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Netherlands - Recommended Blogs

Monday June 27, 2016 (08:54:04)

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 blogs that might be useful for expats there.

Invading Holland

An incredibly funny and often pathos filled account of 15 years in Amsterdam, illustrated with witty cartoons.   more ...

Netherlands > Living


Thinking About Moving To The Netherlands? Read This First

Friday April 29, 2016 (13:17:07)
(c) tpsdave on pixabay
The Kingdom of the Netherlands, usually known simply as the Netherlands, is one of the most popular expat destinations around the world and particularly in Europe. This small country is among the most densely populated, but it’s also one of the most stable and well-developed. The Netherlands is famous as a liberal and progressive nation, with open and tolerant attitudes to everything from same-sex marriage to abortion to cultural diversity.   more ...

Netherlands > Living


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 ...

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