Expectations you didn’t know you even had, culture shocks and the honeymoon of living and working somewhere new – we collected information to help you navigate your life and work across borders.
- If you are “native” to the Belgian, German or Dutch part of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, find some hints on how to find your way across the (nearby) border.
- If you are not (yet) native to the Euregio Meuse-Rhine – relax! Everybody struggles inter-culturally sometimes, and particularly in this mosaic of borders.
- Language learning is a shared challenge, but, as Goethe put it, “how many languages you speak so many persons you are.”
Characteristics along Meuse & Rhine:
False friends among good neighbours
Quite different neighbours
Unexpected for some foreigners (and locals), Dutch and Flemish life can be quite different – despite the shared language.
The talkshow Café de Buren (in Dutch) focusses on the differences between Flemish and Dutch history, language, and lifestyle. Learn why Flemish except more hierarchy as long as food is good, and why in both, people and officials struggle with a colonial past of its own kind.
Also learn (in Dutch), how Flanders and the Netherlands share the same language – but do not speak in quite the same way. In the Euregio Meuse-Rhine however, many people still share a common dialect – Limburgs (regional language in NL).
A mosaic of cultures
Click here to take this free minicourse and understand German working culture better. The course eludes differences compared to the Netherlands, we made an effort to make it accessible and comprehensible also for English-speakers.
Understanding the Netherlands
Click here to take this free minicourse and understand Dutch working culture better. The course eludes differences compared to Germany, we made an effort to make it accessible and comprehensible also for English-speakers. Take one piece every day or scan through the modules for what is relevant.
Guide to be a "happy expat"
There is no real guide to be happy across borders, but you can find information on “howtogermany” or on how to be in Belgium and the Netherlands. It is, yet, hard to find an overview on how to live in a euregio that is so diverse in itself. The quick guide below invites for some self-discovery that will reveal tools and attitudes helpful for living and working pretty much everywhere: