The little difference
Even if one should think that due to the geographical proximity between the small neighbor state and Germany, there are no major differences, one finds then surprisingly many differences in culture and daily life and so in the world of work.
It's the small things that make the difference. This can be, for example, the fact that commands are often given in question form: "Can you ...", "Could you please ...". Or that the Dutch are more orally oriented, while Germans always like to have everything written down.
Oral communication and language nuances
Just to understand the fine nuances, it helps Dutch to be able to. Anyone looking for work in the Netherlands should always learn Dutch, regardless of whether they need the language in their function.
Although most Dutch speakers speak excellent English and often speak German, it helps to master the Dutch language, be it professionally or to build a circle of friends.
Part-time work and self-employment
A big plus, however, is the opportunity to work part-time. Especially many Dutch women choose this variant. It is also common for young people that men and women both work less in order to look after the children. Also for the men, a parental leave is no problem and socially recognized.
It is also positive that you can work very freelance and easy on your own and become self-employed. The whole administrative apparatus is relatively manageable and sometimes takes place online. Moreover, Germans, as EU citizens, are not faced with any bureaucratic hurdles.
Small factors, great cultural differences
So it is mainly small factors that make the difference in working and everyday life. But since they are held in a relaxed and friendly environment, it is easy to adjust.
Anyone who decides to work in the Netherlands must, however, adapt to the greatest differences in private life and lifestyle. And here, too, there are the small and subtle differences, which are noticeable only when you are on the spot and make the life and work in another country more interesting.
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