the netherlands, so we might not be the best people to answer that question 😆😅
roy klein
roy klein 2 ай бұрын
I live in the far east of the Netherlands but I (and most of us here) do call the entire country holland and I also call myself a hollander. That whole thing just isn't an issue here and I do believe that counts for all the provinces outside "official Holland"... Expats are really the only ones I hear talking about this thing (and some mierenneukers...)
Marlies Boom
Marlies Boom 2 ай бұрын
Someone who is originally from the east, north or south of the Netherlands will never call her/himself a Hollander. You are very wrong about that. So I wonder if you really are someone from the east of the Netherlands or that you just live there.
Janzzen 2 ай бұрын
Achterhoeker of Tukker. Or whatever applies to your location. I live in Lobith and will never, ever call myself "Hollander"
roy klein
roy klein 2 ай бұрын
@Marlies Boom Ik ben zeker niet fout en zeker wel iemand 'echt'uit het oosten!
Marlies Boom
Marlies Boom 2 ай бұрын
@roy klein How nice that you are so sure you are not wrong. 👏 Good luck with that.
roy klein
roy klein 2 ай бұрын
@Marlies Boom dankjeee!!
Betsy TB
Betsy TB 2 ай бұрын
Hi, nice video. You wondered if it wasn't wrong that when you land at Schiphol, the captain says Welcome to Holland. The fact is that Amsterdam and Schiphol are in Holland. So technically it is good but it would have been better to say the Netherlands.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
ah, that’s a good point - it is technically true
ruben janssen
ruben janssen 2 ай бұрын
technicaly schiphol is holland
CroweDharmaReloaded 2 ай бұрын
Thoughts on America from a Dutchie: - Everything is Big (portions, drink sizes, cars) - Bad healthcare system - not easy biking/walking the neighbourhoods (no bikelanes and few walking paths, shopping and groceries by car in stead) - giant grocery stores (compared to here) - Lots of long distance bus lines - obligated tips at restaurants etc. - bad electrical power/grid (all lines above ground in stead of under ground like here. More sensitive to storms) - Not using the metric system - very patriotic (with the flags and pledge of allegiance)
Martijn Middel
Martijn Middel 2 ай бұрын
Love the video, do have some feedback. Hope you don't mind the directness. Most locals actually do buy their weed at the coffee shop. In Rotterdam there are almost 40 coffee shops. I bet most of them will be mainly frequented by people that live nearby. Oh and usually they do sell coffee. The Holland thing is confusing indeed. When I was young I'd tell people abroad that I'm from Holland - even though I lived near Groningen. When the national football (soccer) team plays we chant 'Holland Holland'. I don't think most Dutch people care or are aware of the difference - on KZbin this is made out to be a much bigger issue than I believe it really is. Also almost all car owners are bicycle owners as well. You kind of made it sound like it's either one or the other. Most people choose their mode of transportation based on which is the easiest for a specific task.
Kaylee van Duren
Kaylee van Duren Ай бұрын
Also, 'The Netherlands' is difficult to pronounce for most Dutch people, because of the 'th' in there. Using 'Holland' is more convenient in a way.
Harry's youtube
Harry's youtube Ай бұрын
'Most locals' which means the few people in the Netherlands that use weed/drugs. It's not a common thing for everyone. I personally don't know anyone who uses them. I'm not against it, but i don't have the urge.
Ronald Strous
Ronald Strous 2 ай бұрын
For that coffeeshop thing, I think you can buy harddrugs in US drugstores
D N 2 ай бұрын
Even when new housing is built here there are always, always canals of some sort build as well😊
RedstonerD 2 ай бұрын
Outside the biggest cities most cities still have coffeeshops. I definitely smelled more weed in new york than in Amsterdam, but a lot of Dutch people do smoke weed. It's especially popular with younger people
BruceKarrde 2 ай бұрын
On Prostitution: I'm not sure how it is for other provinces, however my province has some heavy influences from Belgium. Meaning that on older main roads and outside of city/towns, you can find some brothels.
Anniek 2 ай бұрын
Well look up Giethoorn, this village has no streets, only canals. How farther you go to the east and the south, the less canals in the city you have. There are a few in the east, but those are more trade related if the river doesnt accomodate. They are not as much used like the ones in Amsterdam to regulate the water with in the land. Actualy when you are landing in Holland if You are landing at schiphol airport, they are correct, because Schiphol is in North Holland.
