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Culture in the Netherlands

More conservative expatriates may encounter culture shock in the Netherlands because the Dutch are among the most liberal people on the planet. Prostitution is legal and controlled in Amsterdam's red-light districts, and it is freely shown. Though marijuana is officially prohibited, it is decriminalized for personal use in some sections of the nation and sold in coffee shops.

The Dutch language might be the most difficult barrier to overcome. Locals are frequently bilingual, but unless you know some Dutch, you may feel alone. Once you've mastered the language, you'll notice that the locals become more kind, helpful, and encouraging. Making new acquaintances, on the other hand, might be challenging, especially if you don't speak Dutch. It helps to have an open mind and a good sense of humor.

In the Netherlands, there is a strong secular ethic, and most people feel that religion should not have a part in politics. As a result, if you are religious and come from a religious nation, you may face some cultural shock. Nonetheless, all religions are welcome and respected in the Netherlands, and it is easy to locate a group with similar values.