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Religions and languages in Netherlands

Spui Most of the modern population of the Netherlands has Celtic or Germanic roots. In the Netherlands, two languages ​​are officially recognized. These are Dutch and Frisian. The first language is a mix of traditional German and English. The second, as a rule, is used only by the native inhabitants of Friesland. In different provinces of the Netherlands, they speak unique local dialects related to the Flemish and Brabant norms of language. During the informal communication, a similar language is usually used. Every inhabitant of the country knows the state language and speaks it fluently. Travelers often face the problem of a language barrier. In small towns, it is particularly acute. At the popular tourist destinations, many have mastered English, and you may have a guided tour in tourist-friendly languages.
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The church in the Netherlands exists side-by-side with the state. These two structures absolutely do not intersect, so they coexist without any trouble. In the country, about 40 percent of the total population is represented by atheists. Mainly, this is due to the isolated position of faith in the kingdom. It is not forced to or propagated. About 25 percent of the population are Catholics. They honor and celebrate all Catholic holidays and go to the church on all festive days. Some municipalities even set off weekends for religious holidays, giving the population an opportunity to follow their beliefs. Approximately 17 percent of the population are Protestants. They live in the northern part of the kingdom, as well as in coastal towns.
There are also Muslims in the Netherlands, who live mostly in large cities. Islam appeared due to the large immigration influx that occurred in the 60s. Today, there are at least one million Muslims in the country. The statistics show that the number of atheists increases every year. The Netherlands is a country that is tolerant enough to various non-traditional manifestations, so a clear adherence to the faith of its ancestors is not a priority for young people. The western trends only increase the decline of the religiosity of the kingdom. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Traditions in Netherlands cities

Amsterdam
As it has been mentioned already, the locals show much respect and care for the environment, so visitors of the city will also need to show respect and in no way disturb the natural harmony of this place. The local people are very hospitable and are always ready to help. Probably, this is one of the reasons why Amsterdam remains a popular tourist destination for so many years. Tulip remains one of the most famous symbols of the Netherlands. Each April the grand opening of Keukenhof Park is held … Read more
Maastricht
March is the time for conducting the world-famous exhibition of antiques. This event attracts collectors from all over the world. This is a very prestigious and important exhibition, so every European city would consider an honor to host such a massive celebration. Another distinguishing feature of the city is an abundance of marijuana. This fact is easily explained by the city’s close proximity to the border. Virtually every resident of Maastricht grows marijuana at home. The so called … Read more
Rotterdam
People of Rotterdam like are economical, pragmatic, practical and punctual as Germans. The Dutch are known for their cult of cleanness and order. Throwing out garbage twice a week, they sort and pack it into special plastic bags, which must be put in a strictly defined place not earlier than the evening before the departure and no later than six in the morning. If you make a mistake with the container and, for example, the used batteries are in the glass tank, do not be surprised at the police … Read more
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Utrecht
Local people are open and friendly, but they clearly differentiate questions relating to your personal life and work. It’s not accepted to talk about personal matters, as well as express your emotions in public. It is impolite to ask a new acquaintance questions related to his income and other personal items; there’re no other taboos in dealing with natives. Don’t allow yourself careless phrases in conversation, as all said is likely to be taken literally. So, inviting somebody to visit … Read more
Eindhoven
After sunset, local attractions and houses are transformed beyond recognition because of the smart lighting. Lighting installations are varied and some solutions are striking with their simplicity and originality. The light festival lasts for a week; it is one of the dozen of the most interesting holidays held in Eindhoven. In August, the Folkwoods Festival dedicated to national history and culture is celebrated, as well as the Sundance music festival that would please fans of reggae. In … Read more
Groningen
November 11, the day of St. Martin, and December 6 – the day of St. Nicholas are no less popular holidays. These celebrations are always accompanied by colorful festivals, fairs and street performances. Special food is, without a doubt, an important attribute of holidays. You can try it in numerous outdoor cafes. During the days of celebrations you can easily find noisy processions of mummers who sing songs and light their way with torches. This tradition has appeared many hundred years ago … Read more
Delft
Saturday is considered a market day. Tourists and local people go to market to buy fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and cheese. The market attracts farmers and fishermen from all surrounding neighborhoods, so the choice of products is simply amazing. In addition to excellent Dutch cheese herring is considered a popular product. Local people are ready to eat it every day. Travellers also fall in love with amazingly delicious pickled herring. You can buy it not only on a market day. During you walk … Read more

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