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An Expat Guide To Preschool In Amsterdam

Friday July 21, 2017 (15:11:02)
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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 ...

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10 Things To Love About The Dutch Way Of Life

Thursday July 20, 2017 (15:06:03)
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Though the Netherlands may not be your homeland, it can still in time win your affections. Here are ten aspects of Dutch life which have found a warm place in the heart of many expatriates.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Childcare Options In The Netherlands

Friday July 14, 2017 (13:06:50)

With family far away, finding childcare can be an added expense for international parents new to the Netherlands.

Below are six common forms of childcare here and what you can expect from each service.


Au Pair

An au pair is a young adult aged between 18 and 30 who offers childcare services in return for board and lodgings and an allowance of €300-€400 per month. You may also be asked to contribute around €300 per year towards language lessons as this is an entitlement of their stay.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Learning Dutch

Wednesday July 12, 2017 (14:19:19)
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One of the comforts for newcomers relocating to the Netherlands is Dutch people’s friendly enthusiasm for speaking English.

The Dutch love the English language and they revel in any opportunity to use it. They have even been rated the best speakers of English in the world.   more ...

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De Balie: A Centre For International Culture In Amsterdam

Tuesday July 11, 2017 (11:59:23)
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Newcomers to the Netherlands seeking culture, debate and discussion in English can find a lovingly-curated programme of events at De Balie in central Amsterdam. The former district court, with its beautiful stained glass, doubles as a wedding venue when not hosting discussions and performances. In 2016, De Balie welcomed some 99,000 visitors to enjoy its film screenings, concerts, art exhibitions and debates. Not to mention the hundreds that flock there daily to drink coffee or meet friends for lunch.   more ...

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What Expats Need To Know When Moving To The Netherlands

Saturday May 06, 2017 (04:01:55)
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Expats from another European Union country planning to live in the Netherlands for more than three months must register with the nearest Municipality Administration (GBA) and will need various bits of documentation to register.

As with most countries, moving to the Netherlands will deliver something of a culture shock but expats will soon find ways to fit in. While the expat may make friends they shouldn't be surprised about not being invited to family events - the Dutch have tight family networks and keep them that way.   more ...

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Netherlands - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Monday May 01, 2017 (13:32:27)

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the Netherlands and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

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An Expat Guide to Working in the Netherlands

Thursday April 20, 2017 (13:46:36)

With around 95% of the population in work, and unemployment continuing to fall, the Netherlands provides good prospects for those seeking work. The average annual salary is around 48,000 euros and workers aged 15 and above are entitled to a minimum wage.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Having A Baby In The Netherlands

Thursday April 06, 2017 (15:09:11)

The Netherlands practises a calm and informed approach to pregnancy, which is deemed to be a healthy and normal state and not a medical condition which requires intense scrutiny. While this can be frustrating when you are trying to get a referral for something you are seriously worried about, it is also a welcome break from the hysteria that is sometimes attached to this natural life event.   more ...

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Choosing A Primary School In The Netherlands

Wednesday March 29, 2017 (13:48:09)
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With around 7000 primary schools to choose from, newcomers to the Netherlands need clear information to identify the best fit for their child. We answer the key questions on primary education options to help you begin your search.   more ...