From 1 July 2019 it will be illegal in the Netherlands to
hold your mobile phone in your hand while cycling, so be warned!
Calling, texting, WhatsApp, navigation, playing Pokémon Go,
listening to music or just holding your phone in your hand to check the time
will land you a €90 fine.
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If you are new to the North of the Netherlands and are feeling a bit out of your depth below is a list of some useful websites where you can gain additional information (generally in English).
Connect International has worked for over 20 years with the international community in the North of the Netherlands. Our ultimate goal is to help internationals coming to live in the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe to feel at home as quickly as possible.
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Following on the series, we are taking a look at another popular favourite from a Dutch snackbar, the nasischijf and bamischijf. These are two different snacks, but share many similarities.
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On May 5, the Netherlands celebrates its freedom throughout
the country at the various Bevrijdings Festivals,
Liberation Festivals in English. All major cities have their own plans for the
day. These are the plans for the three big cities in the north of the
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There are almost 360 species of wild bees in the Netherlands, with half of all bee species being listed as endangered. ‘Nederland Zoemt Bijentelling’ is a national action to count the number of bees on the weekend 13 – 14 April 2019.
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You are most likely familiar with the iconic pointed curly hat, long dress and apron worn by the stereotypical Dutch girl. This particular image of traditional clothing is not the only one, there are in fact countless variations, with regions throughout the Netherlands having their own signature style. And while you may not see them in the big cities, there are many communities where traditional clothing is worn every day.
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When you celebrate your 50th birthday in the
Netherlands, the Dutch refer to this as ‘meeting Abraham’ if you are male, or
‘meeting Sarah’ if you are female. It is a tradition that honours a person
gaining wisdom through experience. It is a major birthday that many look
forward to and a cause for a great party.
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