Second quarter 2014: house prices in your area (Photo: ANP)
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Second quarter 2014: house prices in your area

The average house price rose in the months of April, May and June by 3.5 percent, according to the Dutch Association of Real Estate Agents NVM (Nederlandse Vereniging van Makelaars). But what is happening concerning house prices in your…
Primary school in the Netherlands (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Primary school in the Netherlands

Compulsory education under Dutch law applies to children of all nationalities from 5 to 18 years who are residing in the Netherlands. Primary school starts at the age of four and is obligatory from five years old. In this article a basic explanation…
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26 Places to Visit Before you Die

Last month online magazine Architecture & Design has made a ranking of their 26 Places to Visit Before you Die. 2 of them are in the Netherlands, very close: Amsterdam and Lisse. Such gorgeous places... I have visited some, others are…
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Amsterdam 11th in worldwide quality of life index

According to Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, Amsterdam's quality of live has improved, coming in 11th overall in the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living rankings. Previously, the city reached the 12th place.  The Quality of Living Survey Mercer’s Quality…
Belgians drink the most on holiday (Photo: Ibiza.nl)
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Belgians drink the most on holiday

With an average of 3.7 drinks per day, Belgians are the biggest drinkers among European holidaymakers.  This results from a study conducted by the travel website Zoover, surveying 4.000 Europeans from 10 different countries. Dutch…
Spain is hot and trending (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Spain is hot and trending

"Spain" was in the last weeks of July Trending Topic on Twitter. That is not surprising, because the country welcomed the first half of this year a record number of 28 million tourists. The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism…
Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest

Haarlem tops the list of expensive terraces. This results from its annual survey of the best places to drink a beer or glass of wine in the summer sunshine, the Telegraaf says. The cheapest café terraces in the Netherlands are in Nijmegen. The…
Beer Sommelier: "Beer tastes better tepid than cold" (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Beer Sommelier: "Beer tastes better tepid than cold"

Social media are filled by complaints about tepid beer. The beers would be served at much higher temperatures than the ideal five degrees. But according to beer sommelier Gijs Troost it's not so bad as the drink is slightly warmer. The…
5 differences between the Dutch girl you date and marry
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5 differences between the Dutch girl you date and marry

I recently received a message from a reader. “Shallow Man, I’ve been dating a Dutch girl for 18 months now, my family likes her and I’m thinking of asking her to become my wife, I know that a lot of Dutch people just live together and…
Dutch population not getting enough sleep
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Dutch population not getting enough sleep

Many people in the Netherlands are not sleeping well. According to a study by NSWO, the Dutch sleep research organisation, almost one in two people are dissatisfied with the amount of sleep they get. NSWO conducted a sleep study in honour…
Cito scores 2014: Compare schools in your municipality (Photo: RTL Nieuws)
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Cito scores 2014: Compare schools in your municipality

RTL Nieuws has made a calculation tool to compare the final Cito test scores of elementary schools in each municipality. Look at the chart on the RTL Nieuws website RTL Nieuws gave each school a score. If you type in their tool the name…
Dag van nationale rouw (Photo: Politico Magazine)

Dag van nationale rouw

Today in the Netherlands is the "dag van nationale rouw | memorial day" for the victims of the MH17 air crash. On Saturday on my facebook page I wrote the following: For my Dutch speaking followers the article below pretty much articulates…
The Oranje General (Photo Daily Mail)
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The Oranje General

I am not a huge football fan but do like to watch it during the World Cup.. and why not, Holland has a great team and it's fun to support them. I just recently found out about a guy that watches a lot more about football than I do. He is called…
An interview with Sinterklaas (Photo: Rodi)
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An interview with Sinterklaas

The Shallow Man recently had the dubious honor of interviewing the world’s angriest not black man, Zwarte Piet. Like many of his supporters, I found him to be very emotional, irrational and downright aggressive. There were a number of questions…
An interview with Zwarte Piet (Photo: de Volkskrant)
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An interview with Zwarte Piet