Jacco van Schaik
Jacco van Schaik 2 ай бұрын
The reason that even Dutchies call the country Holland is (I think) because of those pesky two th sounds in The Netherlands. That's a real tongue-twister for a non-native English speaker. Much easier to just call it Holland.
Thebassjunk Ай бұрын
Holland IS just another name for the Netherlands, for foreigners as well as Dutch people. There's just quite a big rift in general between the "Randstad" and the "Provincie", which is every region outside of the Randstad. The Randstad is the economical, financial and political heart of the Netherlands. People in the Randstad generally feel they are above the Provincie because of the fact it's the most important and buzzing part of the country, while people in the Provincie feel like the Randstad gets all the benefits and drains most of their tax money. Cultural differences also play a big role in this, which is why a lot of people from outside of the Randstad are so against using the name "Holland". For such a small country, there's quite a big cultural and language difference between the different regions in this country, which in the end always results in a "Randstad vs. Provincie" mentality.
Hans Vuijst
Hans Vuijst 2 ай бұрын
The stereotypes for the USA: Everybody drives a truck, is ultra-christian, only speaks 1 language, Restaurant portions are oversized, Everybody spends all waking hours holding a drink or having a drink under grabbing distance, AIRCO is set just above freezing tempêratures, Everybody wears either jeans or sweatpants, McDonalds is called a restaurant, nobody eats home cooked food AND LAST : Money rules above every one and everything. Ahhh and every one house and car has the American flag in one form or the other 😛
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
haha those are uh… all true 😅
Ronald de Rooij
Ronald de Rooij 2 ай бұрын
Spot on, and they only have a very vague idea about the rest of the world. They know it somehow exists, that's it.
Metal Videos
Metal Videos 2 ай бұрын
Money does rule in America. It's, a fact
xandrios 2 ай бұрын
Most cities have few canals. It’s mainly the ones in North/South Holland that do.
mimimotor 2 ай бұрын
Don't forget Friesland though.
Gee Ache
Gee Ache 2 ай бұрын
I am already happy when they know it exists and where to find it on a map.
2Cartalkers Ай бұрын
Bravo to you two! Do either of you speak Dutch? If no, how do you get by with the language barrier?
buncharted Ай бұрын
we're working on it! we tried duolingo and a dutch course on youtube, but it's been challenging. we're taking an in-person dutch course this summer! we haven't found much of a barrier language-wise, except for maybe with a doctor, since it's a more specific vocabulary...
2Cartalkers Ай бұрын
@buncharted Maybe this will help, do what I did when I went to Italy---total immersion. Drop yourself into a Dutch speaking only community and go for it. I did that in Italy and at the end of a month I was fairly fluent. I was also much older than you two, I did it when I was 51, so at your age you should be little language sponges. lol.
Diewertje Eitjes
Diewertje Eitjes 2 ай бұрын
When I think about USA as a Dutch person, I think about: - Everything is big, bigger, biggest - People are not financially literate - Loud - Nationalists - Workaholics Curious to see the video!
forkless 2 ай бұрын
The Netherlands can colloquially be called Holland the term is interchangeable however as of Jan 1, 2021 you no longer can in any official use. ps. I know that I have fellow countrymen that will flip their lid equating Holland to The Netherlands they are however simply wrong. It is a figure of speech known as a pars pro toto, somewhat similar to the totem pro parte that is being used for America when actually referring to the United States of America.
H. Bergsma
H. Bergsma 2 ай бұрын
We should becareful not to generalize too much about the USA. It's a very big country with a lot of differentation. And because it's so big many Americans never cross a border and therefore think that the whole world is like the USA. We in the Netherlands cannot not drive for more than 300 kms in one direction without crossing a border and are therefore more aware of the outside world. (most of us! 😉)
Cyriel Martens
Cyriel Martens 2 ай бұрын
oh dear, I need to catch up with your videos haha. Very nice to see this one though. I DO understand the whole holland/Netherlands things. I think most people (And from South/North Holland) always called it like that. But lately there has been a bit of pushback by other people don't like it be called "Holland". So it's very hard for Americans (or others) to really understand what it is actually called. As for my misconception about the USA. When I was younger, I really thought lots of America would carry guns in the streets. And that most of it was like the Marlbolo ads hahaha. Now I have visited the US 4 times, and I have a pretty good idea about what it's like, on the surface at least :D
F vanBussel
F vanBussel 2 ай бұрын
Stereotypes: 1. The USA is slowly turning into a sort of "Gilead" from "The Handmaid's Tale" A Hulu TV drama series based on the novel of the same name by author Margaret Atwood.
