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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard; illustrated edition edition (30 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857333128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857333121
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 1.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel -...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel -...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer -...as useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine -...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times." --various

About the Author

SHERYL BUCKLAND is an English management trainer and consultant who has worked for public and private organizations in Britain and the Netherlands. A member of the British Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, she holds a BA (Hons.) degree in English and European Thought and Literature and an MA in Education. In 1995 she moved with her husband to the Netherlands and immersed herself in Dutch culture, conducting research on cultural acclimatization, the role of language teachers, and child development. During this time, she has also worked as an Associate Lecturer for the British Open University Business School, and conducted intercultural training for a major Anglo-Dutch corporation.


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I have just purchased and read this book and predict that it will become the "must have" read for visitors and those considering relocating to the Netherlands.
The author includes so much information and essential knowledge for those wanting to know how to behave and interact with the Dutch people.It is amazing how much the customs vary throughout Europe and the Netherlands is one of those countries where you really must know the right way to communicate in order to integrate successfully.
I congratulate the author for making this such an easy and informative read and I highly recommend it to anyone considering "going Dutch"!!
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Hi,
I've started using the Culture Smart series of books at a time when I needed to understand better the Swedish culture for personal reasons. I was very impressed at how insightful the book was. Since then, I have relied on the series anytime I need to learn more about the traditions and mindsets found in a country.
I will be moving to the Netherlands in a few months' time and have used this book as a prep. I found that the habits described in the book match very accurately the outlook of several of my Dutch friends.
All in all, I found this a great tool for anyone planning to spend some time in the Netherlands, or simply looking to improve his/her relationships with the Dutch.
I hope this helps.
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Being Dutch myself, I did think it was all a bit obvious. More of a general 'How to behave' - guide, than a description of the Netherlands.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89e534ec) out of 5 stars Netherlands - Culture Smart 3 Nov. 2008
By D. I. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book for finding out generalities about Dutch culture and customs. The book is written more particularly from a British perspective--and the author seems a bit uncomfortable with some of her subject matter, such as sexuality. Howeer, it is informative and interesting and easy to read through. There is some very good information and some good details and anecdotes, as well.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88876108) out of 5 stars Amazing little book. 18 Jan. 2008
By Sharron P. Grolle - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing little book; wish I had purchased it earlier. It is factual, interesting, and a quick read. It is especially helpful for those who are going to travel in the Netherlands, but also a good book for those who want to know more about where they may have already traveled. Great little reference.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8880354c) out of 5 stars Great culture overview 16 Mar. 2011
By Parvez Khan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent overview of the Dutch culture.
It is informative and gives specific details of how the Dutch people conduct themselves at home, at work, and at play. Understand, however, that this is NOT a traditional visitor's guide to The Netherlands, in that it does not have maps and places of interest for the vacationer. This is solely a culture primer.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88aa1930) out of 5 stars Accurate and understandable 20 Sept. 2011
By J.A. - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the author could've fit more information into this book. However, it accomplishes its goal to be concise and to the point. This isn't going to make you an instant expert on the Netherlands, but it definitely clears things up regarding social behavior and background. I would advise re-reading this during a trip to the Netherlands and/or after. There are a few generalized explanations that will go over your head until you experience them in person. My Dutch partner read parts of this too, and agreed it described him perfectly.
HASH(0x88b77eec) out of 5 stars Great product! 17 Sept. 2013
By Robin Yankie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is exactly as described. It gave me a better idea of what to expect when traveling to the Netherlands.
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