Are we the Dutch really as stingy as we are sometimes described? Where does the idea that we are stingy come from?

We think we are so described, but is that so?

  • In Belgium, I have heard from waiters: Dutch people are so bedued to be so frighesome, that they give great tips.


  • In our neighbouring country Germany we are popular in advance-the Rudi Carell/Linda de Mol effect-and I have never heard it in my Fraunhofer years.
  • Im Gegenteil.

  • The English?
  • Maybe, but those have their Scots as Pispaaltje. Of course, there are some things left over from the 17th century trade competition. Hear the likes of others.

  • The French?
  • I work a lot with it, and we like to kibble-but never heard. We are especially arrogant ( they must say!) and there are many other things wrong with us, according to their *, but avarice has never thrown me to the feet.

    The German quality weekly Die Zeit once had a table where all European prejudices, over and over again, were bookmarked.No nation characterized us as stingy. Well that was not an academic study, but still.

    * I know.

    I am a Belgian, but I know quite accurately why the Dutch are found miserly.I have still been bent on the figures, yes about the numbers you have to look for a little while and which you may not find online, but which you do provide an accurate representation of the truth.

    Compared to a Fleming, it comes down to the same thing.(Walloons let me out: Some still do a lot of bartering and reservices, you don’t have to believe it, but I know our customers and in the Ardennes, France, Luxembourg and Germany there is still a pitch black economy, very low-tech, paperless, with Verbal contracts-the Romans actually have more taxes than the current tax administrations in those areas)

    The difference with Flemings is only that the Dutch do not sit down to discuss a ‘ price ‘ aloud.I do not know why, but here it is taboo to have it there. A NL. Just says, “I think that’s a bit pricey, treasure,” and leave the store while we do it silently for the same reason.

    I have overcome that shame myself.I also don’t have to deal with things to swap or complain to the cashier about the fact that the item would be in the offer the next day. That assertiveness I thank to my studies and my experience in sales. Also in the bank there are customers who negotiate tariffs and costs as if they were on a camel market.

    I once did an internship with a cheese wholesaler.I was allowed to join the salesman, a man ‘ Who knew all the tricks of the Foor ‘ (vert. ‘ Who mastered all the secrets of the Fairground ‘). Our top product was ‘ the coat of arms of Noord-Holland ‘, very expensive young cheese that everyone wanted to purchase as cheaply as possible. When I witnessed the whining of purchasers, I decided to copy their strategies.

    P.S. The salesman was a patient of my father and he regularly brought a cheese with him.But nothing could match ‘ the coat of arms of Noord-Holland ‘. If he was still untouched, you could use it as a spare wheel for a hefty truck.

    Perhaps we spend our money on other matters that what one considers important in a foreign country.

    For example, Italians spend a lot of money on food and clothing, which is important to them. When they see the Dutch they see croquettes, sandwich bags, women running in hobbebags with men in a sailor-shorts (or worse).They don’t understand why we don’t just spend ‘ decent ‘ money on food and clothing, while we’re still rich enough. ‘ Stingy ‘ is not such a crazy conclusion.

    I notice that they are more economical with money than with time/energy/convenience.

    For example, prefer regular quarrel over household than 1 x per week to take a cleaning star.

    Or on a date, calculate who had latte and who lungo, instead of to split the account or let your date other times just treat.Long live the Tikkie app, otherwise it’s all drama with small money to tinker.

    Or an elaborate quarrel with the waiter in Italy to then dig into the pocket in search of a voucher from other restaurant also in Italy, from why is Coperto everywhere in Italy, we had not paid for your competitor Coperto.Then I have to involve myself not to say: Shut up and pay your bill, you cheap bastard.

    And that while time, energy, romance, having fun time without quarrel are also costly and must be cherished, not just money.

    We are not stingy but just very economical.This is also reflected in the old Netherlands in which we only ate potatoes purely from functionality not because it had to be delicious. Also, it’s just very much in the culture to ‘ do it normally because you’re already crazy enough when you’re yourself ‘. You can describe this as sober as we like to call it. And that sober concept in, for example, replacing a tyre, we try to stick the tape instead of replacing it, because that saves again and the tyre is still good for the rest?

    Miserly, no but sober, yes!Why should someone pay it if we can split it too? Each one for himself is very individualistic and independent, as we like to do in the Netherlands.

    When I go to the market I look where they have the best bargains.In a month I use 鈧?25. So I also give my adopted son food. 鈧?25 goes to my wife of whom I am divorced. She also takes care of the children of my deceased daughter. I give the rest of my income to the foundation of which I am chairman. This goes to needy. The money I get from the tax is going there too. I’m not stingy, but well on the penny.

    I am half Dutch and half Flemish.

    I do notice that on the Dutch side of the family with the festive season presents are usually worth around 25 euros, while on the Belgian side this can amount to about 200 euro.

    My dad, for example, gave my nephew a Wii, I once got a digital camera from my aunt.

    If I were to give 25 euros, I would be stingy labeled

    If there are donations, those in Belgium are usually quite large.

    I personally welcome every gift.But it has already been noticed that some of the traditions of the Dutch side are not so appreciated on the Flemish side.

    I don’t think the Dutch are stingy, based on their generous gifts behavior when people are in need somewhere in the world.Few countries do better. But the Dutch are very often busy with money, and they are also often good at accounting, having things in order, comparing prices and the like. In a week-round conversation between the Dutch, it is very striking how fast it is about money or costs, and this is considered normal, interesting and even enjoyable. In Belgium, this is very different, but this subject is usually not considered to be pleasant, rather as a beuzel, unless someone has given a concrete need to know about it. The result is that prices in the Netherlands are a lot lower. However, I personally find money subjects in the week chitchat rather shocking, but I am therefore not a Dutchman. The counterpart in Belgium might be talking about good food.

    Lived in the Netherlands for a while.No, I don’t have that impression. Incidentally, some people below the great rivers sometimes mould the greed of people above the rivers especially The Hague. But it’s been a long time ago. Besides, Scots also have that fame.

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