The Netherlands is a small country with a limited internal market, consequently the Dutch look across their borders for markets. They started out as worldwide maritime traders in the 16th century and today they are still significant players in the global economy.
The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. Everyday life is structured down to the smallest detail. Private life and work are carefully planned and nothing is left to the unexpected. Ad hoc changes are not appreciated.
A typical Dutch cultural thing is the willingness to be ‘in control’. There are even rules to manage the rules. An at random check shows that each kilometer road on average contains about 15 traffic signs.
Unwritten rule in the Netherlands: stick to the planning, don’t be too late for your appointment.