Wednesday 18 September 2019

Just 5% of Dutch households entertain guests at least once a week: survey

Just 5% of Dutch households entertain visitors at home at least once a week, while 83% have guests less than once a month or never, according to an international online survey of 17 countries by research group GFK.

The definition of ‘receiving guests’ include dinner parties, visits by friends, watching a film together or simply having a cup of coffee.

Mexicans and Argentinians are most likely to have visitors to their homes. Some 42% of Mexican households and 39% of Argentine families entertain visitors at least once a week.

Overall, households with young children and people in their twenties are the most frequent hosts, the survey found.

In the Netherlands, which came bottom in the ranking alongside Japan, 12% of households with children under the age of six have visitors at least once a week.  But 19% of the people surveyed said they never entertained guests at all. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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