17+ Exciting Ways To Say Congratulations In Dutch

Ling Learn Languages
5 min readApr 27, 2023


Original blog post: https://ling-app.com/nl/congratulations-in-dutch/ (with audio🔊)

Knowing how to say congratulations is crucial for beginners. Why? Because you can say it to anyone, even strangers and make an impact.

Even if you’re going to be a tourist in The Netherlands, there will be opportunities to wish people congratulations. You may happen to be at a restaurant for someone’s birthday. What a great time to wish them congratulations!

There are of course other ways to wish someone felicitations such as offering a heartfelt congratulations and many more!

Let’s take away your need to search for ways to congratulate someone in Dutch by bookmarking this article. It’s time to dive in and learn Dutch.

How To Say Congratulations In Dutch

“Congratulations” in Dutch is Gefeliciteerd Gefeliciteerd. Here is a list of the different verb forms of congratulations to make learning Dutch easier for you!

  • Congratulate (Feliciteren)
  • Congratulated (gefeliciteerd)
  • To congratulate (Feliciteren)
  • Congratulating (feliciteren)

Especially if you have just begun learning the Dutch language, words like congratulations will be an asset. First, it will help you start conversations in different contexts and allow you to communicate more freely with the Dutch people. Second, it will allow you to practice speaking Dutch better and get you more in touch with the culture.

General Ways To Congratulate In Dutch

You don’t always have to say congratulations. That gets a bit boring, doesn’t it? So here we will go through some general phrases that can also be used to congratulate someone in a friendly and professional manner.

After this, we’ll look at some more fun alternatives and ways of giving praise.

1. Congratulations on your success! (Gefeliciteerd met je succes!)

This phrase can be used to praise anyone in any formal or informal setting. It’s great to use when new friends or strangers win something.

2. Congrats. You did an excellent job! (Gefeliciteerd. Je hebt uitstekend werk geleverd!)

Why not use this as an opportunity to complement someone. If you’re working in The Netherlands, you can use this phrase to praise colleagues. It can also be used when speaking to children to tell them they’ve done well.

3. Keep it up (Ga zo door)

Speaking of children, this is a simple phrase you can use when congratulating your friend’s child or someone who is much younger than you. It will encourage them to keep going or working hard.

4. Proud of you! (Trots op jou!)

Who doesn’t like to hear that someone is proud of you? Spread the love with this powerful phrase in Dutch. It will mean so much to those near and dear to you, but it will also impact the professional world.

5. Good going! (Gaat goed!)

This is a rather casual way to show your support and recognize someone’s success. Make sure to use it with friends and family though as strangers may find it a bit rude.

Other Congratulatory Phrases In Dutch

In informal situations, these are some other simple ways to offer congratulations in Dutch.

  • Nicely done (Keurig gedaan)
  • You did it! (Je hebt het gedaan!)
  • Hats off to you (Petje af voor jou)
  • Here’s to you (Hier is voor jou)

Congratulation Wishes In Dutch For Different Occasions

Here are different lists of wishes that you can use according to the occasion.

Dutch Congratulation Phrases For Weddings Or Engagements

Dutch Congratulation Wishes For Job Success

Dutch Congratulations For Graduation

Congratulation Wishes For Motherhood In Dutch

You Made It! (Je hebt het gehaald!)

With a quick study of this article, you now know some of the best ways to congratulate someone in Dutch. There is of course more to learn about the Dutch language related to this topic such as:

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