Frank Heuvelman
Frank Heuvelman 2 ай бұрын
Hee, kunnen jullie bij 'n volgende bezoek aan Amerika aan mensen op straat of in 'n mall vragen wat ze weten over Nederland? Als ze al iets weten. Volgens mij kan dat heel hilarisch uitpakken. Kunnen wij ook eens lachen. Vraag ze alleen niet waar ons land ligt op de wereldkaart. Dan lachen we onszelf dood.
Frank Heuvelman
Frank Heuvelman 2 ай бұрын
Wist je trouwens dat Nederland het eerste land ter wereld was dat Amerika erkende als een soevereine staat? Yep. Altijd progressief, die Hollanders.
Lucas Dekker
Lucas Dekker 2 ай бұрын
Hey! I am Dutch and to answer your question at the end, here are some things we think about the US - Buying and Driving a car is cheap - Buying a house or huge peaces of land is relatively cheap compared to what we would pay for that in the Netherlands - Americans are always proud about their country - Most Americans only know America, maybe a few other countries like China and Russia but their knowledge about the rest of the world is very little. - Airplanes are a common way to travel, instead of a train or a car - Fat people - Guns
Ferr 2 ай бұрын
Oh, but most coffeeshops DO sell coffee, you can sit down and have a good time, and they also happen to sell other stuff as well that gets the attention just a bit more ;)
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
i guess it’s obvious we haven’t been to one 😆
Marc Everaarts
Marc Everaarts 2 ай бұрын
My question for the US and stereotypes would be: It's often heard here in the US you are basically born a republican or democrate (because of parents/family neighbourhood) and you practically stay that way your whole life. Is there any truth to that ? Do people switch sides during their life ? And what about being neutral, is that even a thing in the US ?
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
ooooh this is a really good one!!
Jacob Roberts
Jacob Roberts 2 ай бұрын
I would like to live in the Netherlands, because the law guarantees 20 days of vacation from work per year. The law also guarantees worker rights. In the United States employeers can abuse workers with impunity.
Bert Veening
Bert Veening 2 ай бұрын
About KLM landing in Holland, it is actually true, just take a map and look up the location of Schiphol ;)
Ben Tels
Ben Tels 2 ай бұрын
06:00 Minor correction: prostitution was never illegal in The Netherlands. Up to 2001 it was illegal to own or operate a bordello -- that prohibition was rescinded. And yes, it was like saying hard liquor is okay but bottles are forbidden.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
ah, ha! thank you for the clarification!
Jack van der Sluis
Jack van der Sluis 2 ай бұрын
Very informing vlog! and funny! 😊👍
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
thank you!
NLX78 2 ай бұрын
On the number of coffeeshops, and it being way less than Amsterdam, has to do with the government we had in the early 2000s mostly with the Christian party CDA being the largest in multiple coalitions from 2002 / 2010 with governments Balkenende I to IV. It used to be ~150 total throughout the city.They seized their opportunity and pushed for closing down many of them throughout the country. But also after that era there's been a lot of discussion. Border cities like Venlo, Breda, Tilburg, Maastricht, Eindhoven, Terneuzen, Roosendaal, Enschede etc, were fed up with drug tourists and moved them out of city centers or closed them. Rotterdam being just 20 minutes from Breda, saw the moving tourists not bothered with an extra half hour from the North of France or South of Belgium, so they too closed down back then. Later followed by a desciscion to only sell to Dutch nationals with a 'wietpas', which ultimately failed to get into law. For Rotterdam, in 2004 or 2005 they closed down a prostitution area, resulting in having women in uncontrolled spaces being more at risk. Banning apparently helps people not doing that anymore I guess. What a wonderful solution! Same with shops. I get the fact that it's not great to have them near schools, but certainly now, the checks to make sure you are 18 are really looked after unlike my own youthn in the 80s and 90s. Another thing was that the Dutch IRS would look way more into how much weed was in stock, how much cash was made and any violation would result in suspending of the license for a month or three to permanent closure. Which would also result in coffeeshop chains where the owner was faulty for a thing at shop 1, shop 2 and 3 would also be closed. Some translated news headlines: - 2007: On the night of Thursday to Friday, the Rotterdam City Council approved the closure of 27 coffee shops. These are too close to schools in special and secondary education, and secondary vocational education. The measure goes into effect January 1, 2009. We talk about this with Karen Duys, chairman of the CDA party in the Rotterdam City Council, with SP party chairman Theo Cornelissen and with Myranda Bruin, spokesperson VRCO (Association Rotterdam Coffeeshop Entrepreneurs). - 2017: In