Dictionary of Dutchness


The boerkini or burqua bikini is the word coined by the Dutch press to describe the all-concealing bathing suit favoured by strictly religious Islamic women. Some swimming pools banned the garment because it could give rise to ‘uneasy feelings’ in other swimmers – but the equal opportunities commission said this was discrimination. After all, most Dutch swimming pools also have special nudist hours.

All typical untranslatable Dutch words and expressions translated in the Dictionairy of Dutchness
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