Chris Smit

Chris Smit is an Author, Entrepreneur, International Public Speaker, Consultant, and Interculturalist.

He has worked with thousands of individuals from over 100 nationalities in more than 45 different countries, sharing his know-how on Cultural Differences doing many hundreds of Cultural Awareness Workshops.

All Chris's Articles

I Could Learn Anything

In this edition of The XPat Journal, Chris Smit focuses on two aspects of education. Namely the fields of study available at Dutch Universities and the coaching phenomenon in the Netherlands. Both of these phenomena have their roots in two… read more >

Simple & Stingy

Last year, when The XPat Journal published a special on housing, Chris Smit wrote an article on why the Dutch keep their curtains open all the time and why it is OK to peek inside if you want. This time,… read more >

Attitude towards Work and Superiors

The magazine The Economist sites a reason for this high level of part-time work in the Netherlands: few men had to leave their homes to fight in the two world wars in Europe, contrary to the US and Britain. In… read more >

To Your Health…

There’s a saying that goes: “The Dutch think that they are the only sane people in a totally insane world.” When it comes to health(care), it is no different. In this article the author takes a cultural look at how… read more >

Why, How, What for?

If you’re an expat living in the Netherlands, and your children go to a local, Dutch school, you might wonder who is in charge, or how any teacher manages to teach these kids anything. The kids are running around; outside,… read more >

Nothing To Hide

Many expats living in the Netherlands look at the Dutch, and probably think that they are a strange people. However, one thing about the Dutch really does seem to stand out. And that is the fact that in many Dutch… read more >

Career and Employment in the Netherlands

Wrong Culture, Right Culture? When it comes to describing cultural differences, one of the greatest challenges is to not succumb to the temptation of over-simplified stereotyping. Stereotyping is a useful psychological way for human beings to quickly make sense of… read more >