The culture of the Netherlands is diverse, reflecting regional differences as well as the foreign influences built up by centuries of the Dutch people’s mercantile and explorative spirit. The Netherlands and its people have long played an important role as center of cultural liberalism and tolerance. The Dutch Golden Age is popularly regarded as its zenith.
The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, spoken by almost all people in the Netherlands
- The Dutch are reserved and formal when dealing with outsiders.
- They are private people and do not put their possessions or emotions on display.
- Self-control is seen to be a virtue.
- The Dutch do not ask personal questions and will refuse to answer should you be foolish enough to intrude on their privacy.
- Personal life is kept separate from business.
- If a friendship develops at work and is carried into the personal arena, this camaraderie will not be brought into the office.
- Personal matters are not discussed with friends, no matter how close.