5 things you won’t miss if you leave the Netherlands

After I first got here to dwell within the lowlands, I didn’t know simply what number of surprises awaited me (all types of them, clearly).

I all the time attempt to search for the optimistic elements of life, however I’ll admit that part of me has a tough time attempting to show not-so-great issues round.

These are among the issues that I discover fairly… effectively, let’s simply say that they really haven’t grown on me over time regardless of my finest efforts.

(Maybe you received’t agree — and that’s okay! However keep in mind it takes braveness to be sincere, even only for issues of opinion 😉 You may share yours within the feedback beneath!)

1. The Dutch’s horrible driving abilities

This was fairly a shocker. The preconceived concept I had in regards to the Dutch was principally that:

  • they had been law-abiding residents,
  • everybody adopted the foundations,
  • nobody dared to face out for “considering exterior the field”,

And oh boy, was I flawed.

Let’s use parking for example. I do know parking doesn’t come straightforward for everybody, however the first 10 occasions I noticed a automobile going straight over the sidewalk simply so they might sneak right into a parking spot with out too many manoeuvres, effectively… I knew issues weren’t fairly like I had imagined.

The story goes on as a result of as soon as the driving force manages to park, it’s clear that they don’t care a lot about tires (regardless of how costly they may be!) as a result of they depart them perched precariously on the sidewalk gutter — as a result of everyone is aware of that is a superb option to protect them. 😉

2. The odor of weed hovering within the air

The truth that shopping for and possession of marijuana are decriminalized to purchase weed within the Netherlands is forward-thinking. It means everyone seems to be free to do as they please and all sounds very good — till you discover your nostrils invaded with sickly-sweet fumes once you flip a nook in your option to the grocery store.

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Nothing towards weed — however the odor might be all-consuming. Picture: Aline Rosanova/Depositphotos

After I go to the park with my son and he’s fortunately enjoying on the swings or happening the slide, the very last thing I would like for him to odor is weed. So far as I do know, smoking it in public areas is forbidden, however that doesn’t appear to cease many individuals (simply one other instance of the foundations being bent).

3. The Dutch strategy to healthcare

This is likely one of the most contentious factors for internationals within the Netherlands, however like the whole lot in life, it is dependent upon what you evaluate it.

In my case, I loved common healthcare in Spain at no cost (you pay along with your taxes clearly), however completely no further medical insurance vital. As well as, if you’ll want to go to a specialist, you may simply ebook an appointment and not using a referral (suppose routine gynaecologist checkup, paediatrician, and so forth.).

After I arrived within the Netherlands it was not straightforward to wrap my head round having to go to a GP for the whole lot and, on prime of that, solely getting paracetamol prescriptions (I should buy that within the grocery store, thanks very a lot!).

Backside line, I’ll by no means get used to the Dutch healthcare system, interval.

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The cure-all of the Netherlands. Picture: Dutch Overview/Canva

4. The staggering value of daycare

What’s up with the price of daycare on this nation? Certain, when your baby turns 4 training is free and apparently superior, however what do you do for the primary 4 years? Making use of for childcare allowance (kinderopvangtoeslag) may assist (when you qualify), however what when you have a couple of child?

I see households with two or three kids operating round and the one attainable rationalization I can consider is that they’re all millionaires. It’s straightforward to see why virtually nobody makes use of daycare 5 days per week.

Very similar to a sport of Tetris, you’ll want to desperately discover childcare on your 32 hour work weeks, padding it with a day the place the grootouders (grandparents) will help out and, in fact, make use of papadag (a day the place the dad ought to care for the children). With out these extras, having kids is just not sustainable for the frequent middle-class household.

5. That rattling Dutch climate

Apparent? Possibly. Nonetheless necessary? For positive! Whereas completely different folks have completely different requirements on the subject of measuring the standard of life in a rustic, for me, climate performs an enormous half in that course of.

Whereas I don’t thoughts the chilly, including within the excessive humidity (my hair has gone from straight to what the hell?), savage wind, and fixed (generally out of nowhere) rain makes a really exhausting time adjusting to the Dutch lifestyle.

For sure, including a motorcycle within the midst of that insanity is full madness (I’ve seen some fairly nasty falls, ouch!). The climate is a tough move for me. Because of this, I spend numerous time indoors, rather more than I would really like.


Now that it’s off my chest, I remind myself that life is about steadiness. The optimistic issues about dwelling on this land outweigh the detrimental ones. Nonetheless, the lifetime of a world within the Netherlands might be undoubtedly exhausting.

What are among the issues you wouldn’t miss when you left the Netherlands? Inform us within the feedback beneath!

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