Etiquette

Pretty well anything goes here, although locals prize good manners (including queuing for entrance to public transport).

  • Holland v Netherlands Do not call the Netherlands 'Holland'; Holland is two provinces (Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland) within the country.
  • Going Dutch When dining out, expect to pay your own way. Splitting the bill is common and no reason for embarrassment.
  • Straight talking Don't be offended if locals give you their frank, unvarnished opinion. It's not considered impolite, rather it comes from the desire to be direct and honest.