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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Bergen aan Zee?

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We asked people in Bergen aan Zee if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"In Bergen aan Zee, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions. Avoid speaking loudly in public places as Dutch people value their peace and quiet. It's also considered rude to interrupt someone while they're speaking. When visiting someone's home, it's customary to bring a small gift such as flowers or chocolates. However, don't give chrysanthemums as they're associated with funerals. Also, avoid giving anything in sets of 13 as it's considered unlucky. In the Netherlands, punctuality is highly valued. Being late for an appointment or meeting is considered disrespectful. If you're running late, it's polite to call and let the person know. Dutch people are known for their directness, so don't take it personally if they seem blunt. However, avoid making blunt or direct comments about sensitive topics such as religion, politics, or the royal family. When dining out, it's customary to split the bill equally among all parties. However, if you invited someone out, it's polite to offer to pay the bill. Avoid littering or causing damage to the environment. The Dutch take pride in their clean and well-maintained public spaces. Lastly, always remember to say "please" and "thank you". These simple courtesies go a long way in showing respect for the local culture," explained one expat living in Bergen aan Zee, The Netherlands.

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