How to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Netherlands (like a true Dutchie)

It’s V-Day, you’re courting a Dutchie and undecided what to do or to get for Valentine’s day? The reply might be simpler than you assume: nothing. Or possibly a card. Listed here are some concepts to have a good time Valentine’s Day within the Netherlands like a real Dutchie.

From what I hear from individuals round me, there appears to be an previous fame that sticks to the Dutch as being romantic. Having an enormous coronary heart and a way of generosity is a superb attribute in any relationship. Time to earn some brownie factors so later you’ll be able to say “yeah however keep in mind Valentine’s day? Fairly nice proper?”

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The Dutch and courting, what’s all of it about? Picture: StockSnap/Pixabay.
Seeing {couples} stroll their canine within the park, kissing on a bridge over the canal — hey, the Dutch are typically the alternative of romantic. Though I’ve excessive hopes for this yr, everybody has an opportunity to point out their associate what they actually imply.
If Valentine’s day isn’t your favorite day ever, you wouldn’t be the primary to get it mistaken.
Identified reality: the Dutch usually are not the largest followers of Valentine’s day. (Okay, no disgrace). Numbers don’t lie: one out of 5 Dutchies celebrates it. And 90 p.c of all of them take into account it’s a business factor, an obligation relatively than a celebration.

How are you going to shock your Dutch Valentine?

So let’s say you’re courting a kind of out of 5 that benefit from the celebration. You don’t wish to do something too main however you additionally don’t need it off your radar fully. What are you speculated to get? Can love be present in materials issues? Even the tiniest iota of thought makes the reward memorable.


Roughly 57 p.c of Dutch companions supply playing cards on Valentine’s Day (in case your lover will get you a card, hey chill out, it’s simply how they do it right here!). Second to a card? Flowers, flowers from the market, flowers from the shop, even the flower-shop itself (no matter, they’re all flowers and so they’re all yours).
Nonetheless, the place the French or the English would possibly give their Valentine pink roses, the Dutch are extra into blended bouquets, maintain it elegant and vibrant, simply serving to you set your expectations.
You possibly can nonetheless go for candies or wine (you’d nonetheless be an incredible Valentine), however your reward ought to keep round 15 euros, the common that the Dutch spend on Valentine’s day. However you is perhaps part of the fortunate two p.c who get presents price extra, who is aware of?

Say it with flowers

Should you’re a florist then today is if you rake in all that candy cash. The quantity of pre-orders for flowers in huge main as much as V-day. In keeping with Royal FloraHolland, they promote a ton extra flowers within the early weeks in February than another time.
Cash jumps from 80 million euros to a whopping 125 million euros in flower gross sales throughout the Netherlands. A juicy enterprise that makes plenty of valentines joyful in Germany, the UK, and France, as they’re the largest export locations.

Enjoyable issues to do on Valentine’s Day within the Netherlands

If you wish to do one thing slightly particular for V-day, there’s a number of issues you would do. For one thing slightly extra additional, make a journey to the Dutch seaside, like Scheveningen, the place we’ve compiled an entire listing of actions that you would plan to your valentine.

You possibly can additionally attempt going out. Now we have loads of solutions for you right here on DutchReview. Should you’re within the temper for one thing slightly low-key, attempt cooking one thing. Perhaps even go Dutch?;)

Should you’re nonetheless on the look-out to your Valentine, there’s loads of ways in which you will discover love within the Netherlands this yr. And let’s not underestimate self-care; deal with yo-self to a pleasant time as an alternative of another person.

In case you are planning on going to the restaurant, I hope you considered making a reservation: the Dutch won’t spend essentially the most on presents, however they certain get pleasure from a pleasant dinner date.

Coronavirus replace: After all, this yr, all eating places and cafés are closed. You possibly can nonetheless order takeaway although!

Listed here are another attention-grabbing articles to tug at your Dutch or expat heartstrings:

Neuken in de keuken – most Dutchies happy with their intercourse life

A Romantic Time in Scheveningen

Relationship within the Netherlands: 6 issues about courting the Dutch

What are your plans this Valentine’s day? Will you be celebrating in any respect? Inform us your ideas within the feedback beneath! 

Characteristic Picture: sonming4/Pixabay.
Editor’s Observe: This text was initially revealed in February 2019 and was totally up to date in February 2021 to your studying pleasure! 

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