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Celebrating our multi-cultural community

January 2014 Issue

The mission of this cultural newsletter is to celebrate the wide variety of cultures represented at CIS. In this issue we look at the wonderful country of The Netherlands!

The Netherlands The Hague!

Public Holidays in 2014 1/1 - New Year 14/2 - Valentine 18/4 - Good Friday 20/4 - Easter 21/4 - Easter Monday 27/4 - King’s Day 4/5 - Remembrance Day 5/5 - Liberation Day 29/5 - Ascension 8/6 - Whit Sunday 9/6 - Whit Monday 6/12 - Saint Nicholas 25/12 - Christmas


Traditional Clothes in Netherlands

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Inside this issue Dutch Group in Copenhagen, Meet a CIS family. Meet your Classmates, Popular Landmarks Meet a CIS family and CIS teacher A popular game and popular recipe More Popular Landmarks and Fun Facts CIS Celebrates Netherlands

Dutch-Danish Association The Dutch-Danish Association is an informal association that primarily focuses on further establishing the network amongst the Dutch community in Denmark and amongst the Dutch community and the Danes. Secondly it seeks to promote the knowledge of the culture and history of both the Netherlands and Denmark. It also serves as a forum, not only for Dutch people who want to settle in Denmark or who have just moved to Denmark but also for Dutch people who have been living here for quite a while. The association also strives to honor Dutch traditions, for example by celebrating Koninginnedag and Sinterklaas. Every Thursday of the month, Dutch ans Danes are meeting one another at the club's favorite bar in Copenhagen. Members can engage with each other by attending NDV club nights, monthly drinks or other organized activities and by visiting their website or become part of the association's Linkedin network group.

Tel: +45 4245 2123 E-mail: Web:

Want to buy some Dutch food in Copenhagen? You can get Stroopwaflers at Tiger. You can also find some Dutch food sometimes at

Hallo, I am Erna and I live here with my husband Jaap and two kids Guido (grade 2) and Merthe. We came to Kopenhagen one and half years ago. Before we came here, we lived in Hoofddorp. This is nearby Amsterdam. We regularly go back to the Netherlands to visit family and friends, for us it is only a 7 hour drive.

van Zanten Family

Guido misses his best friend, but he also made a lot of new friends here. This summer we asked him where het wanted to live? He said, he wanted to live here because there are so many nice people and he would miss his friends at CIS.

When we came here, Guido couldn’t speak English at all and just in three months he already could say a lot. Now, when Guido plays at his own, we hear him speak English instead of Dutch. It’s much easier, he explains. In our house we loved to eat chocolade sprinklers on our bread. Guido was very disappointed, when he heard it was not allowed to take sweat spreads to school. Now he eats hot lunch in the Atrium once a week. We are not used to this in the Netherlands. He likes the pasta Bolognese. In the middle of November Sinterklaas comes to Holland. My kids love this. They are so happy and I am also happy. This year he brought the presents on the 5th of December. Sinterklaas is a big happening in the Netherlands! In the weekends we are going often for a walk in the woods. In the summer we love to go to the mountains! We are very happy to live here. We made new friends and it feels great to be part of the international community.


Guido is a 2nd grader. He is from Holland. He misses his family and his friends. Guido travels to The Netherlands 10 times in a year. When he goes back, Guido likes to see his friends. Guido enjoys to go to school in Denmark. Guido says that the weather is the same in the Netherlands.


In 5th grade there is a boy called Teun and he comes from Holland from top of Holland. He miss the food in Holland. Teun’s favorite festival is Santa Claus. Teun goes once or twice to Holland. The favorite thing that Teun likes to do in Holland is being with his friends. The favorite food of Teun is cheese. Ya means yes. The hardest thing to move to Denmark was to get more friends. The same thing in Denmark and Holland is the city looks like a bit same and the difference is in Denmark you can't see peoples being outside.


