Brazilians in the Lowlands
Brazil has been in the spotlight for the last ten years because of its emerging economy and has been establishing itself as a safe and promising place for investments. However, it has never really been mentioned by the media before - that is until this ye
The country of soccer
This is just one of the many titles of this wonderful country. Defining Brazil, what it means to be Brazilian and being a Brazilian citizen (especially as an immigrant) is a very difficult task. Brazil is huge and many others such as the Indigenous, Portuguese, African, German, Italian and Dutch populations influenced its culture. Every region of Brazil has its own peculiarities – but that does not stop the country from maintaining its unity and Brazilians in general are very proud of their diversity. When talking about being a Brazilian, it is mandatory to mention the indigenous populations that were in Brazil before the colonisation by the Portuguese in 1500. Influences remain in the Brazilian happiness, resilience, food and Portuguese language spoken by the nationals. An example of this can be found in the language, take the word Ipanema – known for its association with the expensive tourist destination and famous beach in Brazil, it is a synonym of elegance, but ironically it translates to “stinky lake” in the indigenous language Tupi.
Facts about Brazilians living in the Netherlands:
The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs estimates that there are more than 27,000 Brazilians living in the
Netherlands. It is the biggest South-American population in the country and the main reasons for the migration are work, study and multicultural relationships. Although many Brazilians live in the Netherlands, few adapt well to the Dutch culture. As the saying goes: “Brazilians can come out of Brazil, but Brazil has never come out of a Brazilian.” Some of the biggest challenges of the Brazilian community in the Netherlands are: Lack of the Sun: They miss the sun a lot! There is not a Brazilian who doesn’t dream (at least once) about walking on the street wearing Havaianas (Brazilian Flip-flops) and shorts. Language: Brazilians are not into languages. Dutch is a language from another planet for them. Food: Lunch (a warm meal) is especially important. If you hang out with Brazilians, you will probably hear about Caipirinha, Feijoada, Pão-de-Queijo, Coxinha, Guaraná and Picanha. They are constantly looking for opportunities to eat Brazilian food.
Schedule: They are spontaneous and relaxed. They don’t normally use agendas and constantly arrive late. Don’t take their issues with punctuality as a sign of disrespect and be prepared for last minute appointments if you want to have Brazilian friends. Noise regulations: They love to party and they love (loud) music, they can’t live without it. Formality: They are friendly, social and informal. Brazilians commonly use the first name when addressing people, if they don’t give you a nickname. When they speak to others, they like to be close to them and have a lot of physical contact such as touching arms and elbows during conversations. Gestures: The “OK” hand signal is a rude gesture; they normally make use of the thumbs up! They love using it together with the sentences: Tudo bem! (All right!) Tudo de bom! (All the best!). When in the Netherlands, do as the Brazilians do: Eat and drink as a Brazilian: www.rodizio.nu www.facebook.com/lunchroomipanemadenhaag
“Brazilians can come out of Brazil, but Brazil has never come out of a Brazilian”.
Speak as a Brazilian: www.taalbrasil.nl Dance as a Brazilian: www.julianabraga.nl Play capoeira as a Brazilian: www.capoeiradenhaag.nl Get informed about Brazilians: www.facebook.com/groups/vivendonaholanda www.sambadequintal.nl Attend Brazilian Concerts and Events: www.vivabrasil.nl www.taalbrasil.nl Go to a dentist as a Brazilian: www.casarini.nl Go to a hairdresser, manicurist, and have a Brazilian wax as a Brazilian: www.anubiastudio.com And of course: cheer for Brazil in the next World Cup!