Celebrated Laid-Back Award NETHERLANDS
Why? Compared with most women in the world, Dutch women have it all—with reproductive rights and high rates of political participation. It may come as a bewildering shock to some, considering the fact that the country has been consistently ranked in the top-five for women, but Dutch women are happy with being employed as part-timers instead of full-timers. They take a relaxed approach to their careers, vastly different from the glass-ceiling shattering and constant drive of the modern 21st century woman. That’s not to say it is not a feminist country, but here, a woman’s success in the workplace doesn’t define who she is and her rights.
What to eat? When we say go Dutch, we don’t mean split the bill, but feast on what the locals have to offer. • For the traditionalist: the Hollandse nieuwe haring is a must-try when you visit the country.
• To eat, pinch the fish’s tail, throw your head back, and dangle the fish over your mouth.
• For the cheese connoisseur: enjoy Gouda cheese accompanied with a pint of beer or a glass of wine.
• For the sweet tooth: if you’re a fan of liquorice, the Dutch love this candy snack – it comes in every shape, flavour, and size imagineable!