Some of us have been in this country for all their lives. Of course, I am talking about the Dutch people. But some of us came here at a later stage in our lives, for study or for work. And yes, I am talking about the expats now, who have been living in Netherlands only for few years!
I think it is nice for all of us to know a bit about Dutch history even though we may not use this information in our day-to-day life. Did you know that Willem van Oranje was assassinated by Balthasar Gérard in Delft? Have you heard about the North Sea flood of 1953?
If you are planning to live here longer, it is important also to know about the Dutch political system and the rights of the citizens. Did you know that you could vote for the Dutch water body even if you are a non-EU citizen? Are you aware of the fact that you can get unemployment benefit from the Dutch government if you lose your job?
Last but not the least, it is good to be familar with Dutch proverbs and sayings such as "met de deur in huis vallen" , 'hondenweer' or "hoge bomen vangen veel wind".
The program will have 2 parts, an interesting Kahoot! quiz on Dutch society followed by a casual networking session in break-out rooms. In the break-out sessions, participants are encouraged to share interesting facts about their country and see if there are any similarities with the Dutch culture :)
The winners of the quiz will receive coupons to buy books or anything that they like from an online store. Since the quiz is about Netherlands, Dutch participants will have a definite advantage over expats. To neutralize this, the points earned by a Dutch participant will be multiplied by a factor of 0.75.
17.00: Welcome by the host
17.05: Quiz starts
17.30: Winner announcement
17.35: Breakout session
17.55: Closing and check-out
See you all on 27th May. Dag!