10 Dutch Culture Shocks in the Netherlands | An American’s Perspective in 2022

Updated: 07-2022


Racism, Dutch directness, housing, and many more. These are some of the culture shocks I’ve experienced after living in The Netherlands for almost 4 years now.

Disclaimer: I love the Netherlands, and culture shocks are normal—they are part of the experience of moving and living abroad.

⏰ Chapters:
00:00 Intro
00:26 Racism
03:58 Dutch Food
05:30 Dutch Planning
07:01 Dutch Directness (Low Context Culture)
08:34 Housing Crisis
09:54 No Floors?
10:59 Open Windows
12:03 Seeing the Doctor
14:15 Public Urinals
15:17 Coffeeshops
15:41 Final

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I’m David, a Californian living in Amsterdam. I grew up in San Francisco, studied and worked in LA, took a sabbatical around the world, and then packed my bags for Europe. I make videos about lifestyle design, hiking, and living/working/studying in Europe.