The Shallow Man, in his never ending quest to fulfil the requests of his readers, went to great efforts to secure an interview with the man who is a hero to so many Dutch children. A man, that to many represents the very essence of Dutch culture,…
Best Pool of the Year Election (Photo: ANP)
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Best Pool of the Year Election

Summer! And that means (hopefully) nice weather. Time to look where the best outdoor pools are located. The annual Best Pool of the year Election has started again. After the first round two winners by province will be elected. The first…
How to fit into Dutch society, have a home birth (Photo: Sofeminine)
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How to fit into Dutch society, have a home birth

The Shallow Man, after ten years in the Netherlands has learned many things about the Nederlandse samenleving. One of the things that has puzzled both myself and many other expats is why Dutch women are so loud. There have been many theories…
All Dutchies speak English (Photo: Front Page Mag)

All Dutchies speak English

Is this true? According to Jakub Marian: almost fully true. Jakub Marian made an interesting Map of European Union competency in English based on this 2012 Eurobarometer report (the data are from 2012, so Croatia is not included).   Jakub…
'Zwarte Piet will disappear from the NLs' (Photo: Geen Stijl)

"Zwarte Piet will disappear from the NLs"

July, full Summer period, temperatures higher than 20 degrees... not to mention wars, disasters, the economic crisis and the World Cup... Nevertheless the discussion around Zwarte (Black) Piet, the servant of Sinterklaas, is one of the topics…
Are Italian men the worst flirters in Europe? (photo: Runawaycook)
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Are Italian men the worst flirters in Europe?

The Shallow Man recently read an article on the expatsHaarlem website called “are Dutch men the worst lovers in Europe?”  I found this a bit rich, considering that the author of the post is from Italy. Using the same lazy and subjective…
Netherlands v Chile, simulated
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Netherlands v Chile, simulated

Netherlands v Chile: can't wait for the real match? Check out this simulated version...
Are Dutch men the worst lovers in Europe? (Photo: Marco Alf)
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Are Dutch men the worst lovers in Europe?

Do you know the feeling when you think there’s something wrong with you but you're actually convinced that the problem is the other person?This is what I felt the first time I experienced the Dutch way of making love. Same story the second…
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Yes. Summer has finally arrived..!!

In case you haven't noticed.. Today it's June 21st. In other words; "The Longest Day Of The Year!" So, a good reason to celebrate the summer.. If you feel like embracing the summer Then go for it! Get out of your comfort zone, challenge…
What makes you an Expat?
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What makes you an Expat?

Is it possible to feel more at home in your new country than your home country? Read my story and the challenges I faced when I moved back to the Netherlands after a 10 year stint abroad. According to Wikipedia: “An expatriate (sometimes…
INTERVIEW DANIEL-RYAN SPAULDING (Photo: Arianna, Daniel, Novita)
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INTERVIEW DANIEL-RYAN SPAULDING

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, the Internationally-Touring Canadian Stand-Up Comedian, has performed in 35 countries worldwide. His intelligent cultural and social observations are delivered with a high energetic, flamboyant style that is impossible…
Shit Expats Say in The Netherlands
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Shit Expats Say in the Netherlands

Stand-up Comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding explores expat culture in the Netherlands. Performing soon for expatsHaarlem!  
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Songs not to play on Father's Day

Songs not to play on Father’s Day   It is Father’s Day today. There are a lot of great songs about fathers but try to avoid playing these around your dad today.   5.) John Denver- Please Daddy (Don’t get drunk this…
Luilak Day
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Luilak Day

Saturday before Pentecost: little wagons and a lot of noise? Sunday of Pentecost: dirty windows? LUILAK DAY! Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam and other towns in the western Netherlands.…
10 ways to fit into Dutch society
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10 ways to fit into Dutch society

It’s another beautiful day in the Netherlands, time to sit on a terrace and have the pleasure of inhaling cigarette smoke from those sitting nearby. If Van Gogh and Rembrandt were alive today, their paintings would feature buxom ladies with…
'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?'
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'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?'

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding asks 'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?': 1,496,839 views in 2 weeks time! Cue Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, a worldwide very popular comedian who explores gender, sexuality, culture, stereotypes and identity.…