Dutch culture is based on Christian ideology. Still, this ideology mostly influences Dutch politics. However, since the industrial revolution, the influence of other ideologies and religions increases.
Dutch society is modern and egalitarian. In general, inhabitants are tolerant, modest, entrepreneurial, and independent. Ambition, education, personal achievement and hard work are highly valued qualities. Most Dutch people repel towards people who flaunt themselves for no other reason then showing off. "Be normal, than you will be fool enough" is a common phrase in the Netherlands. Most Dutch people might come across as not polite, by going straight to the matter at hand. This usually makes them look stiff or uptight in a foreigners view. However, if you get to know them better, they might surprise you with a positive twist. For example: the Dutch are particularly good in their languages. Almost 90 percent of the Dutch is able to speak the English language and most of the people working in the tourist sector, are also capable of speaking the German and/ or the French language.
Their cultural heritage, artistic and musical legacy, rich history and involvement in international affairs are subjects Dutch people are proud of.