Some things you need to know about the Netherlands. (1)
So I decided to make this post to tell you guys something about The Netherlands, some things you may already know, some things may not know. Enjoy the post, and comment any additions you like to make. I will upload a part 2 soon (if you like it)
The king of the Netherlands is Willem Alexander.
His job is mostly ceremonial. Most people don't really like the idea of a king, and want the monarchy to be deprecated. However, most people like his wife, the Argentinian Queen Maxima. There are a lot of video's made by LuckyTV, where King Willem-Alexander is dubbed, speaking with "een Haags (The Hague) accent". You can find the video's here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgGNUtqLVGQ , however I think you have to be very advanced in dutch to understand this, and maybe this isn't as funny for non-dutch people as for dutch people, but you check it out yourself!
The country is actually governed by the parliament, and Mark Rutte is the prime minister of the Netherlands.
Most people don't like him, because the dutch like to nag.
On April 27th we celebrate "Koningsdag" (The King's Day) = The King's Birthday. Everybody loves the King that day, and dresses orange. There are festivals spreaded all over the country and the King visits a city (or cities) with the Royal Family.
The one thing the dutch love as much as Koningsdag, is "De Elfstedentocht" This is a ice-skating 'contest' where about 16.000 ice-skaters ice-skate a 200km long course along 11 cities in the Province of Friesland (located in the north of the Netherlands). The last time De Elfstedentocht was held, was in 1997. Every year, when it starts freezing, everybody hopes for another Elfstedentocht.
Speaking of Friesland, the province has its own official language, "Het Fries (in Dutch)" or "Frysk (in Frisian)". About 440.000 people speak the language.
Here's a map of Friesland with the route of the Elfstedentocht. The start and finish is located in Leeuwarden (Ljouwert in Frisian)
In a lot of other Dutch Provinces, there are dialects spoken: Branbants in Brabant, Limburgs in Limburg, Utrechts in Utrecht ... In the cities Rotterdam and Amsterdam there are also dialects spoken. They are called (guess what?) Het Rotterdams and Amsterdams.
Next time more, hope you enjoyed it!
I was able to see the images by right-clicking the icon, selecting Open in A New Tab, and then opening the new tab. Willem Alexander is quite good looking!
That's very inventive...thanks for teaching me something new :)
I like Rutte a lot. He was elected most fashionable politician last year :)
"Most people don't really like the idea of a king, and want the monarchy to be deprecated."
Really? For some reason I was under the impression that republicanism in the Netherlands is almost negligible...
Are there any polls on approval of the monarchy? (What would it take for it to be abolished?)
That's what I thought too. I looked it up to check, and it seems like the monarchy is very important to the Dutch.
I guess we're just tolerating him ;-). There are polls, and I think the majority is in favour of the monarchy. But quite some Dutchmen, like me, are republicans.
Thanks for sharing this information with the community Lucas!
Hm I can't see the images.
Perhaps there's something off with the image code? :)
Did you do: !  () without spaces, with the url between the brackets?
Hmm yes.. that's weird. I"ll try it again
Edit: Fixed it! The post is much nicer with the pictures :)
Thanks for the great post!
One think to keep in mind for the next time: before making statements like "Most people do/like/think X", please do some actual research or use a more careful phrasing. You really can't base statements like that on just the opinions of your friends, or what you hear on your favorite TV station.
if 90 people out of 100 online nag, or if 6 your neighbors out of 10 nag, it can be a study....hahaha
Thanks, that was interesting. I should start looking for something orange for Koningsdag!
your king is quite likeable......and i guess, he does not shame your country abroad...so, taxes well spent? :-)