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MOVING TO THE NETHERLANDS IN MAY 2005

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MOVING TO THE NETHERLANDS IN MAY 2005

Post Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 2:13 pm

Hello to everyone and anyone,

My familt and I are moving to Eindhoven in May, does anyone have some basic tips for dealing with life in Holland?

Also any tips on cheap car leasing/purchase and best ways of banking would be appreciated.

Many thank,

Edward.

 

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Re: MOVING TO THE NETHERLANDS IN MAY 2005

Post Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:35 pm

Hi Edward,

A warm welcome to Expat Focus (and an early welcome to the Netherlands).

We have some basic information here

www.expatfocus.com/exp...olland.php

Anything else you want to know, just shout!

Kind regards,

Jamie


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Re: MOVING TO THE NETHERLANDS IN MAY 2005

Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 5:58 pm

Dear Rod,

Thank you for your warm words, much appreciated.

We are making good use of the site and find it very helpful.

We will keep in touch.

Kind regards,


Edward and family.

 

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Re: MOVING TO THE NETHERLANDS IN MAY 2005

Post Posted: Tue May 03, 2005 9:53 pm

Hi,
I am an American who has been living in Holland for almost two years. I am located more in the western part of the Netherlands, not far from Amsterdam but I am familiar with the area where you are moving. You wil find that Holland is a small country so it doesn't take long to get from one place to another.

As for car rental/leasing, I do not know much information on that. I do know that, depending on where you are moving from, car purchases are much higher than in the U.S. Also, the public transportation system is very very good here so if you are in Eindhoven, you will, at least, have access to many places and services by train and bus and will have the time to figure out your car situation.

Life here in Holland is peaceful and laid back, esp. compared to the U.S.
You absolutely do not let rain keep you from doing anything outside, because if you do, you would never go anywhere. haha. YOu will find that most all Dutch speak and understand English, so communicating with the Dutch will not be difficult if you do not know the Dutch language.

Specific areas of questions, I would be more than happy to answer for you. And I wish you much luck and an easy move to the Netherlands.
Martha

 

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Re: MOVING TO THE NETHERLANDS IN MAY 2005

Post Posted: Tue May 03, 2005 11:10 pm

Edward,

I just noticed you were looking for some banking advice. After living in the Netherlands for the past 6 years I would offer the following:

1. Avoid ABN AMRO

2. Avoid ABN AMRO

3. The PostBank offers good service (both online, over the phone, and in Post Offices)

4. Avoid ABN AMRO

You may detect a slight bias against ABN AMRO in the above. I have never met a less helpful, less professional financial organisation (and I'm not alone, including comments I've heard from staff working for the bank itself). For some unfathomable reason, however, it still promotes itself as the bank for expats in the Netherlands. Don't be fooled.

I'm very happy with the PostBank though Smile

Cheers,

Jamie


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Re: MOVING TO THE NETHERLANDS IN MAY 2005

Post Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 3:08 pm

I use Rabobank here in Holland. I have found them to be very good and very fast with bank transfers to the U.S.
Martha

 

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