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What happens with burn out in the Netherlands? Posted by on Aug 30, 2017

According to the Rijksoverheid website, 1 million people in the Netherlands suffer burn-out related symptoms. The Netherlands is one of the countries with the most burn-out related complaints in Europe. But what is burn out and what happens when you are burned out and live in the Netherlands? What is it? The website Gezondheidsplein.nl defines…

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What’s up with all the Peters de Vries? Posted by on Aug 28, 2017

In 2007, the Dutch radiozender (radio station) 3FM had an idea: Let’s gather as many people with the name “Peter de Vries” as possible and have a little party! Here is what happened. Het idee In December, presentator (presenter) Sander de Heer and nieuwslezer (news reader) Peter de Vries of 3FM heard about a record attempt in Wales, where 1220 people…

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Buying a Car in the Netherlands Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

Even though the bike is the #1 mode of transportation in the Netherlands, some people will inevitably have to (or want to) buy a car. After sharing with my husband the experience of buying a car, I came up with the following list of useful information. Nieuwe Auto, Tweedehands Auto Considering the significant difference in…

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Tweeklanken 4: oe, oei, oi, ooi Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

In the past weeks, we talked about tweeklanken. Today is our last instalment with one of the least common combinations: those with an o. Let’s start! The past posts in this series: Tweeklanken 1: ae, ai, aai, au/ou Tweeklanken 2: ie, ieu(w), ij/ei Tweeklanken 3: eeu(w), ei, eu, ui oe Oe is actually super common. It…

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Mental Health in the Netherlands Posted by on Aug 16, 2017

I wrote before about going to the huisarts or the doctor when it comes to a regular cold or fever. Today’s post focuses on a more serious matter, but one that affects many people: mental health. According to the Trimbos Instituut, about 20% of Dutch adults suffer from depression during their lifetime and 13% of mothers suffer from…

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