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Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

How To Celebrate Your Birthday Like A Local In The Netherlands

Wednesday March 23, 2016 (13:56:17)
© Omer Wazir
Birthdays, like all other celebrations, vary greatly around the world. The western tradition of a birthday cake and candles is now popular in almost every part of the world, but there are still quite a number of local traditions that survive and thrive. In a handful of cultures, birthdays aren’t really marked as important dates, and therefore aren’t celebrated at all; in a few others, birthdays may be remembered but celebrations are actually frowned upon.   more ...

Netherlands > Education

Netherlands

Interview With Ydo Jousma, Cambridge Principal, International School Eerde

Friday March 04, 2016 (13:58:48)
International School Eerde
Ydo, you're the Cambridge Principal of the International School Eerde in Ommen. Tell us a bit about your role - what does your day-to-day routine look like?

I share my workload with Mr Justin Hughes, the IBDP principal at our school. We start with a short team briefing to update ourselves and our staff regarding issues of the day and their priority they take. Afternoons are spent with longer term planning.   more ...

Netherlands > Financial

Netherlands

Is €20,000 Enough To Live On In The Netherlands?

Saturday August 15, 2015 (14:41:15)
Image © Bert Kaufmann on Flickr
The introduction of the Euro in 2002 raised the cost of living in the Netherlands considerably. The locals still talk about how expensive things have become in the past few years. Yet, this country ranks lower in terms of expenses compared to some other European nations.

Like in any other country, larger cities in Netherlands tend to be more expensive than smaller towns. Therefore, the cost of living places in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hague, Utrecht, Leiden and Groningen comparatively high.   more ...

Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

Review – The Devil Wears Clogs

Saturday August 01, 2015 (15:28:05)
The Devil Wears Clogs by Jennifer Burge
Jennifer Burge is an American expat who has lived in a variety of European countries. Her memoir, The Devil Wears Clogs, predominantly focuses on her time in the Netherlands as a new expat trying to fit in with a culture that was very different from what she'd been used to before.   more ...

Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

A Guide To Public Holidays In The Netherlands

Friday May 15, 2015 (02:00:43)

Some of the public holidays in the Netherlands coincide with major festivals and celebrations. These are usually non-working days that commemorate some important cultural or historical event. Here is a guide to public holidays in the Netherlands.

New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag)
This day can be rather quiet with most businesses, post offices and banks closed. Very few people go to work and even public transport services are limited. On the night of December 31st, celebrations are held and some towns also have public gatherings with bonfires.   more ...

Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

A Guide To Tipping In The Netherlands: Who, How Much, When And Where?

Monday April 06, 2015 (22:23:18)

Tipping can be among the more confusing aspects of living in a new country – expats everywhere often find themselves wondering, “How much should I tip? How do I leave the tip? Should I tip at all?” In countries like the USA, tipping has become an almost universal requirement, and it is not uncommon to hear stories of restaurant staff asking non-tipping customers whether they were unhappy with the service, with the unstated expectation that satisfactory service must be rewarded with a tip, usually 15% of the bill amount. One the other hand, some countries have no tipping culture at all – only the most exceptional service is rewarded with a tip, and even then it may need be pressed upon the server.   more ...

Netherlands > Working

Netherlands

Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To The Netherlands

Friday February 20, 2015 (01:17:33)

There are lucrative job opportunities available in the Netherlands for the right candidates. The recent years have seen jobs open up in various economic sectors such as services, trade, telecommunications and information technology. Here are some useful job-hunting tips for expats moving to the Netherlands.

Working in the Netherlands

Nationals of European Union (EU) countries, European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Swiss citizens can live and work in the Netherlands freely. The exception may be citizens of some of the recent member countries who may have to obtain a work permit for their first year of residency. Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries need to apply for a work permit or residence permit in order to begin working in the country.   more ...

Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

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

Saturday August 02, 2014 (02:15:36)

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 ...

Netherlands > Education

Netherlands

An Overview Of International Schools in The Netherlands

Wednesday June 04, 2014 (01:14:11)

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 ...

Netherlands > Living

Netherlands

5 Expat Clubs In The Netherlands You Should Consider Joining

Thursday May 22, 2014 (23:56:48)

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 ...