Less distance, bigger differences
Their distance is less, but there are significant variations in their culture and business style. Living styles are different, and the way people eat, take breaks, consider their families and laws are very distinct.
The first thing is that both countries are developed, have low corruption, and are politically stable. The good part is that in both countries, English is spoken so well that you would not even feel like learning their native language.
If you see the size of their population and landscape, it is quite different in both countries. In the Netherlands, around 4 people live in 1km, making it a densely populated country in Europe. You would be amazed to read the disparity as, in Sweden, only 22 people live in the area of 1 km. Plus, as per the region, Sweden is 10 times bigger than the Netherlands.
Swedish people relish eating pickled herring with herbs; it is their favourite dish. They eat it on Easter, Christmas, and all the months in between. They usually eat it with knackebrod, which is dark bread. They prefer eating herring at home with their closed ones; you would rarely see them eating herring in public places.
Dutch people prefer eating herring raw and fresh. As they have more population, therefore, herring eaters are also more. They love eating it raw, along with adding some chopped onions to it. They eat in public places too, unlike the Swedens.
Swedens are well known for parental love. In fact, their policies are also made so that they could spend more time with their kids. They have a law in which one parent can take leave up to 120 days in a year if the child is unwell.
But, the Netherlands is quite the opposite when it comes to such laws. They only provide a leave of a few hours, or in case of emergency, parents can take the leave for twice the number of hours they work weekly. For example, if they work 50 hours a week, then they can take a leave of 100 hours in a year.
There is a good law for labour in the Netherlands that if someone consecutively gets three temporary projects, he can receive a fixed contract. If the employee receives a temporary contract for more than two years, he would also get a fixed deal automatically, but the gap should not be more than 6 months.
Whereas, in Sweden, the employee gets a fixed contract after just 6 months of probation period. In a few companies, a regular contract of an indefinite period is also given.
In Sweden, people believe in working seriously without taking many breaks and doing chit chats. Usually, people leave the office by 3 in the afternoon, the employees are happier, and they work more efficiently as they mostly work for 6 hours a day.
In the Netherlands, people mostly do overtime and work for around 8 hours a day.
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