Applying For Dutch Citizenship As A Third Country National

Carlie: Hey there, it’s Carlie with the Expat Focus Podcast. If this is your first time listening, welcome. We aim to make moving and living abroad easier with episodes packed full of helpful advice and insights from expats from all over the world. We also have a website – it’s – and there you’ll … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In The Netherlands

If you are planning a move to the Netherlands, you will need to consider how you will handle your banking arrangements. Depending on your requirements, there are several options you can choose from.You may be considering maintaining your existing bank accounts, whether to pay bills, for direct debits, or simply so that they’re there if … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In The Netherlands

The Netherlands, a country in Northwestern Europe, is perhaps best known for its flat landscape, peppered with bright tulip fields, and its quaint, picturesque towns, with their beautiful, winding canals. The capital city of Amsterdam is home to a myriad of famous museums, as well as the more seedy and illicit spectacles that garner tourism … Read more

Hiroko, Amsterdam

Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Amsterdam in summer of 2019.The reason I wanted to try my next step abroad was I had this big dream of living and working outside of Japan since more than 10 years ago. Until this year, I had been scared to take risks to … Read more

How To Find A Job In The Netherlands

Citizens from European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries (as well as Switzerland) who are moving to the Netherlands are automatically entitled to Dutch work permission, which is essential to secure employment in the country. If you are from any country outside of these areas, it is likely that you will only be … Read more

How Does Dental Care In The Netherlands Compare With The USA?

Standards of dental care in the USA are particularly high, and dentistry in Europe — particularly in Britain — is the butt of many a joke by American comedians. If you are planning to move to the Netherlands but you are worried about whether you will receive the level of dental care you are used … Read more

How Does Cancer Care In The Netherlands Compare With The USA?

The Netherlands requires all residents to take out a health insurance policy, and insurers are not allowed to turn anyone away for basic cover, regardless of age or medical history. This can come as a relief to expats who have had cancer, since in many countries it can be difficult to get health insurance if … Read more

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