‘Do I need flippers when I visit the Netherlands?’ Of course you don’t: dykes keep the water out, and it doesn’t rain 366 days a year. This book deals with the forty best-known Dutch features and stereotypes, from windmills to Cruijff and from Rembrandt to the typical toilet. Were the clog and the infamous cheese slicer really Dutch inventions? How come some Dutch masters went bankrupt in the tulip trade? And why have most Dutch never heard of world-famous Hans Brinker? Providing the facts and unravelling the myths, this book gives you the essentials on living in the polders, and will even help you survive a Dutch birthday party.