The Dutch Are Very Tolerant.

Of Pain.

The Dutch have a reputation for being an open and tolerant society. This includes a rather high pain tolerance, as anyone who’s visited the Dutch healthcare system will know. In the US & the UK I’ve encountered the phrase “This may hurt a bit,” and it usually hurts ‘a bit’ more than advertised. But at least they ease me into it. And, at US & UK dentists, I’ve even been offered a painkiller. In the Netherlands, I’ve encountered the phrase “This is going to hurt”. And – OH! – it hurts. And they seem to pride themselves on being honest about it.