Popular Landmarks in The Netherlands Amsterdam canals in Holland are very popular. Many people visit to look at canals. You might be surprised to know that there is 100 km of canals and 1,500 Bridges. The canals ends in squares. The history of this landmark is unique because. This landmark is important because 1.000 old windmills still exist in the Netherlands. Many people visit it to , which are situated below sea-levels. The history of this landmark is unique because 19 windmills were built around 1740. Same are still use today. 3

Tristan is a 4th grader and he is from Holland. Tristan is 10 years old. The hardest thing was to move to Denmark was when the Legos broke in the car. His favorite food in Holland is culturefish. Tristan’s favorite thing to do in Holland is going to swimming. The best part leaving in Denmark is his good friends. His favorite festival is summer. The same things in Holland and Denmark is the reach and the different things are the dirt.


We have a 3rd grader. Her name is Fenne. She comes from Maastricht. Fenne grandma and grandpa live in Maastricht. Her favorite thing to do in Holland is to go her grandparents’ house. Fenne does not have a favorite food in her country. Her favorite festival is carnival. Hallo is hello in Holland. The hardest part of moving to Denmark was remembering her memories of Holland. The favorite part of living in Denmark is her friends. The same thing between Denmark and Holland is the weather.



Beau is 8 years old. Beau misses his friends in the Netherlands. His favorite thing to do in the Netherland is playing with his friends. His favorite food in his culture is hagelslag.

This is Jip. Jip is 9 years old and he was born in Holland Maastricht. Jip misses his family in Holland. He goes 2 times a year to play minigolf in Holland. His favorite food in his culture is beschuitjes. His favorite festival is CARNAVAL.



Kristel Kapteijn is from the Netherlands. She in 5th grade. She misses the gigantic metro hall with shops in the Netherlands. She hates having to sit in a car for 12 hours to get back to the Netherlands.


Daniel is from Holland (Amsterdam). He misses his friend there. He likes all the holidays. Sinterklaas is his favorite one. Hagelslag is his favourite food. (en) in Dutch is (and).


Interview By Luka Ansorge

Danielle Graaf-Heij

What’s your name: Danielle Where are you from: Holland, The Netherlands Do they have sheep in Holland: Yes we have lots of sheep. Do you like honey: Yes I often use honey in my tea. Do you like presents: Of course we like presents and in Holland we just celebrated St Nicolas and kids received many presents. Is it cold in Holland: It’s the same climate as in Denmark so it could be very cold. Is it hot in Holland: Not really What is your favorite animal: My mom’s dog, called Barry What is your favorite food: It’s a Dutch dish called stamppot, zuurkool It’s mashed potatoes and sauerkraut like you have in Germany. What do you miss from Holland: I miss my friends and family, I miss certain food like Indonesian food, this you can buy lot in Holland. I miss speaking and talking Dutch to friends.

Hello, my name is Willemijn Schouten and together with my husband Remco and our 3 kids (Marre grade 1, Ties Pre K, Bien not in school) we moved to Copenhagen last summer. We are from Holland from a city called Utrecht. We miss all our family and friends from the Netherlands. We are trying to go back almost every schoolbreak, so 3 times a year. It is a 9 hours drive. But since we just moved here last summer we only got back once. When we are in Holland we stay with our family and have lots of gettogethers with friends and friends of our kids.

Schouten Family

My favorite food is „belegen kaas”, the old dutch cheese and salt licorice, I love these. I know you have salt licorice here too but not the same as we have in Holland. Koninginnedag, that is the queens birthday, is my favorite festival. Although our queen retired last year and we're now celebrating the new kings birthday. On this day, 30th of april, the weather usually gets better and everyone is celebrating on the streets. There is music, food, drinks, games and a lot of cheerful people all dressed up in orange! Gezellig' seems to be the word I would love to teach everyone. It is hard to translate and typically Dutch. It meens something like cosiness, having a good time with other people. Moving to Denmark was not a hard part. I was quit sure I was going to be happy here. I just love Scandinavia. But I was not so sure about my 3 kids. They never lived in a foreign country and do not speak english at all. It turned out to be no problem at all for them. They made new friends and feel very much at home here. I love to be in the city with its beautiful buildings, nice stores, pretty people and cosy coffee corners. Also the beaches are close by and in a 20 minutes drive your in this beautiful nature with lakes and forests. There are a lot of similarities with Denmark: the weather, the people, the food, the language (exept for the pronounciation). Differences: the peolpe are less tolerant, especially in traffic. There is a kind of zerotolerence way of living- and everyone sticks to the rules and they make sure you stick to those rules too ;). Another difference is the lack of colour in clothing. It's all black and dark colours. Personal no problem for me but it's a clear difference with Holland where people dress much more colorful. 5

