Noteworthy Dutch dinner table conversation items

17th century art
Westland Agriculture dominates Europe
International Flower trade
Engineering of Dikes, Polders sea protections in the past and now
Engineering of sea protections in Venice, Bangladesh, New Orleans
VOC The first capitalist enterprise, spices
Colonial past: Brasil, Indonesia, West Indies, South Africa, Hudson Valley
Dutch-English wars of sea hegemony
The history of Dutch Royalty
How Holland became independent
The Dutch Constitution as model
Amsterdam: Baroque Music Capital of the world
Emigration to US: Hudson Valley, Michigan, Iowa
Bad side of Holland: The Africa -- USA slave trade
Bad side of Holland: Pirating the West Indies
Big companies: Philips, Unilever, Shell,  ING bank
Dutch Scientists: Kamerling Onnes, Van Leeuwenhoek, Huygens, Lorentz
Dutch Composers: Sweelinck
Dutch Movie stars: Jeroen Krabbe
Dutch social tolerance: drugs, prostitution, abortion, euthanasia
Problems now:  xenophobia
Problems now:  eternal traffic jams