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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Groningen. They wrote...

"Expats in Groningen often find the Dutch directness challenging as it can sometimes come across as blunt or rude. The language barrier can also be a significant challenge, as while many Dutch people speak English, not being able to speak Dutch can limit social interactions and understanding of the local culture. The weather, particularly the cold and rainy climate, can be difficult to adjust to for those from warmer countries. The Dutch culture of cycling everywhere can also be a challenge for those not used to it. Additionally, the Dutch bureaucratic system can be complex and time-consuming to navigate for newcomers. Lastly, the reserved nature of the Dutch can make it difficult for expats to form deep connections and friendships," remarked another expat in Groningen, The Netherlands.

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