Dutch society & safety
Holland is a safe country by international standards.
For decades the country’s historical ties with other parts of the world has brought foreigners to settle in Holland, bringing some of their own ideas and cultures. This makes the Dutch generally open-minded and tolerant. Dutch society is now home to over 200 different nationalities.
Although Dutch is the national language, most people also speak English and often another foreign language, such as German or French.
Another characteristic of the Dutch is their openness and direct manner. You can say exactly what is on your mind; the Dutch are not easily offended.
There is a relatively low level of violence and street crime.
The police are friendly and helpful; they have a duty to protect everyone and you can always feel confident approaching them for help. Should you need to contact them, don’t worry about language difficulties as the police speak English or will find someone, free of charge, who speaks your language.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency or crime you can contact the police, fire brigade or ambulance by dialling 112 from any phone (free of charge).
It is essential that you take out insurance when you arrive in Holland to cover your belongings against theft and accidental damage.