Well, the word for it anyway. (And the existence of gin.) The word “booze” comes from Olde Dutch slang for “to drink heavily.” Other Dutch contributions to the English lexicon include hemp (duh), landscape, boss, yankee, spooky, cookie, coffee, cruise, quack, skate, and Santa Claus (to name a handful).
5. Marriage equality
The world’s first legal same-sex marriage ceremony took place between four couples in Amsterdam at midnight on April 1st, 2001 and was presided over by the (very enthusiastic) Mayor Job Cohen himself.
6. The Enlightenment
By the 17th century, the Netherlands (particularly Amsterdam) was already a cultural melting pot. They also had a particular distaste for being told what to do and decided they were going to print whatever damn books they felt like. Together, this not only spawned local free thinkers (most notably Baruch Spinoza), but also attracted top thinkers from neighboring countries, like France (René Descartes) and England (John Locke).