A Guide to Netherlands Housing

  The Netherlands is densely populated and finding the right house for you can be a challenge.   If your expat assignment is a medium (three years) to long term one (more than five years) and you are looking at a property segment where the monthly rent is considerable, then buying maybe a good option for you.   If you are staying in the Netherlands for less than three years it may well be preferable to rent.   Netherlands Housing - Renting a House   There … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About Jobs in Netherlands

  The job market in the Netherlands is varied and, depending on where you live, provides employment opportunities for expats.   Netherlands’ jobs range from the agricultural sector, particularly in the flower, vegetable and meat industries, to office based work in international and local organisations.   The Hague has proved particularly attractive to organisations that employ a wide range of nationalities, making the area attractive for expats.   The presence of … [Read more...]

A Guide to the Netherlands Immigration Process

  If you are planning to relocate to the Netherlands, then you must have all the right paperwork to legally reside and work there.   Here is an overview of Dutch immigration policy.   The Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst (IND) handles residence permits, Netherlands visa, asylum requests and work permits. Their website has a comprehensive English section and a ‘residence wizard’ which details the route you need to take to obtain the relevant Netherlands visas and permits … [Read more...]

Welcome to Holland – Information About Netherlands

  Getting yourself set up in a new country takes some organising.   Here is some information about the Netherlands to help you get settled.     Welcome to Holland - Important Information Netherlands - Overview Netherlands Immigration Netherlands Culture Netherlands Housing Netherlands Jobs   Keeping In Touch: Netherlands Internet, Telephone and Television   Dutch Television   There are three public … [Read more...]

Getting to Grips with The Netherlands Culture

  Understanding the Netherlands Culture When you think of the Netherlands, windmills, clogs, tulips and cheese come to mind.   Whilst there are plenty of windmills marking the Dutch landscape, farmers in rural areas do still wear clogs and tulips and cheese are in abundance there is much more to the Netherlands’ culture than meets the eye.   Interacting With The Dutch People   Greeting in the Netherlands is done by way of a handshake. For close friends and family … [Read more...]

What Expats Should Know About Rotterdam, The Netherlands?

Answered by Arwa Lokhandwala an Expat in Rotterdam, The Netherlands   Expats Guide: In which city are you living?   Arwa Lokhandwala: I live in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.   Expats Guide: What is the spoken language, and how much local language do you need to know for daily living?   Arwa Lokhandwala: Dutch is the native language, although English is also widely spoken. It is because of this reason, that there is no problem for an expat to carry out daily … [Read more...]

How is Expatriate Life in Maastricht, the Netherlands?

  Answered by Amanda Potter     Maastricht is a smallish, but beautiful city set in the Limburg providence along the boarder of Belgium. With lots of great, old architecture and a modern University, Maastricht has a rich, historical aura that is at the same time comfortable and friendly.   The city is quite popular with Dutch people for shopping, and is well-known for the yearly Carnaval celebrations. Limburg is more hilly than the rest of the … [Read more...]

Expat Life in Utrecht, The Netherlands as Described by an American in Holland

Answered by Tiffany Jarman Jansen   Expats Guide: In which city are you living?   Tiffany Jarman Jansen Utrecht, The Netherlands   Expats Guide: What is the spoken language, and how much local language do you need to know for daily living?   Tiffany Jarman Jansen Dutch is the spoken language. After a year here, I am able to do all my daily activities is Dutch. This is not always necessary, however, as most everyone understands English and speaks it … [Read more...]