Henriette Louwerse, Director of Dutch Studies and Senior Lecturer in Dutch at the University of Sheffield, argues for an open and inclusive approach towards the Dutch language.
In 2019 the oldest Centre for Dutch Studies in the UK, housed at the University College London (UCL), celebrates its centenary. One may ask if there is much cause for celebration.
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The diverse groups in the Netherlands must work together. This might explain why the Dutch have developed a high degree of tolerance.
Due to the openness and the usually quick acceptance of various groups the Netherlands has been able to develop as a country in which modern ideas can flourish.
In a country of polders, flatness defines everything. This flatness means that nobody can rise above you, nor you above them.
Due to the population density, the Dutch have developed a strong sense of individuality and privacy.
The Dutch have a constant willingness to compromise and whose aim above all is a general consensus.
The Dutch like to fend for themselves, for fear of further interference. They love their freedom and independence.
Jan Renkema provides a clear analysis of the Dutch identity in his pamphlet ‘The DNA of the Netherlands’. He starts with a conversation on a flight to Schiphol.