recent years, 16 coffee shops have closed because they were located near schools. Recently, two coffee shops also had to close because a school moved into the area afterwards. Positive news: - 2021 Since there were 38 coffee shops in Rotterdam at the beginning of 2016, it can be said that the market was more or less balanced. For the year 2021, Ecorys expects that 38 to 39 coffee shops will then be needed in Rotterdam. If tourists are included, 46 to 47 coffee shops will be needed. - A weed pass was a proof of membership (club card) that, until November 19, 2012, was required in the three southernmost provinces of the Netherlands for admission to a coffee shop. By tightening the tolerance criteria, a coffee shop had to become a closed club, i.e. a club where only members are admitted (closed-club criterion, B-criterion). The coffee shop operator had to keep a verifiable list of members. The number of members of a coffee shop was limited to 2000, although a different maximum number of members was negotiable with the ministry.
NLX78 2 ай бұрын
Addition: Both in national and local politics, that party was the/among largest and this was one of their issues that had to be looked at and compromise (they know that abortion is useless to demand for instance) being Christian.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
this is super interesting - thank you for writing this up!!
pat korre
pat korre 2 ай бұрын
starting watching your vids since last week. and i, simply, like it. First of all i work for the city of Rotterdam. Now, i haven't seen all your vids, so, try the real Dutch food? Not the fastfood like kroketten or frikandellen and so on. I mean traditonal food. Like, boerenkool, zuurkool, zuurvlees, hutspot. Keep up the joy and good work, maybe, who knows we will meet some day. Thanks for the joy and effort. Greetz Patrick
Daniel Ockeloen
Daniel Ockeloen 2 ай бұрын
The difference between usa and dutch healthcare is 'free' from money stress... Thats the important part i had 3 fam members who i had to support and issues myself. Lots of health issues came up but never was 'stress' of money part of the issue in fact we have seen very little bills and i have no idea what it all costs. But yes you do have to pay a good amount to get covered but that in itself doesn't lead to the stress and if you are unable to pay you can get help for that too. Its not about free but about being humane and sharing costs so you have one less worry going through touch times.
Vogel 2 ай бұрын
Holland vs. the Netherlands. That 's not self inflicted! It's just 4 cities in Holland that are unaware that there actually is a world outside city limits. For them the city, Holland, the Netherlands is all the same thing. To them there is the city and THE province (no 's' there!!!). The other 10 provinces are extremely annoyed by these failed cities.
Bert Overweel
Bert Overweel 2 ай бұрын
He guy's , I am a 70 year old Dutchman and never used drugs , all tows and villages have canals in the western part of the Netherlands , but they are also called "singels" . Groetjes
dan 2 ай бұрын
As a dutchie, i have to say, when i meet someone and i tell them im dutch, their question is, Oh do you speak german? i cannot articulate how ANNOYING that gets, it absolutly aggitates me xD
Nellie Hamstra
Nellie Hamstra 2 ай бұрын
As a kid I watched series as Dallas, Dynasty, Man off Atlantic. And Walt Disney films. That’s how I thouched Amerika was like.
Tuinieren op strobalen
Tuinieren op strobalen 2 ай бұрын
You can buy coffee in coffeeshops😂 a good combination with greens!
Edwin Vossen
Edwin Vossen 2 ай бұрын
These are the stereotypes I have of Americans and of America (little disclaimer: I know that there are of course many exceptions and that there are also States where things are viewed much differently): 1. Americans love America above all else. They think it is the largest country in the world (it’s not), with the most inhabitants (not true) and that most people speak English (also not true). 2. In addition: Americans don’t know where any other country is on the map. Some Americans may not even know where the different continents are. 3. And point 2 is because the education for Americans is not really good (unless you put yourself in debt and pay an absurd amount of money) 4. Americans love guns. No matter how many school shootings or how much gun violence takes place, they shouldn't take guns from Americans. 5. If you are rich in America, you have a good life. But if something goes wrong (for example if you fall ill or are fired) then you are on your own. 6. Everything is about money: from the hospitals, schools, etc. If you pay enough, you will get the best. Otherwise not. 7. Americans are generally very fat. And that's because they generally don't know how to cook a good meal, but mostly eat out. Again, these are some solid stereotypes. Although I also know that there are Americans who certainly do not meet this requirement. But I am very curious to see which of these stereotypes are correct and which are not.
