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To give people total freedom, it seems like you have to take away any encouragement to integrate.
Throughout Dutch history there was no pressure on foreigners to learn Dutch, both officially (to live there), and in social interactions.
The vast majority of other foreigners there were content in their English speaking “bubble” and had created full lives for themselves within that. And this other side of the respect coin seems to create a big divide between the Dutch and the foreigners in the city.
Huge communities of foreigners exist in the city, and they almost never interact with the Dutch beyond necessities.
I was told that 30% of Amsterdam is foreigners; it's one of the strongest expat communities I've ever seen in almost a decade on the road. A large part of their history involves welcoming foreigners to the country and allowing them to continue living lives as they chose (in old times this being freedom in religion, and nowadays in cultural background, sexual orientation etc.) Such values surely inspired those who aspired for similar things in the new world as the first pilgrims for America sailed from Leiden, not far from Amsterdam, towards what is now New York, which was appropriately called (community / living together) has great respect for an individual's freedom to live life as he or she chooses; much more so than in other countries, including those that claim to be the freest in the world.
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When I arrived with the mission to learn Dutch, my priority was always to get to know the despite the vast numbers of other foreigners in the city has made my experience so much richer, while also creating new challenges in simply being able to socialise with any consistency.
After spending two months there, I can't say that I had as much fun as other foreigners with ample party opportunities would have, but I feel like I had a unique experience and managed to understand Dutch residents of Amsterdam to a deeper level than many passing tourists would.
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When you’re settling into a foreign environment, it can be frustrating not knowing where to go, what to do or how things work.