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Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

The Expatriate Archive Centre: A Dutch Home For The Stories Of Expatriates Worldwide

Tuesday February 06, 2018 (11:30:44)

In 1992, as the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company (also known as Shell) prepared to celebrate its centenary, the wives of several senior expatriate employees felt that they too deserved recognition. These wives had made this success possible, after all. They had supported their partners each step of the way, adjusting family life as best they could to new and challenging territories, where oil was rich but creating a home was daunting. Their stories deserved to be chronicled.

These women initiated a call-out to other Shell spouses in 80 different countries, asking them to share their experiences. When this resulted in mail boxes bursting with material, the wives knew they had struck something special.   more ...

Netherlands > Financial

Netherlands

An Expat Guide To Opening A Bank Account In The Netherlands

Monday January 22, 2018 (12:14:23)

Get your finances sorted out early and you’ll feel as though a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Daily life in a new country is so much more manageable once you have a bank card in your pocket! Fortunately, setting up a bank account in the Netherlands is straightforward, so you should be good to go in no time.   more ...

Netherlands > Property

Netherlands

!WOON: Free Advice For Tenants And Owner Occupants In Amsterdam

Monday January 15, 2018 (10:47:51)

“If I could end the need for my own job… I’d actually be a happy bunny!” says Dafna Eccles, renting consultant at !WOON’s tenant advisory services in Amsterdam South. If tenants knew the rules, and property owners stuck to them, there would be no need for !WOON, she explains, and the world would be a better place.

However, the law is complicated, meaning tenants and owner occupants are in need of !WOON’s support and advice. For migrants who are unfamiliar with the rules and may be struggling to decipher documents in Dutch, the service is a godsend, and visitor numbers are rising in their seven Amsterdam branches.   more ...

Netherlands > Education

Netherlands

A Guide To International Schools In Rotterdam

Friday December 15, 2017 (15:38:50)

Despite being the second-biggest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam has relatively few international schools to choose from. It could be that this makes your decision easier if you have children and decide to move there!   more ...

Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

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 ...

Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

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 ...

Netherlands > Health

Netherlands

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 ...

Netherlands > Moving

Netherlands

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 ...

Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

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 ...

Netherlands > Moving

Netherlands

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 ...