Rinke Timmerman
Rinke Timmerman 2 ай бұрын
I'm always so annoyed at tourists smoking weed in my town, whilst trying to look cool. Reality check it looks silly and the smell is a nuisance to others.
Joost Prins
Joost Prins 2 ай бұрын
You have Amsterdam within the canals, which is the centre and the only part where the tourists come, but it’s only a small part of Amsterdam and in the rest you don’t see a lot of canals, at least not old ones. Entering Dutch airspace, and you do land in Holland, North-Holland to be exact, but is part of the Netherlands. Prostitution was made legal because of the only reason we Dutch want it to make it legal, taxes.
Irene E
Irene E 2 ай бұрын
I hate to disappoint you on the topic of red light districts outside of Amsterdam, as they do exist in other cities such as Groningen, Utrecht, Leiden, Maastricht. It's not all/mostly escort-type of prostitution outside of the capital city.. there can be window shopping done there too
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
no disappointment here :) we appreciate the insight! we were saying that amsterdam was where that *really* exists. the other red light districts that we looked up are either quite a bit smaller or had recently closed.
Irene E
Irene E 2 ай бұрын
@buncharted just before covid I was visiting a friend in Groningen (I'm an Amsterdammer btw) and while strolling i the city we came through "nieuwstad", a narrow street in the city centre of about 300m with 95 prostitution windows with red lights both sides of the street...
Stephanick 2 ай бұрын
A few other cities have or used to have red light windows like The Hague, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Groningen and probably a few more i dont know about
Michaël Pattiruhu
Michaël Pattiruhu 2 ай бұрын
I was wondering: is it not considered rude in the U.S. to eat with your mouth open? (since I see it a lot in American tv shows)
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
people that eat with their mouth open drive me nuts 😬
Frits Siewers
Frits Siewers 2 ай бұрын
The name Holland is/was used by a marketing agency in the Netherlands to promote the Netherlands Best regards Frits
Atro Patene
Atro Patene 2 ай бұрын
For children under 18, there's no premium nor is there any eigen risico. But also this year, the tax surcharge for the lowest income is higher than the price of basic insurance. So for example: my inlaws are in the lowest income bracket. They receive €154 per month in surcharge per person, and they pay €131 a month in insurance per person. In addition, through their municipality they got to join a program that pays an extra €45 for extra insurance (a help in the household is now covered, for example). My mother in law has a few ailments and she usually uses up her eigen risico every year. That's €385 per year, so €32 a month. In effect, she pays €9 a month for health insurance. Her partner makes €23 euros a month off health insurance (if he stays healthy and doesn't need to use it). This is done to soften the blow of the insane inflation. They also get extra high rent surcharge this year for the same reason. So... this year is different and some people actually do have free healthcare and then some. And also: the most annoying misconception about the Netherlands from Americans? They think we're Denmark. And also, what I think of for Americans: they're all into their "heritage". They'll tell you they're Polish, Irish, Italian, whatever. But only because of some great great grandparent was once born there. And then they simultaniously want to be from "murica the greatest nation there ever was and ever will be" AND be "Irish haha kiss me I'm Irish luck of the Irish". And they treat their "ancestral countries" like some theme park made especially for them.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
this is so insightful - and so hard for me to look up online! thank you for writing this up!!
Atro Patene
Atro Patene 2 ай бұрын
@buncharted if you want to know stuff like this for future videos, I'd be happy to help. As I'm sure many other viewers would be.
Dantalion 2 ай бұрын
Plenty of dutch people smoke weed, perhaps not regularly but atleast like once a month. I myself smoke but thats for 2 reasons, 1 is recreationally because I barely consume alcohol so its a way to relieve stress for me and 2 It helps me with my sleep issues.
Seine Hakkers
Seine Hakkers 2 ай бұрын
Question: Is everybody in the US in Therapy? I hear It so often, that I start to think that. One of the misconseptions that start to grow maybe?
