The Dutch do like their organised celebrations, but their aftermath can look devastating as the streets overflow with litter – although, to be fair, it’s almost all cleared away before lunchtime the next day.The Netherlands compares favourably to the UK and the USA when it comes to crime statistics.But this doesn’t mean the Netherlands doesn’t have its own rich cultural heritage – far from it.
The Netherlands hosts one of Europe’s busiest airports – Schiphol International – and Rotterdam has one of the world’s biggest ports.
Dutch seems like a cross between English and German, so many of the words sound familiar, but getting to grips with its guttural "G" sounds can be challenging.
The health service in the Netherlands is efficient, waiting times are usually short, and prescriptions can be ordered via telephone and collected the same day.
New arrivals will find out where these are quite quickly.
Most safety issues in the Netherlands seem to come from bicycles.