We think this project was a very good idea. It was interesting to communicate with people from another country. It is good if you learn something about each other's culture and society. But, next time a few things has to be improved. The planning of this project wasn't very good, there wasn't a lot of time left when we heard what our assignement was. Also, a lot of Dutch students didn't get answers, we did, but for the people who didn't it was hard to do something with this project. The end assignement wasn't very clear, it is better if you know what you have to do exactly. And, with this project it is difficult to give a grade for all you have done, because, as said earlier, not everyone received answers.

Although, things have to be improved this was fun to do and we've learned a lot. It's good if you answer questions about your own culture too because it makes you think about your own country and differences between other countries. Maybe there can be videoconferencing to motivate people who participate in the project. It is nice to see whom you are talking with. So, in the future this project is a good assignement for other classes, but the planning has to be improved.

Greetings from Maxine and Rozemarijn

1. Do teenagers of different subcultures get along with each other, what about intercultural dating and marriage?
In general there are a lot of seperate groups, but we do get along with each other. You see for example people who are moroccan forming a group faster than a group that exists out of mixed ethnicities. We (Maxine and Rozemarijn) do have friends who have another ethnicity. So, it's normal if people from different subcultures date and marry each other. But, most people marry within their own subculture.

2. Do different ethnicities/religions accept homosexuality and for instance same-sex marriage?
Only extreme religious people do not accept homosexuality and same-sex marriage. But, same-sex marriage is allowed in the Netherlands. A lot op people accept homosexuality.

This is our queen, her name is Beatrix.

3. What is traditional culture in Macedonia/the Netherlands?
Dutch people think being on time for an appointment is very important and it is considered as rude if you're not on time. We play a lot of soccer and we are very dedicated to our national team. Everyone has a bike and we use it all the time. Our national colour is orange, we wear it for example, on Queensday. One of our oldest traditions is what we call 'Sinterklaas' it's pretty much the same as Santa Claus in America. We celebrate Sinterklaas on 5 december. He is a old man who gives presents, but this is all made up for the children so they can get presents. And, the parents lie about that Sinterklaas gives them the presents but the parents are the ones who buy them. We have a lot of old traditional games like 'the game of goose'. We have a national anthem called 'Het Wilhelmus'. A lot of other countries think we all walk on wooden shoes and we have a lot of mills and tulips. Well we do have mills and tulips but that's not what you can call the Dutch culture and we definetely don't walk on wooden shoes, except for some farmers.

4. What kind of schools are there for your level, are they separated according to religion and or ethnicity?

There are lot of different schools in the Netherlands. We have seperate religious school, such as Christian schools, but you don't necessarilly have to be religious if you want to go to these schools. Our school system has different levels. The lower levels are for people who like to work with their hands and the higher levels are for people who like to learn from books. We do have black schools and white school, but they arise because we have porer and richer areas and these kids all go to the school in their neighbourhood.

5. What ethnic groups are mostly in the media in a negative way and why?
The Muslims because their religion isn't complety accepted in our country. A lot of Dutch people are prejudiced about Muslims. They think they all hit their wives and that the man is the boss. But, that's only true if you look at the extreme muslims. If one extrememist does something wrong, then the prejudiced people see that as a confirmation.

6. Are the different ethnic groups represented equally in government on the several levels?
Yes, there are different political groups who represent ethnic groups. We have the left side who are positive about the ethnic groups and immigrants and we have the right side who is against ethnic people. There aren't a lot of people with a certain ethnicity in the government itself.

7. What stereotypes do people hold about eachother?
We have 'Sjonny's' who are anti-social people that are very tanned and wear a lot of gold and don't have a good taste for fashion. We have the rich people called 'Kakkers' who wear neat clothes and are very arrogant. And, we have the ethnic groups who are seen like being aggressive and that they are always looking for trouble.

8. What issues do different groups of people face everyday? (example: lower class, unemployed...etc)
The ethnic groups face a lot of discrimination and prejudices. There aren't a lot of people who are extremely poor, we do have poor people but they get some money from the government. People who had low education or no education have a lot of trouble with getting a job, also ethnic groups like moroccans face difficulties with getting a job.