DutchDread 2 ай бұрын
The technicality of weed being illegal in the netherlands is such bs. I hate the tolerance policy, I don't partake myself so it really doesn't affect me but just the concept of the tolerance policy annoys me. It feels like a way to exert pressure on people in case they ever step out of line. Just make it 100% legal, everyone treats it as legal, no one takes the tolerance policy seriously, they should just officially say "yeah, it's legal, I don't know what we were thinking".
R Myikzelf
R Myikzelf Ай бұрын
Regarding Holland..... we use it interchangingly ourselves too. Just look at supporters of the national soccer team sporting HOLLAND scarfs, flags and chants.
René Bakx
René Bakx 2 ай бұрын
After 2 hours online of this video there was already a reaction video of it? That was fast. 😆
Baritone Ай бұрын
I do go to coffee shops sometimes but when I am about to have a 4 day weekend and I want to get a real good night + long sleep to start it off well
SPYKERHARD 2 ай бұрын
One day, when I was a tourist and walked near the Coolsingel street and kind of lost, there a was very friendly, smiling, shiny, handsome and sexy Dutch Japanese police officer, by the name of Hiroki Alexia Naoki Ish.kawa, 😘 saved me. After a short meeting I knew a little of the history of the Netherlands. Some years ago, in the year of 1806 - 1810, the name of the country was The Royal Kingdom of Holland.
John B
John B 2 ай бұрын
Fun fact, Health care in the Netherlands is 100% privatized. So it doesn't have those "socialist" variants that USA has :)
Cmx Arts
Cmx Arts 2 ай бұрын
My misconceptions (probably) about the USA: - Everyone (lets say over 50% of the population) uses a lot(daily) of drugs, they self-prescribe the drugs, half of those is hooked on meth, fentanyl other opioids - Over 50% of the population is obese - Over 50% has a gun in their household. And everyone knows at least 1 person with a gun - You work to pay for upcoming expenses incase you end up in a hospital - If you end up in a hospital you have to sue people to cover the costs. - You always worry about ending up in a hospital - People don't walk in the USA (to get around or casually) - Kids aren't allowed to play outside unsupervised
Kijara van der Wal
Kijara van der Wal 2 ай бұрын
Stereotype I have about the USA: Every highschool is exactly like High School Musical, with cheerleaders and the basketball-playing-guys
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
and the sudden singing and dancing 😅
Friso S
Friso S Ай бұрын
I think as a dutch person that: most Americans have a gun. Politics have become dangerously polarized (risk of another civil war?). Americans are way more patriotic than us. I think Americans are more ambitious than us, and thus more successful.
RenevW 2 ай бұрын
Hi, love your channel. Im a typical dutch guy, but i drive my car almost every day (yes i own several bikes for things to do within lets say 5 km), i Never gone to the prostitutes, I Never used drugs. The whole reason why there is legal drugs and prostitution is TAXES. And a little bit: you now know what you buy, so the quality is more guaranteed, so less underground activities, and healthcare is not free. We all pay a fee around 150 to 200 euro's per month.
buncharted 2 ай бұрын
we’re huge proponents of legalized cannabis and prostitution for this exact reason! in addition to the tax benefit, it also regulates the industries, which makes them a heck of a lot safer for those involved and those partaking. thanks for watching!
Peter Jaro
Peter Jaro 29 күн бұрын
Do you have a video about who you are? Would you let us (your KZbin fans) know a little bit about you? Did you grow up in a city or a farm for example? Do you have 8 sisters and brothers or are you the only child? Did you meet at High School? Are you Coke or Pepsi fan's? (That is ofcourse the most important question). What was your number one toy? (LEGO, Tamaguchi, My little Pony). Are you morning- or evenìng people? Are there any food types around the world you do NOT like? (I like the Caribbean for ex, but can't stand fish-patties... I don't know why). Are you savers or spenders? ...just a few questions like these.
buncharted 29 күн бұрын
we have a bit of a Q&A in our "six months in the netherlands" video, but we're about to do another Q&A video soon - we'll add these to the list! thank you!
Ramon Schliszka
Ramon Schliszka 2 ай бұрын
It’s a misconception that healthcare is paid for by our combined health care insurance premiums. It is funded for a large part by the gouvernement who in its turn raises taxes to pay for all this. So although healthcare on the whole might be cheaper here compared to the USA it’s not as cheap as you might think.
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