Popular Game from The Netherlands You would think that in this modern era of high octane computer games, traditional board games might no longer enjoy such widespread appeal. Yet surprisingly, old-fashioned board games are still passionately played in Dutch living rooms up and down the country, with or without a favourite Dutch drink and typical Dutch snacks such as borrelnootjes (cocktail nuts), a portion of Hollandse kaasblokjes (Dutch cheese cubes), bitterballen (deep-fried meatballs) or knakworstjes (party sausages) to sustain players throughout the game. An old fashioned typical Dutch game: Table shuffleboard) is a game in which players push metal-and -plastic weighted pucks) down a long and smooth wooden table into a scoring area at the opposite end of the table. Shooting is performed with the hand directly, as opposed to deck shuffleboard's use of cue sticks. Ganzenbord: The board consists of a track with consecutively numbered spaces (usually 63), and is often arranged in a spiral with the starting point at the outside. Each player's piece is moved according to throws of one or two dice. Scattered throughout the board are a number of spaces on which a goose is depicted; landing on a goose allows the player to move again by the same distance. Additional shortcuts, such as spaces marked with a bridge, move the player to some other specified position. There are also a few penalty spaces which force the player to move backwards or lose one or more turns, the most recognizable being the one marked with a skull and symbolizing death; landing on this space results in the player being sent back to start. On Spanish boards the reverse is usually a parchĂ­s board.

Popular Food from The Netherlands How to make stroopwafler Put butter, flour, sugar, yeast and 1 egg in a bowl Mix to a stiff dough Pot some flour on a clean table Pot the mixer on the flour Knead for a few minutes Pot the mixer in a bowl Rise for 45 min

Filling Ingredients

1 tsp ground cinnamon 50g butter 350g treacle 200g brown soft sugar

you need : 60ml milk 150g caster sugar 250g melted butter 1 egg 500g plain flour


Brown sugar Treacle Butter Cinnamon Stir to combine Set aside Preheat shallow waffle iron or pizzelle iron Cook until the iron stops releasing steam Or until the waffles are golden brown Spread filling


More Popular Landmarks in The Netherlands Anne frank house is important because she was there for two years with her family. You might be surprised to know that Anne Frank is one of the millions of victims of persecution. Many people visit it to see the moveable bookcase which conceals the entrance to the hideout that she used. The landmark is unique because during the day people have to walk on tiptoe and speak softly in the warehouse. Delta Project. It is important to note that it is also called Delta Works. You might be surprised to know that it stops flooding. The history of this landmark is unique because it started in 1950 and it was finally finished in 1997. One special part of this landmark is that it can open and close. It is very long!

Interesting Facts about The Netherlands

Dutch is also spoken in Belgium, northern France, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The Netherlands has nearly 1,000 museums, with 42 in Amsterdam alone. About 30% of all Dutch babies are born at home. When Dutch schoolchildren pass their exams, they hang a Dutch flag and a school bag outside their homes. Amsterdam has 1,281 bridges. People of 200 nationalities live in Amsterdam. ( 7


CIS afterschool Dutch classes

We have a Dutch school in Copenhagen! Each Monday the Dutch children from Copenhagen and the surrounding area come together at CIS. The have lessons from 15.15 till 18.15. In the Dutch school the children learn to read, write and speak Dutch. We also have lessons about our culture. The children loves to go to the Dutch school. You can speak your own language.

Cultures Day Celebration 2013

Edited by: Ron Rosenow Parent Journalist: Erna Van Zanten

Teacher Journalist: Danielle Graaf-Heij

Student Journalists: Maria Dadu, Lara Gronow, Teun Van de Boer, Francesca Duva, Bruno Martini, Matan Dvir, Frida Niinisto, Toby Schjøler, Pablo Martini, Alisson Bolaños, Luka Ansorge, and Valdemar Hellmann. With special thanks to: CIS’s Dutch students and parents Next Issue: India! If you’re from this country, what would you like to share with the CIS community? 8

CIS Cultural Newsletter - January 2014