Habits That Annoy Dutch People

Mar 17, 2009 1:17 AM

by binsar

As my previous post mentioned, I thought that the one thing that could annoy Dutch people is by not coming on time. But one research shows another conclusion. A surver done by Foundation for Idealistic Advertising finds that nose-picking, burping, and talking loudly on your mobile phones are the three top habits that will surely annoy other Dutch friends. In fact, 95% of the respondents express their dislike towards these habits.

This is surprising because I always think that Dutch people don’t really mind about other people business as long as it does not concern their own privacy. I can imagine that they would be annoyed by mobile phone loud conversation as the sound invades their hearing environment. I think this explains why there are a lot of “Stilte” (quiet) signs being put on the trains recently. But what about nose-picking?

Here is the news from Expatica

Most Dutch feel fellow countrymen are rude

About 95 percent Dutch surveyed say they are fed up with irritating habits such as nose-picking, burping and talking loudly on their mobile phones.

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THE NETHERLANDS – Nose-picking, burping and noisy mobile phone conservations are among the top irritations for 95 percent of Dutch people, reveals a survey.

The figures come from the Foundation for Idealistic Advertising (SIRE) which has conducted a survey on what people find rude in public.

The survey also revealed that four out of five people said they could imagine others being irritated by their own public behaviour.

In the face of a seeming epidemic of rude antics, the foundation is launching a campaign to try and get people to change their ways.

This is the 100th campaign of SIRE since its foundation in 1967. Earlier campaigns include “You’re an oaf if you play stunts with fireworks”, “Society, that’s YOU”, and “Don’t think lightly about being overweight”.

The organisation is the brainchild of six retired advertising executives who want to put the techniques of advertising at the service of socially beneficial aims.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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