Dictionary of Dutchness


Gedogen, which roughly translated means ‘turning a blind eye’, is the classic Dutch way of dealing with controversial subjects or minor infringements of the law. So, for example, the police turn a blind eye to small amounts of cannabis or a firm may be allowed to break environmental laws because it is expedient to do so. Some people argue it is impossible to explain this concept to anyone who is not Dutch.

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