Here are ten books that will make living in the Netherlands easier for any expat; they vary from humourous books about Dutch customs, manners and social interaction to books on the country’s history, landmarks, attractions and natural beauty. Plus learning aids to help understand the Dutch language.
THE UNDUTCHABLES – By Colin White & Laurie Boucke.
This humourous look at the many Dutch idiosyncrasies a foreigner will notice when living in Holland was first published in 1989. It is updated every few years to keep it current (and just as funny). The most recent edition was published last year (The Undutchables 8.0)
NEW VISIONS OF THE NETHERLANDS – By Martijn de Rooi & Jurgen Drenth.
Not only is it perfect for the coffee table, this 128-page hardcover photo book is also informative for expats. It is broken into six key sections: water, landscape, architecture, people, festivities and economy.
BELOW SEA LEVEL – By Ewout Huibers.
Another beautiful hardcover photography book, this one focuses on the many ways the Dutch have dealt with water in this country where much of the land lies below sea level; from canals and homes built hundreds of years ago to modern structures which showcase Dutch ingenuity, creative architectural design and engineering prowess.
THE DUTCH AND THEIR BIKES – By Shirley Agudo.
Even expats who are aware prior to arriving that a lot of Dutch people ride bikes, are not prepared for the extent to which cycling is embedded into the infrastructure of the Netherlands. This photography book will help put it into perspective.
The Little HISTORY OF THE NETHERLANDS For Dummies – By Jury Smit.
Find out about the key events that have taken place in ‘the lowlands’ over the past 2,000 years which have shaped the Netherlands of today. All in just 143 pages! You can also acquire more focused insight with other books in the series such as The Little HISTORY OF THE HAGUE for Dummies and The Little HISTORY OF AMSTERDAM for Dummies.
STUFF DUTCH MOMS LIKE – By Colleen Geste.
A humourous look at the reasons why Dutch moms are among the happiest mothers in the world, with anecdotes, tips and tricks for happy parenting whether you’re in the Netherlands and not. Other books in the collection by the author include STUFF DUTCH PEOPLE LIKE, STUFF DUTCH PEOPLE SAY and STUFF DUTCH PEOPLE EAT.
HOLLAND HANDBOOK – By Stephanie Dijkstra
A photographic handbook for expats in the Netherlands with information about working visas and permits, taxes and other fiscal matters, renting a home, international schools and setting up utilities, plus photographs of many of the country’s cities, parks and special landmarks.
DUTCH PHRASE BOOK & DICTIONARY – By Berlitz
This little pocket dictionary with Dutch words and phrases is handy to have around, whether you keep it at your desk or stick it in your handbag or backpack.
DUTCH FOR DUMMIES – By Margreet Kwakernaak.
The book comes with a helpful CD to ensure you not only acquire basic Dutch vocabulary and grammar skills, but also the correct way to pronounce letters, words and simple phrases. Even if you end up butchering the language, your Dutch neighbors and work colleagues will appreciate the effort you’ve made to speak ‘Nederlands’.
DUTCH DELIGHT – By Sylvia Pessireron.
Become familiar with Dutch ‘cuisine’ in this cookbook that has 25 recipes of popular dishes and foods in Holland, including ‘stamppot’, ‘stroopwafels’ and ‘pannenkoeken’.