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The Netherlands

The Netherlands - Efficient, safe, and open-minded, the Netherlands is a charming country where historical architecture, canals and flower markets enchant visitors. Not only an easy country to explore, Holland is also easygoing, with cultured and unassuming people.

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  5 Things You Should Do When Living In The Netherlands (And 1 You Definitely Shouldn’t)


Articles - Netherlands (Holland)

Living in the Netherlands is like a dream come true for men and women of all ages from around the world. This is probably because the standard of living in the Netherlands is at par with or perhaps even a bit higher than some of the developed western countries. Moreover, the Dutch are a warm, friendly, welcoming and liberal lot, without being overly formal. There is an abundance of cultural and social activities that you can participate in, which will ensure that your stay in this country a memorable and rewarding experience! Here is a list of 5 things you should do when living in the Netherlands:

1. Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam   more ...

  An Overview Of International Schools in The Netherlands


Articles - Netherlands (Holland)

Expats in the Netherlands have a choice of many good international schools for their children. The Dutch Ministry of Education partly subsidizes most international schools and these schools remain within ministry rules. Due to this subsidy, the schools are able to offer more affordable fees.

Students eligible for admission into these schools include those from non-Dutch families with expat status living in the country for a limited duration of time, those from internationally mobile Dutch mobiles who have been largely educated overseas and for whom international education will help to ensure continuity, and those from Dutch families bound for international assignments who therefore need to switch from education in Dutch to English.   more ...

  5 Expat Clubs In The Netherlands You Should Consider Joining


Articles - Netherlands (Holland)

It is often a challenge for expats to make connections with people in a new place. The good news is that there are ways to slowly and steadily meet new people and build fulfilling friendships and business relationships. One of these ways is to join any of many expat clubs and associations, which are present in most countries. These clubs organize social networking events where new and old expats can come together. The Netherlands too has some excellent expat clubs and here are five of them you may consider joining.   more ...

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Articles - Netherlands (Holland)

With a dense population of 16.6 million, the Netherlands is widely known as the Gateway to Europe, due to its waterway access to Belgium, France and Germany. It is rich in culture, English is widely spoken, the cost of living is cheaper than in other European countries and the climate is mild.

As well as being a hit with tourists from across the World, the Netherlands is a popular destination for expats due to the welcome it provides, which go as far as to let expats with residency status vote in local elections.

Where you reside in the Netherlands will usually depend on your personal situation and which factors are most important to your decision, for example employment, schooling, retirement issues or leisure facilities. If you enjoy culture and typical Dutch features, such as tulips, windmills and canals, then Rotterdam would not be your likely choice; however, if you want a relaxed city, Maastricht could be the ideal place for you to set up your home and new life.   more ...

  Dutch Driving Theory Test: Gehaald!


Articles - Netherlands (Holland)

by Tiffany Jarman Jansen

On July 22, 2009 at 9:55 am I took the train to Amsterdam Sloterdijk. I waited 10 minutes outside a bus waiting for the driver to finish his pause. I took the bus to the CBR building. The whole trip, I had my eyes glued to the Driving Theory Manual I had borrowed a few days before. As I flipped pages, I ran through theory rules and statistics.

The past several weeks, I've been preparing for my Rijbewijs Theorie Examen or my Driving Theory Exam. Because I'm not a member of the European Union, I had to get a Dutch driver's license. The part I really love about this is that Brits and Irishfolk and the like belong to the EU and so are able to skip this fun sequence of events and money suckling I have to go through. EVEN THOUGH THEY DRIVE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND CAR! Yes, the Dutch drive the same way we do in America, France, Germany, Belgium, etc. Left side of the car, right side of the road. Yet, after 6 months my American license is no longer valid here and I suddenly don't know how to drive anymore? Now, to be fair, since learning all these theory tidbits, I have felt loads safer on the road. Not to mention there were a few things I was doing that aren't so much legal here...   more ...

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