Despite considering themselves to be open, accessible and tolerant, the
Dutch are apparently difficult to deal with. Foreigners are not alone, however:
a small library could be filled with books written to help them. Here is an
Dealing with the Dutch Living and working in other cultures
By Jacob Vossestein. Dutch author places emphasis on doing business with
the Dutch. Enriched by many quotes from foreigners who have already done so.
Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam 1998, 25 guilders.
The Low Sky. Understanding the Dutch
By Han van der Horst. Dutch historian Van der Horst digs a little deeper,
manages to stay clear of clichés and tries to find solid explanations
for Dutch behaviour. Interesting and informative. Scriptum Books Schiedam/Nuffic
Den Haag 1996, 39,90 guilders. Also available: The Low Sky in Pictures, a
nice photobook (59,90 guilders).
By Colin White & Laurie Boucke. The most popular of all the 'Life in
Holland'-books. A sometimes funny account by Englishman White and American
Boucke who have observed the Dutch (painfully) well. White Boucke, 1999, 29,95
Also published in Dutch under the same title, Nijgh & Van Ditmar, Amsterdam
1996. 22,50 guilders.
Xenophobe's Guide to the DUTCH
By Rodney Bolt. African-born author tries to summarise the Dutch psyche
in 64 pages. At times original but mostly cliché-ridden. Ravette Publishing,
1999, 19,50 guilders.
By Heleen A.M. Halverhout. A Dutch cookbook with many recipes for typical
dishes, from thick pancakes with bacon to oliebollen. Publisher: De Driehoek.
26 guilders. By the same author: The Netherlands Cookbook.
Culture shock Netherlands A guide to customs and etiquette
By Hunt Janin. As the subtitle suggests, an introduction course on life
in The Netherlands.
Author is an American living in France. Kuperard 1998, 35,90 guilders.