Is the Netherlands different from Germany?

Small cultural differences between the Netherlands and Germany

The Netherlands is a small country with almost 17,000,000 inhabitants on an area of ​​41,500 km². Germany is around 8.5 times larger than its neighboring country, which has 226 inhabitants per km². The Dutch population density is high compared to Germany: 405 inhabitants per km².

Many also refer to the Netherlands as Holland, but this is only partially true, as Holland in the strict sense of the word only refers to the provinces of North and South Holland. The capital of our neighbor is Amsterdam and the seat of government is The Hague. In contrast to Germany, the Netherlands has a parliamentary monarchy. In addition to the twelve provinces of the European part, the three Caribbean islands Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba belong to the state of the Netherlands. National holiday is April 27th. King's Day (earlier April 30th), all of Netherlands is decorated and dressed in orange (oranje) and it is celebrated.

About 20 percent of the Dutch population are foreigners. Almost 72,000 Germans live in the Netherlands. Emigrating to Holland therefore usually also means coming into contact with other Germans.

On average, Dutch houses and apartments are smaller than in Germany, but have larger windows. These giant glass panes are usually without curtains and therefore give a very generous view of the interior. There are various explanations for this, here are a few examples: Large windows make moving easier, because they are so-called moving windows (Verhuisramen), where you can take out the glass pane and easily heave the furniture through the window. Another reason for these exceptionally large windows is that window glass was cheaper than stone to build the house and that in the past you only had single glazing (thus a construction and cost-technical reason).

Another small but subtle difference is the average height. On average, Dutch women and men are one centimeter taller than Germans.

The most important means of transportation in the Netherlands is the bicycle (fiets). Whether for work, friends or sports, in rain or snow, the typical Dutch come by bike.

Dutch people often have more pets (based on the number of inhabitants). In the Netherlands, for example, there is about one cat for every 4.5 people, while in Germany every tenth German owns a cat.