Today nrc.next published 100 questions about The Netherlands one has to answer if you wish to come here by marrying someone who already lives here.
I don’t know how many questions you should answer correctly, but the sixth question,
Wat betekent Nederland?, or in English,
What does The Netherlands mean? already gave me trouble. I was thinking about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of sexual orientation, Harry Potter for minister-president and things like that. As it turns out, the answer was as simple as
I doubt how answering those questions correctly will make anybody a better (Dutch) citizen. Especially the knowledge that many cyclists in traffic is something typically Dutch (question 22) seems quite useless to me… I know it is so, but I couldn’t think of an answer to the question nevertheless when I read it.
However, they do get some kind of teachings-package thing they can study before they have to answer the questions, so that would make it a lot easier. I suppose that if the questions are in Dutch, at least it’s a test to wether they can speak enough Dutch to understand and make themselves understandable or not.