What do you hate about the Netherlands?

Why Dutch people hate 1 cent coins.

Moving to another country means not only learning a new language, but also adapting to the respective customs and norms of the country. Admittedly, these differences, which one encounters in everyday life, are admittedly somewhat smaller when moving from Germany to the Netherlands than, for example, when staying in Central America, but they still exist.

Even normal errands like going to the supermarket can pose unexpected challenges. First of all, it is important to find the right cash register (depending on the type of payment, i.e. either cash or by card). Depending on the supermarket, however, you have to make sure that you have the right card. (My realization after a month in the Netherlands: A card is not just a card.) Once you have overcome these obstacles, you should avoid the following faux pas. Give the seller the right amount of money for the € 1.06-expensive lemonade? Not in the Netherlands. While every German saleswoman is more likely to be happy about this detail, the Dutch colleagues are more confused. Not only that, in my case my 1 cent coin was returned to me with the phrase “we don't like 1 cent coins here”.

But what does it mean?

Since September 2004 there have been no 1- and 2-cent coins in the Netherlands, which is why the shops have either been rounded up or down since then. For example, € 1.57 is rounded down to € 1.55, and € 4.98 is rounded up to € 5. Overall, this approach is averaged out so that neither the customer nor the business have to worry about paying more or losing money. This is also done in Finland; there is a similar law that has prescribed this practice since the introduction of the euro. The reason for this is, how could it be otherwise, the money. The production of 1 and 2 cent coins in Germany has resulted in a loss of 1.4 billion euros since 2002, as the production costs of a 1 cent coin are 1.65 cents. It is therefore estimated that the Netherlands will save up to 30 million euros in costs every year. A worthwhile “ban”. But the whole thing is not only worthwhile financially, in my opinion it also has positive effects for the consumer. There is significantly less change in your wallet and you also save some time at the till - thanks to the lack of searching for the right red coins.

In Germany, too, people are already thinking about doing the same to our neighbors, primarily because of the cost savings. But the will of the population was not there, at least back then, with 54% speaking out against such an abolition at the end of 2004. In the future, however, this practice will probably not be avoidable in Germany either, since the Bundesbank has wanted to make its cash supply more efficient for years. And especially here in the Netherlands you can see that cash is no longer absolutely necessary in today's society. "Pinning" (the Dutch term for the process of paying by card) is far more common than having cash with you and, as described above, there are several checkouts in every supermarket where you can pay in this way. So, in my opinion, it is only a matter of time before it happens in Germany as well.