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The Importance of Integration and Why My Dutch Friends Rock

According to the International Community Platform, there are around 500,000 internationals living and working in the Netherlands; and according to World Meters and World Population Overview, the total population (live estimate) is of 17,105,348. In my opinion, it is here where you ask yourself: In which perimeter would I like living on?

Before moving to the Netherlands, it was clear to me and my darling that I wanted all the way in: take a job where Dutch was required and work towards integration. I didn't want to miss out on life, or so that was and is my view. Has it been easy? Absolutely not. I have ridiculed myself on limitless occasions thanks to my broken Dutch. Has it been fun? I must say it usually has! It is a balance between forgiving myself and not taking words or situations too personal.

My advice for a successful integration is to get out of your comfort zone. It doesn't matter which country you come from, it is important that you invest time learning from others.…