Netherlands - Culture Smart!

the essential guide to customs & culture

By Sheryl Buckland
(Kuperard, Paperback, 9781857333121, 168pp.)

Publication Date: September 5, 2006

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Description

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include


* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* do's, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken


"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times




About the Author

SHERYL BUCKLAND is an English management trainer and consultant who has worked for public and private organizations in Britain and the Netherlands. A member of the British Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, she holds a BA (Hons.) degree in English and European Thought and Literature and an MA in Education. In 1995 she moved with her husband to the Netherlands and immersed herself in Dutch culture, conducting research on cultural acclimatization, the role of language teachers, and child development. During this time, she has also worked as an Associate Lecturer for the British Open University Business School, and conducted intercultural training for a major Anglo-Dutch corporation.

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