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How to Enjoy Your First Expat Christmas in Amsterdam

Friday December 08, 2017 (11:40:35)

For expats who celebrate Christmas, being far away from friends and family can make the festivities feel somewhat muted, so it’s a good idea to create your own traditions in your new home. Here are ten ways to make the season special during your time in Amsterdam.


Decorate A Christmas Tree

What better way to create a homely, holiday feel in your new country than to put a cheerfully-decorated Christmas tree in the window? Vendors can be spotted by the road-side at this time of year and garden centres such as Intratuin in the Watergraafsmeer district and Tuincentrum Ottenhof in Nieuw-West also stock specimens.   more ...

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Interview With Dennis Cowles, Chairman, Amsterdam American Business Club

Wednesday November 29, 2017 (11:03:49)
Dennis Cowles
Dennis, how did you first become an expat?

Having finished Boston University School of Management, I decided with a cycling friend to take a tour of Europe by bicycle for the summer of 1980. My friend cancelled at the last minute after months of planning, so I decided to go it alone. This summer trip turned into nearly a year and a half tour that included many Western European countries, Morocco and the UK.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Health Insurance In The Netherlands

Monday October 30, 2017 (10:59:05)

Starting life as an expat can get expensive: relocating your family and pets, finding a place to live, visas and flights all add up.

Unlike many other countries in Europe, the Netherlands has no government-sponsored healthcare system. So if you’re moving there, you’ll have to add health insurance premiums to that expense.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Bringing Pets Into The Netherlands

Thursday October 19, 2017 (15:00:54)

If you’re moving to the Netherlands, there is no need to leave your furry friends at home, since the country allows newcomers to bring their family pets with them. However, owners should be aware of the strict conditions relating to pet travel and complete the paperwork in good time. Check out our guide for answers to the most important questions on non-human expatriates.   more ...

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10 Scary Places To Get Goosebumps In The Netherlands

Tuesday October 03, 2017 (08:44:18)
Pain Cellar in the Prison Gate Museum, (c) Kees Hageman
Fancy freaking yourself out? No need to miss out on a spook-fest while you are living in the Netherlands. Here are some creepy destinations to give you the shivers.


The Prison Gate Museum, The Hague
www.gevangenpoort.nl

Just west of the Hofvijver, in the centre of The Hague, stands the foreboding Museum de Gevangenpoort, a thirteenth century castle gate which later became a prison. Its medieval jailers used torture to force confessions, meted out sadistic public punishments, and sentenced many of its occupants to death. Today many of these instruments of terror are on display and visitors can roam the rooms and feel the chill of their grim past.   more ...

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Expat Centre IN Amsterdam: A One-Stop Shop For International Newcomers

Wednesday September 27, 2017 (09:08:41)
IN Amsterdam (c) Niels Blekemolen
Expat centres in the Netherlands are enjoying a radical restyle, and IN Amsterdam is leading the way. Expat Focus heads to its HQ in Amsterdam’s stylish World Trade Center to find out more about the rationale behind the new branding and the services that expatriates can expect from the centre.   more ...

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A Guide To Renting An Apartment In The Netherlands

Tuesday September 26, 2017 (08:56:59)

Looking to move to the Netherlands? When it comes to finding the right place for you, that little flat in the hip part of town or that beautiful 18th century-built apartment overlooking the canals may be just around the corner.   more ...

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Why Your Kids Will Love Living In Amsterdam

Wednesday September 06, 2017 (07:42:11)

Amsterdam is an exciting city with a friendly, family vibe and plenty for children to do.

Here are 10 reasons why kids are happy here.   more ...

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10 Dutch Festivals You Really Shouldn't Miss

Tuesday August 22, 2017 (08:07:51)

Want to party like the Dutch? Mark up your calendar with these ten fun festivals.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Preschool In Amsterdam

Friday July 21, 2017 (15:11:02)
(c) Pixabay
Preschool (voorschool) is a government-subsidised schooling system for children aged 2.5 to 4. More structured than a playschool, the voorschool works in association with their local primary school (basisschool) and is designed to equip children – in a fun way - with the basic skills for school life.   more ...