Hello everybody, I'm a native Dutch which has seen quite a lot from the world and lived in in other countries as well.
I like the fact that everyone is nagging on the Dutch, if you'd be really happy, you're out there having fun with your new Dutch friends instead of complaining on the internet.
There are different kind of people here on this topic, you see the people that spend their holidays here or visited the Netherlands a few time. They're gernerally talking in a good sense about the Dutch, why wouldn't they? They are on holidays and everything is nice.
And I hear a lot of people that moved to the Netherlands for a few years and during this journey they figured; they're not as nice as I thought they'd be.
Just remember that there is not a country in the world that is paradise. And when you start living and working here... you have to adapt, like in every other country. and everyone that says that we are rude, maybe so in your opinion. but we are straight to the point and honest as well. This is what you won't find in many other cultures and it's a behavior we own. If you can't handle the truth, you're going to have a bad time.
While doing business; business is busines, nothing personal. keep that in mind. we're not looking for friends whenever we're working.
About making friends in the Netherlands, I am sure that it's hard. Knowing myself and I have quite a few international friends, it's hard. We're kind towards them and we do speak English, butttt... not to offend anyone. We already have our own friends. it's really hard to get closer to somebody, because with the limited time we have nowadays we want to spend our time with friends that we've for many years/decades.
So you make Dutch friends, but mostly not for a very long time. You have to keep inviting them for dinner or something to make it really work, because I believe we Dutch people are really lazy at that.
Conclusion: We Dutch are stubborn, but honest. Foreigners living in the Netherlands have to adept to the Dutch standards if you want to "survive" because we would adept if we would migrate to your country. ( keep that in mind ).
Furthermore, I hope everyone enjoys their stay in the Netherlands and if you do live in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague... come down to Noord-Brabant, check out Breda, 's-Hetogenbosch and Eindhoven. people are different here